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The Soviet Bloc Unwinds: Crash Course European History #46

In the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, protests and unrest continued continued across Europe, and the Soviet Union was having increasing trouble holding its sphere of influence together. Today you’ll learn about the labor strikes of Poland, the dissident punks of East Germany, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the breakup of theContinue reading “The Soviet Bloc Unwinds: Crash Course European History #46”

Don’t Need You: The Herstory of Riot Grrrl – Feminism, Punk Rock and Politics

Riot grrrl is an underground feminist punk movement that began during the early 1990s within the United States in Olympia,[1] Washington[2] and the greater Pacific Northwest. It also expanded to at least 26 other countries.[3] Riot grrrl is a subcultural movement that combines feminism, punk music and politics.[4] It is often associated with third-wave feminism, which is sometimes seen as having grown out of the riot grrrl movement, andContinue reading “Don’t Need You: The Herstory of Riot Grrrl – Feminism, Punk Rock and Politics”

The Very Latinx History of Punk

Punk is more than music: It’s a way of life; it’s a politic; it says something about the world we’ve lived in and the world we want to create. It’s also served as a haven for the misfits, the disillusioned and the marginalized. But the narratives that exist about punk, outside those in the know,Continue reading “The Very Latinx History of Punk”

Before There Was Punk: Death – Black History Month

Death is an Americanrock band formed in Detroit, Michigan, United States, in 1971 by brothers Bobby (bass, vocals), David (guitar), and Dannis (drums) Hackney. The trio started out as a funk band but switched to rock after seeing a concert by The Who.[1] Seeing Alice Cooper play was also an inspiration.[2] Music critic Peter Margasak retrospectively wrote that David “pushed the group in a hard-rock direction thatContinue reading “Before There Was Punk: Death – Black History Month”

Bad Brains – Black History Month

Bad Brains are an American rock band formed in Washington, D.C. in 1977. They are widely regarded as among the pioneers of hardcore punk,[1][2][3] though the band’s members have objected to this term to describe their music.[4] They are also an adept reggae band, while later recordings featured elements of other genres like funk,[5] heavy metal,[1] hip hop and soul.[5] Bad Brains are followers of the Rastafari movement.[5] Originally formed as a jazzContinue reading “Bad Brains – Black History Month”