Were Gandhi alive today, would he be interested in punk rock? Perhaps the music itself would repel him; it isn’t very much like traditional Indian music, and its intensity is not for everyone. However, he would probably be interested by the ideologies put forth by some punk bands. Bands like Minor Threat and Youth of Today sang about being “straight edge”, or forgoing drugs, alcohol, and premarital sex in favor of living a “clean” life. In songs like “Bottled Violence”, Minor Threat speaks of the negative impact of alcohol and violence, which is something shockingly similar to what Gandhi preached. In a different vein, bands such as Black Flag and the Dead Kennedys in California practiced civil disobedience in singing songs against police brutality and the establishment in general. Black Flag was infamous for spray painting their famous bars logo all over the Los Angeles area during the 1980s. These acts of breaking the law without harming anyone are similar to the salt march, which broke a law but was otherwise peaceful. Black Flag and Gandhi were also both aggressive marketers, spreading their name through news sources. Many punk bands were hated by the police, just like Gandhi. Punk bands in the 80s had a D.I.Y. ethic, such as Gandhi’s famous spinning campaign. Gandhi’s influence is not just in political places. A man as great as him can’t help but influence people outside of his work.