Call It Crass, There is No Authority But Yourself

“Roger Sabin’s analysis of the histories of punk is very telling. It is in the context of how histories of popular music are constructed, documented and presented that this chapter examines the documentary. There Is No Authority But Yourself (2006), directed by the Dutch documentary-maker Alexander Oey, concerning the anarcho-punk band Crass. This documentary is important in that it provides a detailed analysis of a band which has been mostly excluded from standard stories of popular music, and even from more focused examinations of punk as a broader musical genre. Approaching the documentary therefore allows for an engagement with a neglected part of pop history.”

Matt Grimes