Sao Paulo Punk Scene

The commercialization of retro teen styles has been increasingly evident in the Brazilian music and fashion scenes much as in most global capitals in the past 5 years. However in the recent weeks this trend for reappropriation seems to have taken on a new form. Stories of fights and beatings by groups of punks have become standard in Monday’s newspapers. This week’s Sao Paulo Folha reports that at least 5 deaths in 2007 have been put down to fights between rival youth groups in the downtown area. Police stated that there racial crime and intolerance unit have a collection of over 3000 photos of gang members from the State capital, of which a majority are punks. Elsewhere it appears that punks have been arrested with eggs in their pockets and fighting over a R$1 discount on a mini pizza. The city has had a rich punk and post punk history. We certainely recommend the SoulJazz compilation ‘The Sexual Life of Savages’ as a good starting point. Whether this is a classic moral panic in the making or not time will tell, if you want to see some of the bands in action try below:

One thought on “Sao Paulo Punk Scene

  1. Gus

    That statement’s untrue.
    It lays blame only on Punk groups, when, in fact, they’re mostly bullied around by vicious, violent skinhead groups. (these, aren’t even mentioned in the text).
    I’m for non violence, period.
    But let’s be at least fair here, folks!


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