Pre-punk groups or protopunk performers (c. 1968–1976) who influenced the development of punk rock.
Protopunk artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes.
"Free Money" by Patti Smith, from the album Horses, 1975.
Patti Smith was an influential artist in the New York punk movement.
Proto-punk refers to a small group of groundbreaking, largely uncategorizable bands who began to emerge in the late '60s, up to the point when punk itself became a phenomenon (around 1975-76).
Song: I Wanna Be Your Dog. Band: The Stooges. Album: The Stooges. Year: 1969. Genre: Proto-Punk.
Iggy Pop and The Stooges were regarded as instrumental in the development of punk rock.
This past July, our sister paper LA Weekly pulled its collected sources at their West Coast Sound music blog and delivered a list of the "Top 20" punk albums in history. A fairly grandiose scheme on their behalf, and thus bound to fall short in some respects, especially for those committed to the genre.
a video of one of the best bands.
The Velvet Underground were influential in the development of punk rock and alternative rock.
Protopunk is a term used to describe a number of performers who were important precursors of the punk rock movement of the mid-1970s and later, or who have been cited by early punk rockers as influential.