2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Music and Its Role in Violent Extremism

Friday, March 18
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 10A
531 E 4th St


Violent racist music is the most powerful recruiting tool that white supremacist groups use to lure youth.

Christian Picciolini was a well-loved kid from a good family who became a leader of the early American racist skinhead movement. He was the singer in the first white power band from the US to play in Europe. He now runs a nonprofit called Life After Hate that helps pull at-risk individuals away from racism.

Music was integral in Christian's recruitment and he used it as a powerful tool to recruit others. Christian, along with an expert panel, will explore the phenomenon and present ways to counter its message.

Hashtags: #sxsw #haterock


Christian Picciolini at SXSW

Christian Picciolini


Life After Hate

Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, an author, and a reformed extremist. His work and life purpose are born of an ongoing and profound need to atone for a grisly past, and...

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Matt Chandler at SXSW

Matt Chandler


Frontier Solutions

Matt Chandler is a Partner at Frontier Solutions, a Washington, DC- based strategic advisory, government affairs, and communications consulting firm. From 2009 to 2014, Matt served in a number of s...

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Nora Flanagan at SXSW

Nora Flanagan

English Teacher

Chicago Public Schools

Tony McAleer at SXSW

Tony McAleer

Exec Dir

Life After Hate


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