Putting spanners in the works: the politics of the 99 Posse

Behan, Tom (2007) Putting spanners in the works: the politics of the 99 Posse. Popular Music, 26 (3). pp. 497-504. ISSN 0261-1430 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This article examines the politics of the Neapolitan rap band 99 Posse. Growing up in a city characterised by high unemployment and crime, individual band members independently gravitated towards far left politics, and emerged in late 1991 as the house band of the 'Officina99', an autonomist squat in the east of the city which gave the group its name. This article examines their political commitment through their songs, covering subjects from youth unemployment to the exploitation of casual workers. Another theme is how, over a decade, their initial denunciation Of 'communism' mutated into sympathy. It is argued that the reason for their huge success - apart from their rather controversial decision to sign up with a major multinational such as BMG - lies in their ability to make these themes relevant to disaffected young people.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Tom Behan
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2008 11:55
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 13:22
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/10983 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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