A punk house is a dwelling occupied by members of the punk subculture. Punk houses are similar to the hippie crash pads of the 1960s and the slan shacks of science fiction fandom. The Factory, an alternative living space founded by Andy Warhol as the home base of The Velvet Underground, is directly linked to the formation of punk rock in New York City. In the early 1980s, a few punk gangs developed around allegiance to certain punk houses.
Punk houses are often centered around certain political or personal ideologies. It is not uncommon for a punk house to be anarchist, strictly straight-edge, or vegan. A clique of punks may start a punk house by squatting an abandoned building, by renting, or by owning property. Punk houses are often communally inhabited in an attempt to minimize the individual expense of rent or property tax.
Punk houses serve as backdrops for local scenes; punk houses often provide overnight shelter to touring punk rock bands, and sometimes serve as a venue for shows. Bands or record labels sometimes form in a particular punk house. Many punk houses have associated punk zines that sometimes share the name of the house. Groups of anarcho-punks run their houses as communes. Inhabitants sometimes identify their houses with unique names and symbols so they can represent their residence with clothing, slogans, and graffiti.
... Notable punk rock songs that mention punk houses include "Punkhouse" and "Ashtray" by Screeching Weasel, "Homeo-Apathy" by Leftöver Crack, "Party at ... Aaron Cometbus chronicled his experiences in a punk house called "Double Duce", in a novel of the same name ... Photographer Abby Banks released Punkhouse Interiors in Anarchy, a book of punk house photography that catalogs many such places in the United States ...
Famous quotes containing the words house and/or punk:
“Wearing overalls on weekdays, painting somebody elses house to earn money? Youre working class. Wearing overalls at weekends, painting your own house to save money? Youre middle class.”
—Lawrence Sutton, British prizewinner in competition in Sunday Correspondent (London)
“When theres no future
How can there be sin
Were the flowers in the dustbin
Were the poison in your human machine
Were the future
God Save the Queen”
—The Sex Pistols, British punk band (1976-1979)