Los Crudos handbills and posters
Identifier: MSS 476
Scope and Contents
The Los Crudos Handbills and Posters includes 21 handbills and 5 larger posters for the Los Crudos, an all-Latino punk band from Chicago that began in 1991. Most are xeroxed, with a few being offset printed.
- 1994 - 2013
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact MSU Libraries Special Collections.
Biographical / Historical
Los Crudos' music and reputation straddled both the straight edge and crusty punk scenes. The band began in 1991, in Chicago's predominantly Latino Pilsen neighborhood. The group's music was typical of the hardcore punk scene--short, fast and loud--with lyrics that focused on class, police brutality, homophobia and immigrant rights--all sung in Spanish. Many of the posters are for inexpensive (as little as $1) all-ages Chicago-area shows, many which forbid violence and drugs. Addresses of venues are listed, as is contact information for show organizers and promoters. The images themselves are mostly Xeroxed, with a few being offset printed. They exemplify the tendency in straightedge and anarcho-punk to appropriate violent images, and use violent names and aggressive music to transmit messages that denounce racial, sexual, systemic, physical and institutional violence. They feature images of hectic hardcore shows, heroes of the Mexican Revolution and icons of the Military-Industrial Complex--such as soldiers armed with assault rifles and gas masks--of which Los Crudos were so critical. They disbanded in 1998, but not before paving a trail for Chicanos and Latinos in what was a subculture dominated by Caucasian youth. ~ Collection description per vendor.
3 Linear Feet (26 posters and handbills (1 folder) )
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was purchased from Libros Latinos in 2015.
Diana Rivera processed this collection in September 2015. Lydia Tang imported it into the finding aid database in 2019.
- Finding Aid for the Los Crudos handbills and posters
- Lydia Tang and Diana Rivera
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard