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Post-punk emerged in 70s, taking cue from the punk movement. Inspired be some key elements of punk-rock and hanging up of its conventions, post-punk was characterized by experiments and sensibility, bringing new tradition to the rock music. Musicians used the elements of electronic music and avant-garde. They also used new production and recording techniques. Some artists drew inspiration from modernist literature, cinema, and performance arts. Also, there were communities that created visual art, independent record labels, multimedia performances and fanzines.

The earliest post-punk movement included such bands as Wire, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Devo, Talking Heads, Joy Division, Public Image Ltd., and Gang of Four. Post punk was related to the musical genres such as no-wave and industrial. In 1979, the most winning records of British post-punk bands such as Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, PiL’s Metal Box, Wire's 154, Gang of Fours Entertainment!, the Raincoats self-titled album, and American band Talking Heads Fear of Music saw the world.

In 80s, many British bands like Killing Joke (Love Like Blood), The Sound (One Thousand Reasons), The Psychedelic Furs (Love My Way), and The Echo and the Bunnymen (The Killing Moon) also became a part of the big scenes of post-punk, which were mostly located in cities such as Manchester and London.

When the most significant bands of the post-punk movement gave up the aesthetics they developed before, and some of them started to work on more commercial music, the post-punk era ended.