Soundtracks to the White Revolution: White Supremacist Assaults on Youth Music Subcultures
Devin Burghart, editor
Almost more of a pamphlet than a book, this is an overview of the various genres of neo-fascists / white power music. I grew up in punk rock / underground music scene, and am, unfortunately, deeply familiar with many of the bands and scenes discussed here. Definitely dated now (this one came out in 1999), but still full of valuable information for people who know nothing about this phenomenon. If you come to this one already knowing about Skrewdriver, Boyd Rice, Burzum and Death in June, you’ll probably find this pretty basic. If those names don’t ring a bell, then there’s a lot to learn in this little book.
Recommended for the enthusiast
Militias in America 1995: A Book of Reading and Resources
Institute of Alternative Journalism
I spent much of my twenties working, and volunteering in various bookstores. There’s much I don’t miss about those days the low pay, the drudgery, the customer service; but there are other parts of that life I remember fondly.
One of those parts was being so close to the book world that I could pick up things like this, a self published collection of investigations into the militia movement by a group of journalists who took a long, hard look at what was then burgeoning and important part of the ultra-right.
This came out in 1995 in the wake of the Oklahoma City Bombings and dives deep into the world that produced Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Many of the important journalists investigating the ultra-left are featured here including James Ridgeway (who wrote Blood in the Face). Incredibly timely at the point of publication, but now largely a historical piece in the puzzle that brought us to where we are today.
Recommended for the anti-racist researcher.