Posted tagged ‘Terrorism’

The Pixies are Terrorists? Part II

2010/06/25

In the earlier posThe Pixies are Terroristst that I wrote on the Pixies’ career as terrorists, I ended by pointing out a couple questions raised by the satirical article that had been written by Larry Haiven, and people’s reaction to its claim that the Pixies were now terrorists in the eyes of the Canadian government.

In this post, if you don’t mind, I’d like to deal with the first question. I’ll tackle the issue of cultural terrorism some other time…well more likely I’ll just never bring it up again. Anyways, as I’m sure you remember, the first question was: “how it could be believable that the Canadian government would actually label a band as terrorists for canceling a gig?”

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The Pixies are Terrorists? A Modest Proposal for “Cultural Terrorism” gets loose on the internet

2010/06/11

Way back on 11 June 2010, the headline “BREAKING NEWS: Canadian Government to put Pixies on list of ‘terrorist’ organisations” appeared on the website Australians for Palestine.

The article that followed claimed that Canada had done exactly what the headline said – that the Pixies were now terrorists in the eyes of the government in Ottawa.* It was even supported by a quote from Canadian Immigration Minister Neal Kenny saying that “terrorism anywhere and in any form, whether it be physical, moral, verbal, mental or cultural is abhorrent to this government.”

Obviously satirical (at least hopefully lest I have to renounce my Canadian citizenship), the big question that arises from such a piece is WHY?

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Punk and Protest: Laws, Counterculture, Action! Part III

2010/05/22

Now then, here’s part III. You may have noticed that the theme of this blog is supposed to be about the American underground music scene. BUT here I am yattering on about a Canadian band, and “direct actions” that occurred in Canada. Well fear not: This is the part of the story that explores the wider punk community and that means I bring in AMERICA.

Well, eventually I might mention them, so read on!

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Punk and Protest: Laws, Counterculture, Action! Part II

2010/05/18

Now then, here’s part deux. So I promised I’d show how there were links between Direct Action and the underground punk scene in Vancouver. Well actually, the links even extended through the overall punk network in North America, but before we go into that wider story I have to tell you this: Gerald Hannah, member of Direct Action and was also known as Gerry Useless, and he was a founding member of the Vancouver band the Subhumans. Not to be, of course, confused with the Subhumans.

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Punk and Protest: Laws, Counterculture, Action!

2010/05/14

“Bomb explosion rocks cruise missile factory.”

This was the headline on the front page of The Toronto Star, way back on Friday 15 October 1982. Above the headline were the words “Canada’s first terrorist attack, Etobicoke mayor says.” It isn’t that surprising the mayor would assume the first terrorist attack in Toronto must then also be the first in all of Canada, but it wasn’t even the first attack in 1982. Nor would it be the last.*

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