Punk rock was created in the UK by teenagers and youth with cheap equipment. YOU presumably weren’t there.
It was an emancipation.
A much needed revolution.
It let young people make music for young people again and it revolutionised the usual route to a career in popular music.
New record labels, etc., were created to take the making of music OUT of the hands of the fat-cat businessmen. The money-men in suits and ties had to initially watch in disdain but then scramble to get a foot in the door.
Prior to the punk revolution, to be in a gigging band that got gigs in pubs/clubs, the expectation was to have the best gear possible: instruments, amplifiers, a PA, mikes, effect pedals.
Punk destroyed that expectation. Literally destroyed it. I was in a band prior to the punk revolution so know from first hand experience.
And that was a GREAT thing!
I also was disdainful initially, but quickly changed my mind when I saw the welcome changes it brought.
I remember seeing The Cure when they had their first single in the charts, at (I think) the Bournemouth Winter Gardens in 1976-ish, and being amazed that they played a large hall with just tiny amps and Woolworth guitars fed into the hall’s big PA system. They DELIBERATELY rejected the Fenders and Gibsons and walls of Marshall’s approach that was then prevalent. And they still made a glorious sound.
That made young people realise anyone could form a band and write songs. You didn’t need all that expensive gear and self-indulgent, egocentric, flatulent-masturbatory-‘virtuosity’ to make interesting, fun, entertaining music. You ONLY needed cheap instruments, a few chords and the guts to get up on stage and risk rejection.
So many great bands and songs came out of Punk — or as it was also called, New Wave:
The Cure, The Police, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Elvis Costello, Magazine, Sham 69, The Stranglers, Siouxie and the Banshees, The Damned, The Buzzcocks, U2, The Pretenders, Adam and the Ants, The Clash, The Boomtown Rats, TRB, The Jam, Blondie, XTC, Billy Idol, Gang of Four, Stiff Little Fingers, etc., etc.