Crass and Communal Living: Blending the Subversive into the Everyday in Epping Forest

Dines, Mike ORCID logoORCID: (2012) Crass and Communal Living: Blending the Subversive into the Everyday in Epping Forest. In: Biennial IASPM-UK/Ireland conference: Imagining Communities Musically: Putting Popular Music in its Place, 05-07 Sept 2012, University of Salford, MediaCityUK, Manchester, UK. . [Conference or Workshop Item]


Born from the debris of first-wave punk, the anarcho-punk scene was a conscious shift from the rhetorical – almost nihilistic – notion of the anarchic; from the Pistols’ shouts of ‘chaotic’ intent, towards the building of a subculture built upon co-operation and complicity. In this paper, I wish to examine this re-appropriation of ‘anarchy’ through an exploration of the anarcho-punk band Crass who, living in ‘Dial House’, a communal/collective living space in Epping Forest, were able to enact the complex relations between the musical, the artistic, and a radical lifestyle encompassing ‘anarcho’, feminist and pacifist ideals. Through highlighting the connection between artistic process and communal locale, one may distinguish a ‘space’ where punk was transformed into a seemingly theoretical anarchistic way of life; embracing a sense of political/social idealism and organised dissent, the intertwining of the political and the real, and the blending of the subversive into the everyday.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts > Music group
Item ID: 34526
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Depositing User: Mike Dines
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2022 12:39
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2022 19:10

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