Anarcho-punkAnarcho-punk (sometimes known as peace-punk) is a subgenre of the punk rock movement consisting of groups and bands promoting specifically anarchist ideas. Many anarcho-punks are supporters of issues such as animal rights, feminism, the anti-war movement and are often pacifist (although some support organisations such as Class War) and tend to be in favour of direct action.
Whilst no doubt participants would dispute having any leadership, it's difficult to imagine anarcho-punk existing without the influence of Crass, although Crass founder Penny Rimbaud has stated that it is a label he dislikes. He feels that the anarcho-punks were actually representative of true punk, whilst the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned etc were in fact nothing more than 'music business puppets'.
Many anarcho-punk bands, especially at the local level of unsigned groups, have taken on what is known as a "DIY" ethic: that is, Doing It Yourself, indeed a popular Anarcho-punk slogan reads "DIY not EMI", a reference to a conscious rejection of the major record company of that name. Many anarcho-punk bands were showcased on the Bullshit Detector series of LPs released by Crass Records and Resistance Productions Records between 1980 and 1994. There is an argument that despite promoting an anti-capitalist ideology, these were commodities sold in the market place and thus were inherently contradictory. It is however difficult to see how such groups could otherwise make their music and ideas available, although some anarcho-punk performers were also a part of the Cassette Culture scene. In this way an attempt was made to by-pass the traditional recording and distribution routes, with material often being made available in exchange for "a blank tape plus self-addressed envelope".
Anarcho-punk has been highlighted as one of the social phenomena which took anarchism in the direction of identity politics. Some argue that style became an essential ingredient of the movement, sometimes obscuring other factors, although others would reply that the performers who align(ed) themselves with anarcho-punk in fact embraced a wide diversity of approaches in both format and ideas. This would appear to be bourne out by the range of artists and perfomers listed below.
Some Anarcho-punk bands and musicians (Please add names in alphabetical order)