Every now and then while I'm working on my thesis, I find a really great quote. Here's today's:

Overnight, punk had become as stupid as everything else. This wonderful vital force that was articulated by the music was really all about corrupting every form--it was about advocating kids to not wait to be told what to do, but make life up for themselves, it was about trying to get people to use their imaginations again, it was about not being perfect, it was about saying it was okay to be amateurish and funny, that real creativity came out of making a mess, it was about working with what you got in front of you and turning everything embarrassing, awful, and stupid in your life to your advantage."

-- Legs McNeil, Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, 334.

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