Crass Commodities

  title={Crass Commodities},
  author={Stacy Thompson},
  journal={Popular Music and Society},
  pages={307 - 322}
  • S. Thompson
  • Published 1 September 2004
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  • Popular Music and Society
In 1984, after seven years of touring and producing records, the English punk rock band Crass broke up. That same year, Penny Rimbaud, the band’s founder and one of its vocalists, commented “[w]e were no longer convinced that by simply providing what had broadly become entertainment we were having any real effect” (“... In Which Crass Voluntarily”). What made the breakup of Crass different from that of any previous punk rock band—for example, the much more famous collapse of the Sex Pistols in… 
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A revised version of this essay appears in the SUNY Press book Punk Productions: Unfinished Business by Stacy Thompson. We reprint it here with permission in accordance with fair use legislation