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Wisbech, England (1982 – 1987)

Freeborn was an anarcho punk band, formed in Wisbech, England. The music was heavily influenced by 70’s punk bands like Penetration and the Buzzcocks and anarcho punk bands like The Mob, Karma Sutra, The Epileptics.
Freeborn was formed in 1982 by ex Prisoners of War guitarist, Rob Hudson, partly as an avenue for his political ideas and also as a reaction to the apathy of the youth of Freeborns hometown, Wisbech. Initially a 4 piece, with 3 members living together in a squalid flat in Norfolk Street, Rob demonstrated his commitment to his beliefs by asking the rest of the band to leave in early 1984 as they were not vegetarians or activists. Jon Ward and Andy Hancock then joined and alliances were soon forged with other local bands such as Disrupters, Deviated Instinct and Leukaemia. Gigs were arranged, friendships blossomed and information was shared. Its easy to forget how organised the local network of bands and political groups were before the days of the internet. Freeborn members attended the Stop the City marches in 1984 and 1985 as well as demostrating at USAF bases such as Molesworth, and frequenting the endless free festivals of the mid 80’s. Freeborn also contributed a track the the Words Worth Shouting compilation LP of 1985 on Radical Change records, with proceeds going to Norwich Hunt Saboteurs. It was around 1986 that the band became disillusioned with a movement that initially was a hot bed of ideas and political debate and had degraded into an apathetic bunch of black uniformed crimped haired sheep. Being in a band was also about having fun and for our own sanity a change of direction was needed.

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