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

Mckay, George (2019) ‘They’ve got a bomb’: sounding anti-nuclearism in the anarcho-punk movement in Britain, 1978–84. Rock Music Studies, 6 (3). pp. 217-236. ISSN 1940-1159

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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?

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: punk rock,anarchism,campaign for nuclear disarmament,anti-nuclear,1980s,popular music,protest,social movements,music,cultural studies ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1210
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2019 15:30
Last Modified: 18 May 2020 00:03
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/72728
DOI: 10.1080/19401159.2019.1673076

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