|"HateCore" Music Label:
The music is
loud, fast and grating. The lyrics
violence and white supremacy. This is "hatecore" Ė the music of the
hate movement Ė newly revived thanks to the acquisition of the largest
hate music record label by one of the nationís most notorious hatemongers.
Resistance Records is providing a lucrative new source of revenue
for the neo-Nazi National Alliance, which ADL considers the single most dangerous organized hate group
in the United States today. William Pierce, the group's leader, is the author of The Turner Diaries, a handbook for hate that was read by convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh prior to his April, 1995 bombing attack.
The National Alliance stands to reap thousands of dollars from the sale of white supremacist and neo-Nazi music.
"This music is dangerous. Parents need
to be aware that their children are not just listening to
rebellious music. Itís music with a message, and the message
is hate. The lyrics glorify racism and anti-Semitism, and
can encourage acts of violence."
"Resistance Records is a thinly disguised
mouthpiece for the most dangerous organized hate group in
America. William Pierce is clearly out to position himself
and the National Alliance as kingpins of hatecore. Profits
from this business will help to further the racist goals of
the National Alliance while providing access to a new generation
of potential recruits."
-- Abraham H Foxman
Resistance Records, which has had a troubled history, has been revitalized
since its purchase last year by William Pierce, leader of the National
Alliance. Savvy marketing and the fall 1999 purchase of a Swedish
competitor have helped Pierce transform the once-floundering label
into the nationís premiere purveyor of "white power" music. Bolstering
sales for Resistance Records is an Internet site devoted to the promotion
of hatecore music and dissemination of hate literature.
a Lucrative Business Selling Hate
taking the helm of Resistance Records after wresting control of
the company from a former business partner, Pierce has built the
label into a lucrative business that boasts a catalogue of some
250 hatecore music titles. His purchase of Nordland Records of Sweden
effectively doubled the labelís inventory to 80,000 compact discs.
In order to accommodate burgeoning record sales, Pierce has constructed
a warehouse on the grounds of his National Alliance headquarters
in Hillsboro, W.Va. Meanwhile, Resistance Records reportedly is
fielding about 50 orders a day. Assuming that rate, the record company
could have annual sales of up to $1 million.
has also begun marketing the business through the Internet and through
the labelís music magazine, Resistance Magazine. The quarterly
publication hawks Resistance CDs and related merchandise and presents
album reviews and band interviews. Resistance Magazine is
edited by Erich Gliebe, the head of the National Alliance in Cleveland
and the labelís full-time manager and promoter. The Winter 2000
issue, a glossy, 64-page publication, spoke of "building Resistance
Records into the musical arm of the Aryan revolution." As such,
the magazine included numerous articles on the hate movement, including
an interview with Matt Hale, the high profile, 28-year-old leader
of the virulently anti-Semitic and racist World Church of the Creator.
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