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American Grandstand: Hey Rocky, what's a punk?

Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone, 10 March 1977

AS ROLLING Stone has developed a nonrock readership, columnists from William Buckley to Russell Baker have been confused by some of the more arcane rock jargon. In a way, it's hard to understand why: rock never developed the double-talk complexity of Mezz Mezzrow's jazz argot. On the other hand, I can guess the problem: rock opera isn't opera, jazz rock is often neither here nor there, Arp 2600 probably doesn't have real specific connotations for most of the public.

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