During the mid-1970s a new, disruptive genre burst onto the music scene in Britain, the United States and Australia. Punk rock stripped bare the perceived excesses of mainstream rock with typically short, fast and punchy songs belted out on basic instrumentation and accompanied by vociferous political or anti-establishment lyrics.
A cultural phenomenon was triggered, epitomised by spiked, studded and ripped clothing held together with safety pins, fetish gear, clashing tartans, unkempt hair dyed unnatural colors or styled in extravagant spikes and coxcombs, and accessorised with crude tattoos and body piercings.
PUNK! celebrates the landmark faction that changed the face of music, fashion and lifestyle, glimpsed through 300 fascinating, humorous and often gritty images handpicked from the vast archives of Mirrorpix.