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proto- +‎ punk


protopunk (uncountable)

  1. Collectively, the music (of various genres and backgrounds) that influenced the later punk movement in the 1970s.
    • 2006, Katherine Charlton, Rock music styles: a history (page 69)
      Garage bands popularize protopunk rebellion.
    • 2009, Chelsea Cain, Sweetheart (page 216)
      Susan wasn't in the mood to talk about glass, or bees, or even protopunk feminist singer-songwriter poets of the 1970s, and she was almost always in the mood to talk about them.
    • 2009 June 27, Bruce Weber, “Sky Saxon, Lead Singer for the Seeds, Dies at 71”, in New York Times[1]:
      Sky Saxon, the mop-haired bass player and front man for the psychedelic protopunk band the Seeds, whose 1965 song “Pushin’ Too Hard” put a Los Angeles garage-band spin on the bad-boy rocker image personified by the Rolling Stones, died Thursday in Austin, Tex.