‘They’ve got a bomb’: sounding anti-nuclearism in the anarcho-punk movement in Britain, 1978–84

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Abstract

This article explores the links and tensions in Britain between a musical subculture at its height of creative energy – anarcho-punk – and the anti-nuclear movement, including the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. It identifies and interrogates the anti-nuclear elements of anarcho-punk, looking at its leading band, Crass. At the center is an exploration of the sounds of Crass’ music and singing voices – termed Crassonics – in the context of anti-nuclearism: if the bomb changed music and art, what did the new music sound like?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-236
Number of pages20
JournalRock Music Studies
Volume6
Issue number3
Early online date3 Oct 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • punk rock
  • anarchism
  • Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
  • anti-nuclear
  • 1980s
  • popular music
  • protest
  • social movements

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