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“Radio was one key arena for rebellion. Tightly controlled FM formats, mostly programmed by a small group of consulting firms, kept new music off the radio. College radio jumped into the breach, providing a valuable conduit. Now indie shows could be well promoted; records could be adequately showcased. The corporate exploitation of new wave had proved the major [labels] could co-opt punk’s musical style, but they couldn’t co-opt punk’s infrastructure – the local underground scenes, labels, radio stations, fanzines and stores. They, perhaps more so than in any particular music style, are punk’s most enduring legacy.”

Our Band Could Be Your Life, Michael Azerrad

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