“It was people like Joe Strummer who became the news for a lot of young people.” – Henry Rollins

Good read on politics and punk below:

“It’s important to remember that the musicians within the punk movement — and any artist for that matter — are first and foremost a citizens of the world,” Antonino D’Ambrosio, who edited the book “Let Fury Have the Hour: Joe Strummer, Punk, and the Movement that Shook the World,” told ATTN:. “For this reason, they serve as a mirror reflecting back the issues that dominate the social, political, cultural landscape of their time (and open a window into a different world),” he said.

D’Ambrosio explained that many bands were dealing with the “fallout of industrialization and havoc post-industrialization” that created the income inequality and power inequality we see today. Some punk bands took on a more nihilistic “we’re all screwed” kind of attitude, but other artists like Joe Strummer of The Clash used music to promote resistance and change.

Source: How Punk Bred Generations of Political Thinking