Rimbaud defends Crass’ legacy against accusations that ‘punk was rubbish’
With 2016 being widely heralded as punk rock’s fortieth anniversary, there’s already been (only three months into the year) a great deal of retrospective cultural revisiting of punk’s formative moments. Some of that reflection and reassessment has been insightful, but there’s also been great deal of dross: from crass revisionism and attempts at re-appropriation by pillars of the establishment; to desperate ‘look at me’ stunts from the overly-indulged; to a lot overwrought journalism, much of it of the “Ooh, can you believe what I just said? Well, I did. Did I shock you? Take that, your preconceptions!” variety.
In this latter stream of flamebait comes Noisey’s Punk Was Rubbish and it didn’t change anything: an investigation.
What’s most interesting about Jeremy Allen‘s piece is the contribution of Crass’ Penny Rimbaud, who provides the kind of forthright and fulsome defence of anarchist punk practice that he often appears…
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