It's Going Down

Teen Vogue to Black Metal: Waving the Black Flag with Kim Kelly

In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we caught up with anarchist organizer, metal head, and journalist Kim Kelly. In this interview we cover a lot of topics, from Kelly’s recent successful introduction to anarchism in Teen Vogue, how she got radicalized, became involved in the world of journalism, anarchist ideas getting into the mainstream, unionization efforts in news media, and also the world of metal.

We cover a lot of ground in this episode, but central to the discussion is media itself, from frustrations over how anarchists, radicals, and antifascists have been presented in the mainstream, the need to create viable media alternatives, to the pros and cons of talking to and working with mainstream media. Throughout our conversation, Kelly discusses how her working-class and metal head background often left her the “odd person out” while in a room with her peers, but also gave her a different perspective than some of her colleagues.

This reality is also revisited as we discuss Kelly’s experience of being a woman within the metal scene, where for years Kelly has addressed reactionary elements within the genre and worked to highlight bands with revolutionary and antifascist politics.

More Info: Anarchism: What It Is And Why Pop Culture Loves It and Kim Kelly on Twitter

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