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A punk house is a dwelling occupied by individuals that can be identified as members of the punk subculture. Notorious for their poor housekeeping, punk houses provide shelter to touring bands, visiting friends, and anyone needing a place to stay. Many punk houses produce punk zines and provide venues for punk shows. The concept of a punk house is similar to hippie crash pads of the 1960s. Andy Warhol's Factory was also an early example of an alternative music venue of this sort. The Factory, as the home base of The Velvet Underground, is directly linked to the formation of punk rock in New York City.

Examples of punk rock songs that mention punk houses include: "Punkhouse" and "Ashtray" by Screeching Weasel, "Homeo-Apathy" by Leftöver Crack, "Party at 174" by the Bouncing Souls, "Kids of the Black Hole" by The Adolescents,[1] "Welcome to Paradise" by Green Day, "Echo Beach" by Eviction Party, and "Landlords" by Pinhead Gunpowder. Aaron Cometbus, editor of a long-running punk fanzine, chronicled his experiences in a punk house called "Double Duce" in a novel of the same name.[2] The 1984 movie Suburbia revolves around the occupants of a punk house on the outskirts of Los Angeles, California.

Photographer Abby Banks released a book of punk house photography that catalogs many such places in the continental United States in October 2007, titled Punkhouse: Interiors in Anarchy. Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore edited the book.[3]

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