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“People kind of disregard punk and I try to explain to people that in communities like the ones I grew up in, you gotta understand that punk in these communities has saved kids lives,” says Martin Sorrondeguy, lead singer of Los Crudos. The band’s sloganeering songs became anthems for a generation of Latino punks looking for something to identify with. Twenty-five years later, we look back at the history and legacy of one of punk’s most respected bands.

Editor’s note: The original headline for this piece has been edited from “Los Crudos, Hardcore’s First Latino Band” to “Los Crudos: Hardcore’s Latino Pioneers.”

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