Profane Existence

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Profane Existence (Mostly referred to by those who know of it as 'P.E.') is an anarcho-syndicalist collective, known mostly for the zine of the same name it publishes on a "seasonal" basis 8 times a year(meaning there is a spring-summer issue, a summer-fall issue, a fall-winter issue and so on); and the Blackened record label and distro that deals mostly with anarcho-punk, hardcore punk and straight edge thrash metal. The collective is based in Minneapolis, USA.

The Profane Existence may have begun in December 1989 (at least that is the date of release on their first issue, if anyone knows more please edit the date) and is part of the north American anarcho-punk movement. In fact, many correctly credit them with being a major force in promoting anarchist punk/hardcore/metal bands, setting up venues and forming labels that print vinyl DIY records. The magazines deal with many issues relevant to anarchist punk rockers, such as veganism, animal, women and minority rights, anti-fascist action and straight edge lifestyle. The aforementioned issues are just a primer, it also deals with anarcho music in general, offering reviews and interviews with bands in the scene and promoting DIY and anarchist activism worldwide, accepting articles from all around the globe.

The zines themselves can be acquired for free by contacting the PE collective (they are funded by ads from other DIY/punk labels and distros), and have an avid following in all of Europe, America and parts of Asia, Oceania and the Middle East. The PE collective "called it quits" in the article of the same name, announcing that they were burned out, and called for others to overtake their collective resources. However, broad support in the underground ensured the revival of both collective, magazine and distro, and the zine is still running strong with issue 45 coming out as I write this the 27/06 of 2004.


Relevant links: Profane Existence homepage (http://www.profaneexistence.com) Blackened Distro homepage (http://www.profaneexistence.com/black/new.html)

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