Optimo Music document ’70s & ’80s UK Anarcho Punk on non-profit compilation

Anarcho Punk Sleeve front by Gee Vaucher

Non-profit compilation Cease & Resist – Sonic Subversion & Anarcho Punk In The UK 1979​-​86 charts the sub-genre of Punk that emerged away from the rock & roll establishment.

10 years in the making, the double LP looks back at ‘some of the most radical music ever made’ by acts at the forefront of the underground and self-initiated musical movement.

Compiled by JD Twitch and Chris Low, and set for release on Optimo Music, the compilation spans music made between 1979-86 and features classic tracks from Crass, Poison Girls, Flux Of Pink Indians, The Mob, Zounds and more, as well as a couple of previously unreleased mixes.


A press release reads: ‘The resounding victory of Anarcho Punk is that it is now a the unifying soundtrack to a culture of resistance that spans Scotland to Indonesia and remains without compromise. It is still as removed from mainstream music and oppositional to conventional culture as it was over forty years ago and shows no sign of changing. Quite the opposite: the more popular Anarcho Punk becomes the less it has to engage with the music establishment and the more control it can enjoy. In 2023, that message remains as uncompromising as ever.’

The 2x vinyl LP comes with a 6 page fold out poster and detailed sleeve notes, recollections and essays.

A handful of pre-sale vinyl copies will be available on April 7th on Bandcamp. Full release May 12th 2023. Digital Pre-order available now. All profits from this release will be donated to Faslane Peace Camp and the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.