They could go back home. They could call their mom or dad and say, “Get me outta here.” Whereas someone who was raised in a project on Columbia Street and was hanging out on the edge of Tompkin Square Park can’t escape. Those kids don’t have anyplace to go. They can’t go back to Great Neck, They can’t go back to Connecticut. They can’t go back to boarding school in Baltimore. They’re trapped.
So there developed another kind, more of a lumpen hippie, who really came from and abused childhood - from parents that hated them, from parents that threw them out. Maybe they came from a religious family that would call them sluts or say “You had an abortion, get out of here” or “I found birth control pills in your purse, get out of here, go away.” And those kids fermented into a kind of hostile street person. Punk types."
— Ed Sanders from Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk (via queerravenclaw)