Disputed reality: ‘Bombtrack’ and Peru’s internal armed conflict

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Rage against the machine. Flickr (CC BY 2.0) This article is part of our special coverage of controversial and banned music around the world. In the 1990s, the song “Bombtrack” by Rage Against the Machine was being played on global networks such as MTV and was gaining popularity among English-speaking rock fans. Like most of Rage Against the Machine’s material, the song’s lyrics are about social protest, with a music video supporting the Peruvian Maoist revolutionary organization Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso in Spanish) and its leader Abimael Guzmán. However, many Peruvians question the stor…

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