Throughout history, masks have been used by protesters both as a symbol of unified rebellion and for the purposes of maintaining a degree of anonymity in nations where protesting is outlawed or suppressed by authoritarian regimes. In these circumstances, mask-wearing is pretty badass, and perhaps the most badass of all mask wearers in music are Russian feminist protest punk rock/performance art group, Pussy Riot.
Rising to worldwide fame, following their infamous ‘Punk Rock Prayer’
protest, which resulted in members being jailed for ‘hooliganism inspired by religious hatred’, Pussy Riot are unlike any other act in this list. Their situationist-style guerilla performances, political activism and brightly coloured ski-masks have had more cultural impact than their actual music, which is also pretty badass, albeit sonically less punk than you might expect. Truly one of the most passionate, unique and politicised bands on the planet, Pussy Riot continue to create chaos for a cause via their demonstrations and performances, including a presence at the Sochi Winter Olympics (at which they were attacked by Cossacks) a successful disruption of the World Cup Final. Other targets have included, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, the Church, the patriarchy, capitalism and more. Check out their video for ‘Make American Great Again’
then take a deep dive to find out more, because their career is pretty wild!Image: Medios y Media/Getty Images