Originally Posted by MrG
Interesting. I wonder if it has something to do with the fact that punk is perceived, at least to the people having the conversations, as having some sort of intrinsic meaning beyond just being music. It means something to them to "be punk."
Yeah, that's my sense. Punk isn't just the name of a genre of music, and that seems to be important. But the comparison to Phish fans is interesting here, I think. They are also about more than the music; there's a kind of lifestyle that goes along with being part of the community. (Of course, Phish is just one band and not a category of music, so some of the boundary issues couldn't take the same form as they do among punk fans.)