Pub Rock

Pub rock is a rock music genre that was developed in the early to mid-1970s in the United Kingdom. Pub rock band included Kilburn and The High Roads (Ian Dury), Dr Feelgood, and Ducks Deluxe. A back-to-basics movement which incorporated roots rock, pub rock was a reaction against expensively recorded and produced progressive rock and flashy glam rock. Although short-lived, pub rock was notable for rejecting huge stadium venues and for returning live rock to the small intimate venues (pubs and clubs-like The Hope And Anchor) of its early years. Since major labels showed no interest in pub rock groups, pub rockers sought out independent record labels such as Stiff Records. Indie labels used relatively inexpensive recording processes, so they had a much lower break-even point for a record than a major label.
With pub rock’s emphasis on small venues, simple, fairly inexpensive recordings and indie record labels, it was the catalyst for the development of the British punk rock scene. Despite these shared elements, though, there was a difference between the genres: while pub rock harked back to early rock and roll and R&B, punk was iconoclastic, and sought to break with the past musical traditions.

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