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1. dried decayed wood that smoulders when ignited: used as tinder
2. any of various other substances that smoulder when ignited, esp one used to light fireworks



a material that smolders when a spark falls on it. Punk is used to start a fire by striking steel against a flint. It is prepared from the sporophores of various fungi of the genus Fomes, particularly the tinder fungus (F. fomentarius), which grows mainly on the birch tree. To obtain punk, the sporophore is separated from the rest of the fruiting body, impregnated with potassium nitrate, and dried. Punk was used to kindle fires primarily before matches came into widespread use.

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Greene incorporates serious academic approaches along with a tongue-in-cheek mixture of profanity, photographs from the artistic group NN (No Name), concert fliers, interviews with band members, and copies of his blog to analyze the punk movement from the point of view of an intellectual punk who rebels against the staid academic writing prevalent in the field.
He said: "I have been a punk for 40 years, and when I heard about this happening it was like all my Christmases had come at once.
The few punks who do populate the chapters are almost exclusively musicians.
I now work offshore as a Helideck landing officer and I'll be 50 later this year, but I still go to watch punk bands, the next being Sham 69 and the Angelic Upstarts in June.
After exploring the history and (admittedly mixed) successes of anti-racist organizing in punk rock, White Riot takes a look at multicultural and multiracial punk rock, and the ways in which a predominantly Anglo-centric cultural phenomenon has spread around the world.
Jessica Steinhoff, "Legs McNeil Resurrects Please Kill Me for a New Generation of Punks, Drunks, and Music-History Junkies Too Tough to Die," Isthmus: Daily Page, 26 September 2012, http://www.
Exhibit B: "My punk IQ is low," rapper Frank Ocean yielded.
It was a privilege to be in the video for Punks Not Dad because they are very witty.
Best punk memory - "A school trip to Parliament and seeing real life punks for the first time at Tower Bridge.
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Neatly ducking in and out of its musical history lesson, the pic gets down to the nitty gritty of how punk is practiced and preached today.