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RIFF SUMMER CHALLENGE

Charlie Don’t Surf

Militaristic surf undercurrents

Early photo of The Dead Kennedys sitting against a wall with a range of expressions.
Dead Kennedys by Zvargas16 on Wikimedia Commons

I wonder if the pioneers of surf music could have imagined their sound facilitating a punk bands’ post-war political message against fascist regimes. The Clash and Dead Kennedys did just that when surf punk was sweeping the suburbs. And the clarity of surf guitar provided them both an eloquent backdrop for…

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