Tag: Music

‘Grey zones’ in music scenes – A blurred concept, or ‘the attempt to nail a jelly to the wall’

In the context of research on music and politics – especially on White Power Music – one will sooner or later come across the term “grey zone” (also: “gray zone”/ “gray area”), which is in most cases used to label bands on political fringes, predominantly on the right. But, whereas the relation of music and… Continue reading “‘Grey zones’ in music scenes – A blurred concept, or ‘the attempt to nail a jelly to the wall’”

Kyiv, Ukraine: a new hub for international neo-Nazi concerts

According to a report released this week by The Soufan Center, Ukraine is “emerging as a hub in the broader network of transnational white supremacy extremism.” But Ukraine, in particular the capital Kyiv, also appears to be emerging as a centre for something else: neo-Nazi concerts. Over the past year, as a journalist who focuses… Continue reading “Kyiv, Ukraine: a new hub for international neo-Nazi concerts”

Cancel Morrissey? – controversy over music and free speech

These controversies persist because Morrissey has been able to continue to make statements in interviews, and to publicise even more on his website. On the iconic Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival this year, The Killer’s lead singer Brandon Flowers was joined by The Smiths Johnny Marr for a rendition of ‘This Charming Man.’ In a… Continue reading “Cancel Morrissey? – controversy over music and free speech”

The National Action Trial, Nazi Fetishism, and the Neo-folk Conundrum

The recent trial of Oxfordshire-based neo-Nazi couple Adam Thomas and Claudia Patatas, who were both found guilty of being members of the banned terrorist group National Action, has once again plunged the extreme right into the headlines in Britain. Patatas, 38, and Thomas, 22, have become easy targets for tabloid sensationalism. These are fanatics who… Continue reading “The National Action Trial, Nazi Fetishism, and the Neo-folk Conundrum”