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List of Anarchist Musicians
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The following is a list of anarchist musicians, which details the instruments such musicians use, musical genres they perform, and, if applicable, bands they are members of.
An anarchist is a person who rejects formalized hierarchy and supports its elimination. Anarchism is a political philosophy that advocates self-governed societies with voluntary institutions.
This list only deals with individual, self-identified anarchists who are musicians. Musicians who have not self-identified as anarchists are not included; nor are bands and music collectives who collectively identify as anarchist, although individual members thereof may be.
Richard Famous: English singer and guitarist; performed punk rock; former member of Poison Girls (1978-1995)
Neil Ferguson: English bassist and audio engineer; performs punk rock; member of Chumbawamba
Léo Ferré (24 August 1916 - 14 July 1993): French singer-songwriter, poet, composer, orchestra conductor and pianist; one of France's most well-known and influential singers; a self-proclaimed anarchist who sang irreverent and highly confrontational songs
Graham: English drummer; performs punk rock; former member of anarcho-punk band The Mob (1979-1983)
Eric Green (19 January 1993--present): American guitarist and vocalist for California-based emo/post-hardcore band Problem Dog. Previously a member of anarcho-punk/folk punk band Danny Discord and the Misanthropists (2012-2015).
Harry Hamer: English drummer; performs punk rock; member of anarcho-punk band Chumbawamba
Gene Hugh: English guitarist; performs punk rock; member of anarcho-punk band Omega Tribe
Kevin Hunter: English guitarist; performs punk rock; former member of Flux Of Pink Indians
Darren Johns: British singer, guitarist, lyricist and composer; performs punk rock, Americana and folk-roots; current member of Crazy Arm (2005-present) and Warshy (2017-present).
Chris Johnston ("Chris Clavin"): American guitarist, singer, and harmonicist; performs pop punk and folk punk music; former member of pop-punk band The Devil Is Electric (2000--2003); current member of anarcho-punk/folk punk band Ghost Mice (2002--present)
Hannah Jones: American violinist and singer; performs pop punk and folk punk music; former member of pop-punk band The Devil Is Electric (2000--2003) and current member of anarcho-punk/folk punk band Ghost Mice (2002--present)
Michael Karoli (1948--2001): German guitarist and violinist; performed krautrock and experimental music; former member of the "anarchist community" Can
Tim Kelly: English guitarist; performs punk rock; former member of Flux Of Pink Indians
Nomy Lamm (1976--present): American singer-songwriter; performs punk rock, and queercore; liner notes of her debut album, Anthem, state that she is an anarchist
Colin Latter: English singer; performs punk rock; former member of Flux Of Pink Indians
Eve Libertine: English singer; performed punk rock, hardcore punk, and art punk; former member of anarcho-punk band Crass
Jaki Liebezeit (1939--2017): German drummer; performs free jazz, krautrock and experimental music; member of the "anarchist community" Can, who suggested the backronym "communism, anarchism, nihilism" for the band's name
Austin Lunn: American vocalist, guitarist and drummer; sole member of the band Panopticon, and has also been a member of several other bands as various roles.
Machine Gun Kelly (musician): American musician (singer, rapper, various instruments), actor, and fashion model; performs Hip Hop, Rock, Pop Punk, Alternative, Pop Country (MGK- Rehab Audio); Self proclaimed anarchist, revolutionary, and voice for the underprivileged and others who don't have the outlet to communicate daily struggles, trauma, mental/physical health, abuse, addiction, etc... Started the socio-ideological movement known Everyone Stands Together, or more commonly known by, EST: 19XX or by just the acronym on its own, EST. EST as a movement is much more an individual concept rather than a structured belief, and as a result, ideologies among followers are broad and vary, but almost all sharing general beliefs among, including, although not limited to, Anti-authoritarianism, Classless society, Free association, Free love, Freethought, Individualism, Mutual aid (organization theory), and Self-ownership; with most members identifying as under the broad Anarchist umbrella terminology, along with MGK's philosophy stating that never should anyone who is made to feel less than another, and to disregard and disobey any and all attempts of subjugation by the ruling class as a means to gain more power and control over the very lives of others, both of which are class-driven-struggle related topics which are prevalent throughout large parts of the Anarchist schools of thought, theory, and culture.
Joey Only: guitarist and singer; performs folk punk music
Pabodie's Drilling Apparatus: American musician based out of Iowa.
N.A.Palmer: English guitarist; performed punk rock, hardcore punk, and art punk; former member of anarcho-punk band Crass
Pat "The Bunny" Schneeweis: American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and trumpet player; Formerly lead anarcho-punk/folk groups Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains, Wingnut Dishwashers Union, and Ramshackle Glory, as well as a solo career. Retired from music on February 2016, due to a change in ideologies
Utah Phillips (1935--2008): American singer, poet, storyteller and guitarist; performed folk music and spoken word; retired on 11 October 2007, due to poor health, before passing away on 23 May 2008
Matty Pop Chart: American accordionist and drummer; performs folk punk music; occasional member of anarcho-punk/folk punk band Ghost Mice (2002--present)
Josef Porta: English guitarist, drummer, and singer; performs punk rock; former member of anarcho-punk band The Mob (1979--1983), Blyth Power (1983--present), and Zounds (1977--1982, 2001--present)
POS: American rapper, guitarist, vocalist; performs hip-hop and punk rock; founding member of indie hip hop collective Doomtree; guitarist and vocalist in the punk band build better bombs; vocalist and keyboardist for noise band Marijuana Deathsquads
^Cage self-identified as an anarchist in a 1985 interview: "I'm an anarchist. I don't know whether the adjective is pure and simple, or philosophical, or what, but I don't like government! And I don't like institutions! And I don't have any confidence in even good institutions." John Cage at Seventy: An InterviewArchived 26 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine by Stephen Montague. American Music, Summer 1985. Ubu.com. Retrieved 24 May 2007.
^Johnston, Krista (19 March 2005). "Review of Joey Only's Performance in Wilno Ontario". Barry's Bay This Week. I'm am an anarchist. I believe in cooperation and problem solving and that record is a tribute to a lot of problem solvers who want to get issues (such as poverty, deportation, homelessness and cuts to services) resolved.
^Philips, Bruce "Utah" (11 October 2007). "Utah Phillips Podcast No. 2". Archived from the original on 27 February 2008. Retrieved 2007. I've simply decided that I had to leave the trade. That the time has come for me to... to walk away from it.
^Andreas, Margara (4 December 2006). "Promoe Live auf dem Loop". Regioactive magazine (in German). regioactive.de. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 2007. Mårten Edh aus Schweden ist Anarchist. Ungewöhnlich dabei ist, dass er sich nicht wie die meisten Gleichgesinnten in der autonomen Punkszene bewegt, sondern unter dem Pseudonym Promoe HipHop als sein Kommunikationsmittel nutzt.