Anti-War: Anarcho-Punk Compilation, Vol. 1

Anti-War: Anarcho-Punk Compilation, Vol. 1


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Anti-War: Anarcho-Punk Compilation, Vol. 1

The first of four volumes retelling the story of the early- to mid-'80s anarchist-punk movement, Anti-War: Anarcho-Punk, Vol. 1 takes its title from the opening cut by Dirt -- "Anti-War" itself, which was drawn from their still-remarkable Just an Error album, and stands as a pertinent reminder not only of the state of the U.K. peace movement on either side of the Falklands War, but also of how universal such sentiments remain twenty years on. It should also serve as a wake-up call to everybody who declares the anarchist-punk scene to be little more than a succession of increasingly smudged photocopies of Crass' original manifesto. True, a lot of the bands that delved into these waters were pursuing Crass' lead, both politically and musically. But just as many bands brought an entire new theater of war to the proceedings, and the 23 bands here highlight some of the most remarkable acts in the arena -- Zounds, Flowers in the Dustbin, Anthrax, Rubella Ballet and the Lost Cherrees among them. Drawing its contents from long out of print singles, discarded demos and forgotten outtakes, Anti-War is not the anarchist-punk community's greatest hits. It is, however, a snapshot of rock & roll at its most socially, culturally and effortlessly pertinent -- and three further volumes will impress those attributes even further.

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Release Date: 01/13/2008
Label: Overground Records
UPC: 0604388647620
catalogNumber: 103
Rank: 74751

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