David Ensminger on The Source: How Activism, Outreach Built 'The Politics of Punk'
“Punk rock erupted on to the American music stage in the late 1970s with its stripped down sound, aggressive tones and manic beats.
Over the next decade, punk’s music and attitude demonstrated a calculated rejection of the cloying excesses and insincerity of the music and media of the disco '70s. But it was also a rejection of the "Greed is good" mantra of the Reagan revolution. Certainly punk meant different things to different people, but there was definite trajectory and central theme, which gave much of the music a dominating political message.
David Ensminger writes about that in his book “The Politics of Punk: Protest and Revolt from the Streets.” He says it's epitomized in this 1988 song – “You are the Government” by the band Bad Religion"