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Before there was Punk Rock, there was Proto Punk (or Proto-punk), a largely retrospective term for a genre that blossomed between 1963 and 1976: a raw, energetic, frenetic relative of Garage Rock where Three Chords and the Truth were the ammo and rebellion was the spirit.

Protopunk bands didn't get much mainstream appraisal: critics called the minimalist, less polished sound "amateurish" or "sloppy", and the hippie crowd was turned off by the brutality and sleaziness. When Punk Rock broke to the mainstream in 1977, some of the rock bands before them began to be seen in a new light as the missing link between Rock and punk, thus the name protopunk.

Proto-punk is difficult to define and was never a movement like Punk Rock was. However these are some tropes that apply to it:

Examples of protopunk musicians


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