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Anarcho-punk (sometimes known as peace-punk) is a subgenre of the punk rock movement consisting of groups and bands promoting specifically anarchist politics and ideas. Many anarcho-punks are supporters of issues such as animal rights, feminism, the anti-war movement and are often pacifist (although some support organisations such as Class War) and tend to be in favour of direct action.

Whilst no doubt participants would dispute having any leadership, it's difficult to imagine anarcho-punk existing without the influence of Crass, although Crass founder Penny Rimbaud has stated that it is a label he dislikes. He feels that the anarcho-punks were actually representative of true punk, whilst the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned etc were in fact nothing more than 'music business puppets'.

Many anarcho-punk bands, especially at the local level of unsigned groups, have taken on what is known as a "DIY" ethic: that is, Doing It Yourself, indeed a popular Anarcho-punk slogan reads "DIY not EMI", a reference to a conscious rejection of the major record company of that name. Many anarcho-punk bands were showcased on the Bullshit Detector series of LPs released by Crass Records and Resistance Productions[?] Records between 1980 and 1994. Some Anarcho-punk bands and musicians (Please add names in alphabetical order)

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