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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.

Related Materials

This collection is part of the José Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collections at MSU.

Processing Information

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

Repository Details

Part of the Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48824 USA