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"Kraftwerk - I don't think they even knew how big they were among the black masses back in 1977 when they came out with 'Trans Europe Express'. When that came out I thought that was one of the best and weirdest damn records I ever heard in my life ..That's an amazing group to see -jus' to see what computers and all that can do."--Afrika Bambaataa, 1984, in Rap Attack by David Toop

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1977 is the 977th year of the 2nd millennium, the 77th year of the 20th century, and the 8th year of the 1970s decade.

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  • Punky Reggae Party by Bob Marley
    • While in exile in London [1977], Bob Marley was introduced to punk bands, such as The Clash. Inspired by their efforts to expose various oppressive tactics used against racial minority groups, the fusion between punk and reggae was imminent. The result was the recording of 'Punky Reggae Party' with producer Lee Perry at the helm. A live version was recorded and released on Babylon By Bus.
  • Punk's breakthrough
    • In the summer of 1977, Time and Newsweek informed their readers of a new subculture, called "punk," that had emerged at a few rock clubs in the United States and Britain. It was a style of exuberant ugliness. Men and women alike wore short hair that had been cut seemingly at random, and dyed unnatural colors. Flesh was pierced in sundry locations, at times with safety pins. Punk bands had names like the Dead Boys or The Clash. The music was very loud, very fast, and seldom involved more than three chords. Dancing was spasmodic. Spitting was common. -- Scott McLemee
  • Wackies
    • The 1977 opening of a diminutive record shop at 4731 White Plains Rd. in New York City marked the foundation of the first essential reggae studio/label in the United States, Wackie’s House of Music. Founded by Jamaican producer Lloyd “Bullwackie” Barnes, Wackie’s House of Music was a haven for aspiring reggae artists, helping not only to support reggae artists, but also to establish a reggae sentiment in the United States. --Craig Terlino

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