Mixtapes for Oppressed Indonesian Punks

If you haven’t already, take some time to read about the “re-education” campaign against punks in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.  Chances are you found this to be rather disturbing, to say the least.

A Seattle-based punk label called Aborted Society is asking fans to make up some mixtapes (cassettes or CD-Rs) which they will then forward to punks in Indonesia.  

It’s a nice showing of solidarity that will no doubt mean a lot to those kids.  On the other hand, it could just enrage the same dopes who insisted on launching this crackdown in the first place.  Knowing what I know about certain parts of Indonesia, I wouldn’t put it past them.

If you’d like to participate, you can get all the details here.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Mixtapes for Oppressed Indonesian Punks

  • December 19, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Those idiots are living in a bubble. When it comes to punk, they're going to realize–perhaps the hard way–that the people have spoken for decades.


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