What was punk music a reaction against?

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Punk was a rebellion against hippie culture and hippie music.

At the time punk rock got started (late 1960s to early 1970s), rock music had become very stale; it was all about long solos and using 12 different guitars. It was extravagant and pretentious. And the culture surrounding it -- the hippie ideals like peace and love and everybody being nice to everybody else -- seemed trite, unrealistic, namby-pamby, and doomed to failure.

Punk rock was a rebellion against all that. It was a return to simple 3-minute pop tunes, like the songs Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Bo Diddly, etc. did in the '50s, but really loud and hard and fast.
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