There Was a World (and Music!) Before Punk Rock

Written by: Paul Rubin

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This is in response to Laura McLay‘s latest blog post, “famous punk songs about climate change and optimization“. Like so many young whippersnappers (and the former Soviet Union), she seems to think everything was invented by her generation. I’m here to refute that. (You’ll probably want to read her post before this one, for context.)

Long before “punk rock” meant anything beyond the Jets and the Sharks:

I’ve probably just scratched the surface here. Heck, maybe it’s true that “Everything Old Is New Again” (Peter Allen, cowritten with Carole Bayer Sager, 1974).

Update: Since Marc-André Carle brought up geometry, I feel obligated to point out that geometry begins with basic shapes:

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I'm an apostate mathematician, retired from a business school after 33 years of teaching mostly (but not exclusively) quantitative methods courses. My academic interests lie in operations research. I also study Tae Kwon Do a bit on the side.

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