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The Levellers: Sons Of Anarchy

Despite being hated by the mainstream music press, the Levellers became the biggest band in the UK. With a ‘best of’ out now and a documentary on its way, they’re still here – and still angry.

Mark Chadwick can’t remember where he was when he heard that his band had officially become the biggest in the land, nor does he seem overly bothered about dredging up the memory. For the record, it was November 1995, and the Levellers – the folk-punk firebrands he had fronted since they formed in a Brighton pub at the fag-end of the 1980s – had notched up their first No.1 with their fourth album, Zeitgeist. It was an impressive feat, made doubly so by the fact that the gatekeepers of cool in the media had deemed the Levellers to be as fashionable as foot and mouth disease.

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