Archy in the U.S.

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This NY Times piece on the 2003 Warped Tour notes in passing that a group of Marines were on hand recruiting, as young punkers lined up to do chin-ups. Bit of a change of pace from the 70s. Of course, punk shows weren't sponsored by shoe companies then, either.

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  1. Eh, the way I see it, at least this punk rock is inspired by a shoe company whose promotional machine is run based on long-lasting shoes for the skate/punk crowd, rather than abstract advertisements about running from chickens (Nike) that serve mainly to glaze over human rights abuses.

    Now the “emo” thing I would protest, but I think that there’s still punk rock with the same rebellious soul as it had in the ’70s. Times change, but the underlying attitude is still there, somewhere behind all the 15-minute pop acts.

  2. infotainment at its best. when the ramones are selling cell phones you know it is a different gen.

    but as iggy pop said, if you the music was not made to be commercial, but a corporation wants to use the rights to it after the fact, the art is not compromised.

  3. The title of this article is Archy in the United States — not “Anarchy in Canada.”

  4. “Sell out, sell out. Yeah that’s the name of the game. Sell out, sell out. That anybody can play. Sell out, sell out. It’s easy once you concede, that love ain’t all you need.” Klaatu

    So Steve, where are the skate punks’ shoes made, and how much are the workers paid? If your objection is just which brand is giving them the money, you’re on pretty thin ice.

  5. Mounty: What, we ain’t allowed in your park? Or you just don’t like obscure references to even more obscure Canadian rock acts?

  6. The first Lollapalooza had a booth from Refuse and Resist, which is a front group for some Maoist party. It was a couple years after Tiannamen Square, and they got a lot of shit.

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