Proto Punk is a style of rock music of the 60s and the early to mid-70s. Proto Punk refers to bands that didn't fit the counter culture ,base off the performance and the way bands played, often loud and energetic. Garage rock bands are labeled as Protopunk, bands like The Stooges and the MC5, along with Glam rock bands such as New York Dolls and Sweat. The earliest example of Proto Punk can be traced back to 1950s Rock n Roll, such as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard.

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