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For all his success with Resistance, Pierce has some qualms. Not about the lyrics calling for killing blacks and gassing Jews--he's fine with that. But Pierce, who listens to Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, knows that by selling rock he is further exposing white youth to what he regards as "black music." Rock 'n' roll has black roots, he says, and it was Elvis Presley and "the media" who brought it into the white mainstream.
So isn't Pierce worried that Resistance is polluting the nation's Aryan culture--one of his favorite charges against his enemies? No, he sighs, the damage is already done. "We've had a couple of generations of Americans raised on rock music," he says. If you want to reach young people now, he says, you have to use black music to do it.
Yet Pierce, who writes in The Turner Diaries about an overthrow of the Federal Government and the institution of a new "Aryan" regime, anticipates a day when Resistance Records' music will fade away. "I don't know who will end up being the Minister of Culture after the revolution," he says. "But I would hope we would salvage the best of our European traditions." In other words, cue up the Beethoven.
Pierce consoles himself that at least he has drawn the line at rock. Suburban white kids may be snapping up rap CDs, but Pierce and Resistance Records take pride in not contributing to the trend. "To introduce white kids to rap," Pierce says, "would be an abomination."