Keeping a finger on the pulse

Crass, White Punks On Hope

in Explore/Issue #2 by

Words by Wim Van Hooste

They said we were trash
Well the name is Crass, not Clash
They can stuff their punk credentials
Cos it’s them that take the cash

What’s the link between the label/band Crass and Iceland? Let me try to explain…

What about Crass?

No cult of personality

In 1977, the English collective and punk rock band CRASS was formed. These ‘pur sang’ anarchists promoted anarchism as a political ideology, a way of life and a resistance movement. The anarcho-punk movement of CRASS was about the punk subculture, advocating direct action, animal rights and environmentalism. The ‘Do It Yourself’ punk ethic approach was used in all of their leaflets, sound collages, albums and movies. So you could see CRASS as a sort of ‘art punk’, well known for their anti-war, anarchist, feminist and anti-consumerist graffiti.

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Stína has followed her passion to Icelandic music as a music journalist since 2010. She joined then a writing team of Muzyka Islandzka - a Polish website dedicated to Icelandic music. Spreading her wings, Stína started her adventure with Icelandic language and moved to Reykjavík where she studied the language at the university. She also takes an active part in life of the local music scene. Since 2014 Stína had run a music blog that was transformed in 2017 into a printed magazine on Icelandic music.

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