Informative Speech Of Punk Rock Culture

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Specific Purpose: To inform the audience of the punk rock culture.

Thesis: The punk rock culture is something that you all have probably been exposed to, but may not know much about.

Organizational Pattern: Topical

I. Introduction
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Body First, we will chronicle the beginnings of punk rock.
1. According to Eric Jaffe of In Music We Trust online magazine, punk rock surfaced in the early months of 1975.
2. Also, he talks about who started the punk rock revolution. This is a topic that most people have very different opinions about. However, everyone can agree that punk music started in either New York City or in Great Britain. This is something that we will go over later in the speech.
3. There are many answers as to why punk rock music came about.
a. Eric Jaffe lends the idea that the popular bands of the late sixties and early seventies, like The Who, helped to give a certain sound to the first punk bands.
b. He also says that it is possible that teens of the mid-seventies were getting tired of the "absurdity of stage shows that rock and roll had turned to". He uses the example of Alice Cooper, whose shows consisted of garish make-up, live boa constrictors, and toy dolls meeting their death in electric chairs and gallows. Because of this, teens tried to make a new scene and genre of music that shied away from such tactics.

Transition: Now that we have talked about the history of punk rock, we will explore the most prominent bands associated with the beginning of the
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Punk rockers have, to say the least, found ways to physically separate themselves from the rest of society. Ill-fitting clothes, mohawks, and hair of all colors of the rainbow barely brush the surface of these differences. I have a clip from SLC Punk!, starring Matthew Lillard, in which this bias against punks becomes visible. [Show videoclip].

Transition: All of these examples help to show what it is truly like to see yourself as "punk rock".

III. Conclusion A. Thesis/Summary: Hopefully, from hearing of the history, prominent bands, and the effects that the punk rock culture has had on society, you now have a better understanding and a higher interest in this culture. B. Memorable Close: In Hairstyles of the Damned, by Joe Meno, he writes, "Growing up as a punk in Chicago wasn't easy. There weren't many of us, and we always got our asses beat. But the friends I made were something I would never give up, hell, I never will. What separates you from society can also help to bring you closer…"


Jaffe, Eric. (2005, August/September). The History of Punk Rock. In Music We Trust, Article 71. Retrieved September 26, 2005, from
Meno, Joe. (2004). Hairstyles of the Damned. Chicago: Punk Planet

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