How To Be A Punk: From Gold Lame Pedal-Pushers to the Correct Placement of Safety Pins
Do you want to be a punk? This handy guide from the February 1978 issue of Punk Rock Magazine helps you with “The Punk Look” or How to “Dress Like a Punk, Gain Friends and Lose Your Parents”.
Confused about what a punk should never wear? They have a list for you: tie-die, sparkles, glitter, rhinestones, etc., cowboy hats, love beads, fringe, peace signs, and the ilk, mini-dresses, K-Mart polyester specials, platforms, feathers, and disco clothes,
They even have a list of what a punk should eat and drink. A punk never really consumes any food. If he does, it is puked up by the end of the evening. A punk does chew a lot of gum (bubble, any flavor except sugarless) and drinks beer. Together. At the same time. If a punk must eat something, it is potato chips and Budweiser, McDonald’s and Budweiser and bagels and Budweiser of course, Wonder White Bread and Budweiser
If you want to be a real punk you must trim down your record collection. This means selling (or melting) any John Denver, Eagles, Disco (yech) or post-’74 Bee Gees discs you may own. These should be replaced by any early Who, Kinks, Stones or New Wave records you can get your grimy punk hands on. Scratches are OK (it’s a sign of poverty), and yes, you may keep those Hermans Hermits and Monkee LP’s. Remember, sell those albums, but never give them away. Never give anything away, it’s the first rule of Punkdom…
After you’ve learned all you can, you should get your tickets to Riot Fest and put all you’ve learned into practice and be the best punk you can be.