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August 10, 2012

ADL Releases New Report On White Power Music Scene In The U.S.

The recent tragic shooting spree at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in which Wade Michael Page killed six people before killing himself after a shootout with police, has drawn attention to the shadowy world of white power music.

Page, a committed white supremacist and member of the Hammerskins, a hardcore racist skinhead group, was heavily involved in the white power music scene in the United States. He played in a number of white power bands over the previous 12 years, most prominently the bands Definite Hate and End Apathy.

Page was just one of hundreds of white supremacist musicians listened to by thousands of white supremacists in the United States and beyond. Today, white power music permeates the subculture of the white supremacist movement. Not all white supremacists enjoy white power music, but many of them do, especially neo-Nazis and racist skinheads. For listeners, white power music is not simply entertainment. It is music with a message, a medium used to express an ideology suffused with anger, hatred and violence.

ADL’s new report, The Sounds of Hate: The White Power Music Scene in the United States in 2012, details the current state of the white power music scene.

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August 6, 2012

ADL Connects Suspected Shooter at Wisconsin Sikh Temple to White Supremacist Skinhead Group

The man identified by law enforcement authorities as the suspected gunman in the Wisconsin murder spree on Sunday, August 5, Wade Michael Page, 41, was a white supremacist skinhead known to the Anti-Defamation League for several years as the leader of End Apathy, a white power music band affiliated with the Hammerskins. 

The Hammerskins are a longstanding hardcore racist skinhead group with a history of violence and hate crimes.  Page was himself a member of the Hammerskins (he was a “prospect” in 2011), and identified himself as a Northern Hammerskin, part of the group’s Midwest branch.  He was previously associated to varying degrees with a variety of other white supremacist bands. 

Page, who sometimes referred to himself by the pseudonym “Jack Boot,”  is festooned with white supremacist tattoos, including a Nazi Death’s Head (Totenkopf) tattoo and a Hammerskins tattoo.

According to an interview Page gave to a Hammerskins-associated record label in 2010, he started End Apathy in 2005 and wrote many of its songs, as well as playing guitar and singing vocals. In recent years, End Apathy has been a featured band at many Hammerskin-organized white power music concerts, including the August 2010 “Meet  & Greet BBQ & Bands” in North Carolina, the Hammerskins’ St. Patty’s Day Show in March 2011 in Orlando, Florida, and Hammerfest 2011 in October 2011, also in Orlando.

Images of Wade Page:

Wade Page at Hammerskin concert

Wade Page (on left) with Definite Hate

Wade Page (on right) at Hammerskin event

Wade Page at Hammerskin concert

Wade Page (on left) playing with Definite Hate

Wade Page and Definite Hate at 2011 Hammerskins “St. Paddys Day” concert

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