Ongoing History of New Music

The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 727: Why Punk Happened

For the casual observer, punk seemed to explode everywhere at once in about 1977. In the days before the Internet, social media and music video channels, punk appeared in cities around the planet almost simultaneously. Was this really what happened? And if it was, how did it happen? What’s the difference between what we saw in New York compared to London, Toronto, LA and San Francisco? Who was responsible?

These are the questions we’re going to ask–and hopefully answer–on this week’s show. Here’s the playlist courtesy of playlistist Eric Wilhite.


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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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