As mentioned in my previous post, a basic knowledge of where goth music originated is a gothy must. The genres mentioned here are ‘goth rock’, ‘postpunk’, and ‘deathrock’ – all of which overlap to some extent, and all three emerged from the punk scene.
Trying to define what goth is, is like trying to define what art is: Near impossible. If you were to ask ten goths to define what goth is, you would most likely get ten different answers. I can only offer my personal opinion on this matter, but for the sake of education I will attempt to illustrate what the general consensus within the goth community states. As luck would have it, most of the general consensus overlaps greatly with my own personal opinion.