The movement Rock in Opposition was formed in the 1970´s and gathered left-wing oriented interprets that were revolting against the monopoly of big recording companies. They were refusing the rock cliché and bombastic rock shows. They were first to refuse anglo-centrism in music as promoted by the market and media.
Their best known recording is The World As It Is from 1980. The best known musicians are Chris Cutler and Fred Frith, former members of the group the Henry Cow.
After the dissolution of the hippies movement of the 1960´s into many directions under the pressure of establishment and commercialism started to emerge new bands that were negating the flower era. Frank Zappa started to produce music with sarcastic texts that was filled with electronic experiments and often music anarchism. These bands wanted to be apart the rock and pop mainstream. They were spiritually close to the European movement Rock in Opposition. The New San Francisco Underground did not gain any attention in the US but it became a cult in Europe
The Residents are probably the best know anonymous band in the world. They wore the eyeball heads during their performances in order to conceal their identity. Interprets that recorded with them never met them in the studio, they report on getting instructions via walkie-talkie. The Residents were new in using the recording studio as a music instrument by itself.
Egon Bondy’s Happy Hearts Club Banned, 1978 (1974), full album
Passion Performance – refers to Easter, full album
How it Will Be After Death, 1979, full album
Beef Slaughter, 1983, not performing live anymore in this period
Propagandist movie Attempt on Culture, 1977
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WTO and Protests
“Cops even used kind of shooting-teargas guns upon us. I’ve been doing protest since more than 20 years in France and it’s the first time i’ve ever seen such a thing. So at first, when i saw many of them flying in the sky, i thought they were only smoke bombs. Then the whole Place de la République got completely invaded by teargas, and cops started beating the shit out of people. But protesters stood very strong, there’s been great solidarity and when cops tried to extract one by one people that they had surrounded, all protesters would hold on to that person and managed several times to prevent cops from taking them, while shouting “bisous-câlins, bisous-câlins”, which means “kisses and hugs, kisses and hugs” – a peaceful slogan aimed to make obvious the ridiculousness of such repression toward non violent protesters.”
People’s Assembly on Dow-DuPont crimes of Genocide and Ecocide
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