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|Founder||Anthony Pierpont, Ed Wolbank, Eric Davidson|
|Genre||Rock Against Communism|
|Country of origin||United States|
Panzerfaust Records was a Minnesota-based white power record label founded in September 1998 by Anthony Pierpont, Ed Wolbank and Eric Davidson (who had previously worked at Resistance Records). Named after a German anti-tank rocket, the record label distributed the music of several white power bands and organized concerts across the United States. At the label's peak around 2000, it was the main competitor of Resistance Records, and they had grown close to the neo-Nazi group White Revolution., which was an offshoot of the National Alliance.
Pierpont's relatively dark skin and vaguely Hispanic looks caused him problems within the white power movement. Pierpont has repeatedly sworn that he is white, but detractors have pointed to his dark skin as evidence that he is not.
In 2000, co-founder Eric Davidson returned to California, and by 2003, Ed Wolbank, another co-founder, was focusing more on music production than distribution. That same year, Bryant Cecchini, aka Byron Calvert, joined the company and was instrumental in increasing the company's Internet presence.
In early 2004 at the annual Aryan Fest rally in Arizona, Pierpont was manning a Panzerfaust booth as security guards kicked out a cinnamon-skinned teenager for "not being white." Several white power skinheads pointed out that the boy's skin was obviously lighter than Pierpont's. Later, White Revolution leader Billy Roper took the stage and stated: "I'm here to say that's a white man!" while pointing to Pierpont, who fervently sieg-heiled from behind his merchandise table. Some neo-Nazis returned Pierpont's salute and others refused to do so.
Also in 2004, the label launched Project Schoolyard, a United States-wide campaign to distribute free Panzerfaust sampler CDs to middle school and high school students. In response, police were under pressure to silence the headline-grabbing record label. On November 30, 2004, the Minnesota Gang Strike Force raided Pierpont's home and arrested him after finding marijuana and traces of cocaine. Also in response to Project Schoolyard, the anti-fascist record label Insurgence Records offered a free downloadable compilation called Project Boneyard.
In January 2005, Cecchini claimed to have found Pierpont's birth certificate, which shows that Pierpont's mother is a Mexican-born woman named Maria Marcola del Prado. Cecchini also mentioned tawdry messages that Pierpont had posted on the Internet, detailing a sex tour he took in Thailand in October 2004. The messages indicated that Pierpont has had sex with non-white prostitutes and transsexuals. The anti-racist group Southern Poverty Law Center acquired a photo of Pierpont in a prison yard in California, where he was serving time for a drug offense. The photo shows him posing with two Hispanic men, who were apparently his friends.
Within days of these revelations, Panzerfaust shut down. Cecchini says Pierpont refused to take a DNA test to establish his whiteness. On January 22, 2005, Cecchini posted on the Internet that he quit the record label, as did its webmaster. Hammerskin Nation and Volksfront, two neo-Nazi groups that supported Panzerfaust Records, denounced Pierpont and withdrew all support. By the end of the month, the label and website were gone.
Since 2006 Pierpont has been working with anti-hate groups, working in finance and selling wine. Panzerfaust was started in 1998 and ended in 2005. But according to Pierpont, on his own website, "Since 1992, Anthony Pierpont has built his own portfolio of properties which he has managed, purchased, renovated, and sold. In 2002, he joined a team of investors and helped build a successful commercial and residential mortgage company called Royal Commercial Capital, serving as owner and manager. It has offices in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Anthony Pierpont handles employee training as well as business development." -- Anthony Pierpont | Owner and Manager of Royal Commercial Capital (http://aboutanthonypierpont.com/)
- Insurgence Records
- Project Boneyard USA: a battle for hearts and minds. | Article from Canadian Dimension | HighBeam Research
- The Well-Tanned Skinhead - SPLC Intel Report
- Panzerfaust collapses amid Aryan purity debate
- Panzerfaust collapses amid accusations against founder
- Panzerfaust Apparently Out of Business
- Anthony Pierpont's Myspace profile
- Panzerfaust Misfires
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