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Effects of the Dada on Punk Rock

The movement spread in the confusion of a world that would bring about such tragedy as that of World War I and its trench warfare. According to Dadaist Hans Richtner, "the confusion was only a cover. The provocations, demonstrations and oppositions were only a means to provoke the bourgeois" rage and bring them to a rude awakening." This universal rejection of conventions in art and thought sought to shock society into self-awareness, most often through art forms such as mechanomorphic works, ready-mades, and photomontage pieces. This condemnation of society and reality, amongst other common characteristics, was also found later in the twentieth century with the development of the movement that came to be known as punk rock. Punk rock had much...

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