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PITTSBURGH PUNK ROCK

I know many of people who put a lot of work into this scene, and I do not want to see it all destroyed by someone who thinks that punk is nothing more than a Mohawk, a sneer, and a bad attitude. Folx, alternative is a fashion, punk is a community. Its the corporate presidents, politicians, and lawyers that are fucking each other over for their own immediate personal gain... How punk is it to emulate that? How punk is it to act like the schoolyard bully in the mosh pit? How punk is it to plunge a knife into the backs of the few people that support you instead of trying to control you? If punk is all about worrying more about instant gratification than the long-term consequences of your actions, then the Exxon Valdez is the punkest thing that ever happened.
        So the question is, what do we do about it? Im not sure. Ive never had much fondness for police and dont have much of a desire to act as one, but that may be what has to happen. Racist skinheads rarely come to punk shows anymore, because the majority of the scene took a stand and said, Nazis are not welcomed here. Perhaps this is what we have to do now. When youre standing at a show and you see someone drinking beer openly, get in their face and tell them to take it outside, FAR outside. If you see someone destroying the property of the club dont look the other way, call everyones attention to it. Let them know that they are not part of our scene. Dont let the few fuckups ruin the punk scene for all the people that actually care.

            I hate to have to be typing this. I shouldnt have to. This is all common sense. Punk is about supporting each other, not tearing each other down. Punk is about helping to build something, to be a part of something, something OURS, not given to us by the schools, the churches, the youth groups, the government centers, something that we make that we define and we control. But if we lets these few MTV loving mainstream jock assholes in the punk clothing continue to fuck up all out clubs, pretty soon we wont have anything left at all.

                                                                             

                     -Dave Greneir of Retrogression Fanzine

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