Kent State DID NOT Give Birth to Punk!

WaPo posted the most ridiculous idea about Birth of Punk: Kent State. SMH. My posted response:

As someone known for extensively photographing first gen punk, including Devo and Rubber City Rebels, I can only shake my head at this thesis. Wanna tell it to the Ramones, Patti Smith, Blondie, Television and Talking Heads, performing in the early 1970s? Sex Pistols and the Clash were performing by 1976.

I just today received a new Clash book, with 10 of my photos, many never seen. AND a BIG shoutout at top of the credits. I have FAR more cred than this author.

Plus, Detroit and New York were FAR more influential and earlier. Iggy and the Stooges, MC5, Velvet Underground, New York Dolls, and a wide variety of garage bands (see Rhino’s Nuggets by Lenny Kaye, known for the Patti Smith Group). Plus even Glam/Glitter.

Plus, Devo and Chrissie Hynde were NEVER punks. (I am a HUGE Devo fan. They’ve used several of my photos in various projects, for NO money.) [Click TITLE to read WHOLE post]

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