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Agitprop: The Politics of Punk

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Cleopatra's three-disc box set Agitprop: The Politics of Punk attempts to present a comprehensive overview of political anthems in punk and post-punk, yet it comes far short of reaching its goal. While there are several seminal artists here, including the Sex Pistols, Billy Bragg and the Dead Kennedys, they aren't represented by their best cuts; the Pistols, for example, are showcased with "Land of Hope and Glory," not "Anarchy in the UK" or "God Save the Queen." In other words, these are remainders by major artists. A few underappreciated agit-popsters like the Poison Girls liven the pace up, but most of the set is devoted to non-entities, which means that Agitprop actually shoots down its own argument that punk was filled with revolutionary, political artists. It's a mess that only hardcore punk fetishists will want to sort through.

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