Coinage of Musical Term "Heavy Metal"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Mar 26 18:52:05 UTC 2003

On Wed, 26 Mar 2003, FRITZ JUENGLING wrote:

> someone tell me that Elvis really wasn't rock n roll.  The use of "punk
> rock" of the early 60's bears little resemblance to its use in the late
> 70's. I don't know of any bands from the 60's who had the antics of the
> Sex Pistols, Wendy Williams etc.  So, terms change over time. Fritz

Judging from currently known evidence, the term "punk rock" did not exist
in the 1960s.

Fred Shapiro

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