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The birthplace of punk rock is as contested as the proverbial chicken and egg. The UK, the US, Australia, amongst others, all have a deserved horse in the race, but the truth is a little less clear-cut.

What is generally termed “punk” refers to the artistic and musical movement of the mid to late 1970s that spilled through to the 1980s. As a movement in the 1970s, punk was heavily politicised. It was, though not confined to, a…