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Rimbaud and Libertine - The Vortex - October 2014

L’Académie des Vanités, The Vortex, 11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ, 8 October 2014 – the last appearance in the current residency. Includes a repeat performance of the reworked and revised Yes Sir, I Will premiered at the 2014 Rebellion punk festival. Performance 20:00-23:00; tickets £8 in advance.

Penny Rimbaud’s L’ACADÉMIE DES VANITÉS – Penny Rimbaud & Eve Libertine/voice, Louise Elliot/sax & flute, Kate Shortt/cello and Jennifer Maidman/ guitars, plus Gee Vaucher and Mick Duffield on visuals – present the last gig of their current residency along with special guests, Annie Whitehead/trombone and Gene Calderazzo/drums.

The first half of the set will include Eve Libertine’s innovative interpretations of poems by William Blake, while the second half will be a presentation Penny Rimbaud’s rewrite of the classic Crass album, Yes Sir, I Will performed to great acclaim at this year’s Rebellion punk festival – but punk it is not! This is the poetry of jazz & the jazz of poetry of which Rimbaud and his gang of troubadours are masters & mistresses.

“Penny Rimbaud is one of England’s great rebel poets. Prolific author, founding member of Crass and fearless explorer of possibilities in life and art, Rimbaud has never been one to wallow in nostalgia. Over the three decades since Crass disbanded he has been involved with myriad arts projects, published over 14 books, and released music ranging from the free form jazz/spoken word agitations of The Last Amendment to last years ‘symphonic punk’ collaboration with The New Banalists.” – The Quietus

Penny Rimbaud performing at The Vortex

Penny Rimbaud performing at The Vortex

This autumn, Goldsmiths, University of London is hosting a “series of talks and film screenings exploring post-punk’s modernist search for the new from the 1970s to today”. Post-Punk Then and Now runs over ten weeks, from from early October to mid-December – as a strand within the university’s Visual Cultures Public Programme,

On 13 November, Gee Vaucher (Crass) and artist and writer Laura Oldfield Ford will be ‘in conversation with’ Mark Fisher; and in the final session of the programme (11 December), Tom Vague will speak on ‘Vague Post-Punk Memoirs’. All events, which are free to attend, begin at 17:00 and end at 19:00 – all welcome.

Post-Punk Then and Now events are held in 309, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW.

Post-Punk Then and Now - 2014

Post-Punk Then and Now – 2014

Today is day two of the Protag Fest, “a two day festival of music and the the printed word”, at the 1-in-12 Club, Bradford (21-23 Albion Street, BD1 2LY). Anarcho-punk poet Andy T featured on last night’s opening bill, and tonight there are sets from Zounds, Blyth Power and several others. The festival is held to celebrate the life of activist and musician Protag, who died in February 2014 who is remembered as an “integral part of the 1-in-12 Club over the years, being involved with pretty much every aspect of the building from helping establish the library, working the cafe (both in the Club and at outdoor events), the studio, the PA and gig floor… everything! [...] Not only was he a massive part of the Club but his presence in creating some great music with The Instant Automatons, ATV, Blyth Power and Zounds will always be remembered.”

Today (27 September 2014) the Bradford and Leeds Anarchist Bookfair 2014 is held at the Club, and will feature “books, zines, distributors from around the UK; workshops; ‘print your own letterhead poster’, film screenings and speakers.”

Protag Fest 2014

Protag Fest 2014

Leeds and Bradford Anarchist Bookfair 2014

Leeds and Bradford Anarchist Bookfair 2014

Exitstencil Press will have a presence “along with loads of great stalls and events” at the London Anarchist Bookfair 2014 at Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road E1 4NS.

Dozens of publishers, propagandists and producers (from across the anarchist and libertarian spectrum) will be in attendance, and there’ll be a full programme of meetings and films alongside the book-selling extravaganza.

London Anarchist Bookfair 2014

All The Mad Men Records have announced their attention to offer the vinyl re-releases of Poison Girls’ Hex and Chappaquiddick Bridge (being issued on Water Wing Records in the US) to mail-order customers in the UK – and are currently taking limited pre-release orders.

Hex

Preorder Poison Girls – Hex*

All The Madmen Distribution is pleased to offer a limited opportunity to purchase Water Wing Records’ high quality, official reissue of Poison Girls’ classic 1979 E.P.

Remastered and available again on vinyl for the first time in more than 30 years in a deluxe “tip-on” gatefold sleeve with artwork coordinated by Poison Girls.

Hex - WW10

Tracks: A; Old Tart’s Song / Crisis / Ideologically Unsound / Bremen Song // B; Political Love / Jump Mama Jump / Under The Doctor / Reality Attack

*We will have a limited number of copies when both Hex and Chappaquiddick Bridge are available from Water Wing Records in Portland OR. Estimated late-October / early-November. Pre-order now to reserve your copy.

