punk rock

The “Godmother of Punk Rock,” Patti Smith, on creativity and invention. She’s with us.

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Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain would have turned 50 years old today. The artist who embodied the grunge movement was born on Feb. 20, 1967 in Aberdeen, Washington. The band’s popularity skyrocketed in the 1990s, but Cobain struggled with fame, and killed himself on April 5, 1994.

Rowman & Littlefield

Punk rock erupted on to the American music stage in the late 1970s with a stripped-down sound, aggressive tones and manic beats.