Music from the anti-nuclear movement

Laka has a large collection of music (on vinyl, LPs & Singles and on CD or even VHS and Music Cassettes) supporting the anti-nuclear struggle. Most of these recordings are documenting a specific struggle in a specific era and location, and are living documents of that decennia long struggle. But at the same time, the music in this collection is part of artistic heritage of this struggle. Many of these albums - due to being part of the counterculture - do not focus solely on the struggle against nuclear power, but the antinuclear struggle has always been an integral part of the wider protest movement.

Music is an important focus of the special collections of the Laka doumentation centre. If you have anything to add (we know of several vinyl records we were not able to obtain, yet), or want to make an inquiry about a specific record, please contact us at!

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Various Artists
El Pifco - Meltdown
Single 45 rpm, (1979) Re-released 2019 (U.S.A.)

Liner Notes. Travel to El Pifco's many gigs in Sydney, the major metropolis some 80 kilometers to their north, meant a dangerous drive past the Lucas Heights Nuclear Facility on its outskirts. With the memory of the then-recent Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania fresh in their minds, the lads set about lining their band's Kombi van with lead and tinfoil to preclude possible contamination with radioactivity. Mind you, radio activity is precisely what they wanted for their new vinyl single release "Meltdown", inspired by thoughts of nuclear catastrophe mixed with a longing for sexual congress. The song, written by lead singer and rhythm guitarist Hank Vann, was self-released on an vinyl pressing in 1979. This extremely hard to find 7" was re-released in 2019 in the USA.

Various Artists
Uranium Don't dig it. Stop Jabiluka mine
CD, 1998
More information on this release.

The Jabiluka uranium deposit is surrounded by the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park– on the lands of the Mirarr people. Drilling at the nearby Ranger Uranium mine had started in the 1970s, but with a change of government in the late 1990s there was a renewed pushed for uranium mining in Australia with a focus on the nearby Jabiluka lease. Led by Mirarr senior Traditional Owner Yvonne Margarula, national and Northern Territory environment groups started a campaign to stop the proposed Jabiluka mine. Meetings, films, exhibitions, speaking tours and protests carried the message of respect for culture, country and the future. The Jabiluka campaign was a movement in which Australians and people from all around the world came together and stood alongside the Mirarr Traditional Owners. People from all walks of life protested together and said this is ours to look after, to care for and not destroy. The Jabiluka campaign was a game changer in the environment movement. More on the Jabiluka campaign.

Various Artists
CherNObyl. Endless Tragedy
CD, 1996

Various Artists
Anti-nuclear power music compilation - 22th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster
CD, 2008

Various Artists
Remember Chernobyl 1986-2011
CD, 2011
available for download

Various Artists
Anti-Nuclear 12" single
12", 1979

Paola Nicolazzi
Fermiamo le centrali nucleari
Single 45 rpm, March 1978

Why? / Atrocious Madness
反対子供虐待 / Stop The Nuclear Nightmare No Weapons, No Power
Single 33 rpm, 2001

Various Artists
Sayonara Nuclear Power
Digital release, 11 March 2012

Sayonara Nuclear Power is a memorial masterpieces for antinuclear. Its music consists of 14 musicians from Japan and from overseas. These abstract sounds are made from their own thoughts and feelings to the Nuclear power. We will be pleased if listeners find some kind of an inspiration from the music.
This compilation had been released on March 11, a year after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

Nuclear Waste
Single 45 rpm, 1985

Various Russian Choirs
Children of Chernobyl / Die Kinder von Tschernobyl
CD, 1992

Various Artists
Musicians against nuclear power
CD, 2002
More information [Russian]

Various Artists
Lemoiz Gelditu
Double LP, 1980
More information [Spanish]

Various Artists
Basta Xa
Single 45 rpm, 1982