The aesthetic of radicalism : the relationship between punk and the patriotic nationalist movement of the Basque country
Title: The aesthetic of radicalism : the relationship between punk and the patriotic nationalist movement of the Basque country
Author: LAHUSEN, Christian
Citation: Popular music, Vol. 12, No. 3, 1993, pp. 263-280
ISSN: 0261-1430; 1474-0095
The relationship between popular music and social movements does not in itself constitute an exceptional phenomenon. However, Basque Radical Rock (as Basque punk has come to be called) has emerged as a peculiar phenomenon of the history of political mobilisation in Euskadi (the Basque name for Basque country). This peculiarity is due to the fusion of an eminently anti-establishment music of anglo-saxon origin with a nationalist patriotic movement. The 'alliance' between these two such diverse spheres is the theme of this article. Such an alliance is of interest because it reveals how the discursive and organisational linkages which formed Basque radical rock defined a common struggle shared by punks and nationalist activists.
First published online: 11 November 2008
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