Note: Shipping of orders which include Hex will be held until we receive stock from USA.

Poison Girls - Hex

Chappaquiddick Bridge

Preorder Poison Girls – Chappaquiddick Bridge*

All The Madmen Distribution is pleased to offer a limited opportunity to purchase Water Wing Records’ high quality, official reissue of Poison Girls’ classic 1980 LP.

Remastered and available again on vinyl for the first time in more than 30 years in a deluxe “tip-on” gatefold sleeve with artwork coordinated by Poison Girls.

Chappaquiddick Bridge - WW11

Tracks: A; State Control (uncredited) / Another Hero / Hole In The Wall (Thisbe’s Song) / Underbitch / Alienation // B; Pretty Polly / Good Time (I Didn’t Know Sartre Played Piano) / Other / Daughters And Sons / Tender Love (uncredited) // C; Statement

*We are importing a limited number of copies when both Chappaquiddick Bridge and Hex are available from Water Wing Records in Portland OR. Estimated Late-October / Early November. Pre-order now to reserve your copy.

Note: Shipping of orders that include Chappaquiddick Bridge will be held until we receive stock from USA.

Poison Girls - Chappaquiddick Bridge

Find out more about the vinyl re-issues of these early Poison Girls’ releases.

The Punk Scholars’ Network (PSN), an informal grouping of writers and researchers working on all aspects of the history, present and future of punk, holds its first annual post-graduate symposium, at the University of Leicester (University Rd LE1 7RH) on 30 October 2014.

The symposium will provide a forum for post-graduate students currently involved in research on punk to present their work (and their work-in-progress). The event is free to attend but, as numbers are limited, tickets need to be booked in advance. Anyone interested in the themes of the event is welcome to attend!

Amidst an impressive breadth of papers being presented on the day, several are directly concerned with the culture, politics and practice of anarcho-punk. In the morning Methodology session, Matt Grimes will present: “Where There’s a Will There’s a Way”: Methodology, Investigating Memory and the Life-Courses of 1980s British Anarcho-Punks.

In the afternoon Anarcho/Anarchism session, Rebecca Binns will speak on: A Humorous Offensive: Tracing the Development of an ‘Anarcho-Punk’ Aesthetic in Gee Vaucher’s Images for Crass; James Newton will discuss The Anarchist Cinema; and Simon Licourinos will speak on: Anarcho-punk: Defining a Retrospective Rock History Using Connections, Relationships and Traits [CRT].

The full programme can be viewed on the symposium blog; and the Facebook event page.

Punk Scholars' Network - Post-Graduate Symposium - 30 October 2014 - Programme - cover

Punk Scholars' Network - Post-Graduate Symposium - 30 October 2014 - Programme - papers and presentations

Subhumans / Kill Pretty / Anarka & Poppy
Friday, 14 November 2014 – 8pm
The Continental Bar, Preston, PR1 8JP
http://www.newcontinental.net/

The Subhumans

Punk heroes ready for gig

Anarcho-punk legends the Subhumans are lining up a Preston gig at the Continental for later in the year.

Formed in Wiltshire in 1980, they are comprised of vocalist Dick Lucas, guitarist Bruce Treasure, bassist Phil, and drummer Trotsky.

The band enjoyed success as one of the more literate and musically athletic British punk ensembles between 1980 and 1985, occupying the middle ground between The Clash’s political songcraft and Crass’ experimental warfare.

Lucas later joined Culture Shock – also Continental veterans! – in 1986 and started up his own Ska-Punk act Citizen Fish in 1990. Subhumans reformed in the late 90s and have been touring to sell out crowds ever since.

They will be supported by Preston’s very own anarcho-crust-punk favourites Anarka & Poppy at the gig on November 14. They began in 1981 as a guitar/vocal duo with Jane and Neil as Nihilistic Insurrection. They were later joined by Stoko on drums and later they had three additional members (Shaun on keyboards, Yoh on bass and Christine on tambourine and backing vocals).

In 1983, They recorded the Take it for Life tape released by Happy Apple Tapes. In 1984, after getting in contact with Josef Porta of The Mob, Anarka and Poppy where given the chance to record an E.P. for All The Madmen, but in the end All The Madmen changed hands and the single was lost and never released.

Tickets are £8 (£10 on the door) online from Skiddle, SEE Tickets & WeGotTickets. Or visit the Continental or Action Records.

In person from The Continental (01772 499 425), Action Records (0177 884 772) & Preston Visitor Information (at The Guild Hall, 01772 253731) soon.

Subhumans / Kill Pretty / Anarka & Poppy
Friday, 14 November 2014 – 8pm

LEP. 2014. “Punk heroes ready for gig”. Lancashire Evening Post, 15 July, http://www.lep.co.uk/what-s-on/music/punk-heroes-ready-for-gig-1-6729908

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