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A Nazi punk is a neo-Nazi who is part of the punk subculture. The term also describes a type of music.[1] Nazi punk music is similar to most forms of punk rock, although it differs by having lyrics that express hatred of Jews, homosexuals, communists, anarchists, anti-racists and people who are not considered white.

In 1978 in Britain, the white nationalist National Front had a punk-oriented youth organization called the Punk Front.[2] Although the Punk Front only lasted one year, it recruited several English punks, as well as forming a number of white power punk bands such as The Dentists, The Ventz, Tragic Minds and White Boss.[3][4] The Nazi punk subculture appeared in the United States by the early 1980s, during the rise of the hardcore punk scene.[5][6] In the early 1980s, the white power skinhead band Brutal Attack temporarily transformed into a Nazi punk band.[7] They said they did that in the hopes of getting public concerts booked easier, but this tactic did not work, and they soon returned to being a racist skinhead band.

Nazi punks are different from early punks such as Sid Vicious and Siouxsie Sioux, who are believed to have incorporated Nazi imagery such as Swastikas for shock or comedy value.

Footnotes

  1. Wallace, Amy. The Official Punk Rock Book of Lists. Backbeat Books, 2007. p. 186
  2. Reynolds, Simon. Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984. Penguin (Non-Classics), 2006. p. 65
  3. Reynolds, Simon. Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984. Penguin (Non-Classics), 2006. p. 65
  4. Sabin, Roger. Punk Rock: So What?: The Cultural Legacy of Punk. Routledge, 1999. pp. 207-208.
  5. Andersen, Mark. Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capital. Akashic Books, 2003. p. 159
  6. Flynn, Michael. Globalizing the Streets. Columbia University Press, 2008. p. 191
  7. "The Straps: History"

Bibliography

  • Punk Rock: So What? by Roger Sabin.
  • Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds.
  • American Hardcore: A Tribal History by Steven Blush.
  • The Punk Front: 1978-79. British National Front production.
  • Memoirs of a Street Soldier: A life in White Nationalism by Eddy Morrison.
  • Condemned Magazine issue #2.

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