Fight War Not Wars - The Art of Crass - Leicester - June 2016

Fight War, Not Wars – The Art of Crass

1-18 June 2016
LCB Depot Lightbox
31 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1RE

Free entry to exhibition
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This exhibition includes records, posters, prints, videos, books and other items from Leicester-based digital artist Sean Clark’s collection of Crass-related materials, built up over almost 20 years. Thought-provoking, confrontational, angry and beautiful in equal measures, the art of Crass remains as important now as it was almost four decades ago.

Exhibition Opening

Wednesday 1 June 2016
LCB Depot Lightbox
Free entry
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There will be a welcome by Sean Clark at 7pm followed by an introduction to Crass by Alastair Gordon from De Montfort University and a short talk by Stevphen Shukaitis about the Gee Vaucher retrospective happening in Colchester in November.

Penny Rimbaud and Louise Elliot

Yes Sir, I Will
Friday 10 June 2016
LCB Depot Lightbox
Entry £10.00 (including booklet)
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Penny Rimbaud (vocals, ex-Crass) and Louise Elliot (saxophone) present a lyrical re-working of Crass’ seminal anti-war album Yes Sir, I Will. The show will take place in the gallery and be include video projections. This is a very rare opportunity to see this work performed live. It is also the main fundraising event for The Art of Crass exhibition. Support will be provided by Leicester’s Music, Live Art, Spoken Word and Film night Anerki.

Exhibition open from 18:00, Anerki at 20:00, Penny Rimbaud and Louise Elliot at 21:00, the exhibition will remain open until 23:00.

DIY + Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life

Saturday 18 June 2016
LCB Depot
Free entry to daytime event
Evening gig: £8.00
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Punk may have been 40 years ago, but the “do it yourself” attitude it promoted is as relevant now as it ever was. To mark the end of “Fight War Not Wars: The Art Of Crass” exhibition we will be holding an all-day and evening event of self-organised creativity of all kinds. More details will be released soon, so keep the day clear. If you are interested in contributing please post on the Facebook Page or email theartofcrass@interactdigitalarts.uk.

To finish off the Art of Crass exhibition we have Crass co-founder Steve Ignorant’s latest band – Slice of Life. This is a real treat!

Having cut his punk teeth in Crass, Steve Ignorant’s latest project – Slice Of Life – allows for the more contemplative side of his song-writing to reveal itself. Like musical depictions of a British kitchen-sink drama, the songs on the debut album Love and a Lamp-post (Overground Records, 2014) provide vivid vignettes of the everyday. Both personal and universal, Slice of Life present ruminations from the bar stool honed on the late-night walk home. Musically, the band is built on an acoustic arrangement of piano, guitar and bass. Having shed the punk noise that defined Crass, Slice of Life retain the emotional impact and compassion that has long distinguished Steve’s work.

Fight War, Not Wars: The Art of Crass: http://www.theartofcrass.uk

UPDATED, 26 April 2016: New version of the poster added.

Penny Rimbaud
Open Door, Open Heart
26 May 2016 – 19:00 to 20:30
Focal Point Gallery – Gallery 2 – Elmer Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1NB
Entrance is free; but places are limited – so book in advance.

Under the heading of ‘Open Door, Open Heart’, poet, philosopher and social activist Penny Rimbaud discusses notions of community, radical lifestyle and acts of resistance. The talks and events programme for ‘The Peculiar People’ is curated by Ellen Grieg.

Penny Rimbaud

As part of The Art of Crass exhibition project, curator Sean Clark has reinstated the no-longer-accessible Crass web site (maintained by Southern Records in the early 2000s).

The site offers a hyperlinked version of the ‘In Which Crass Voluntarily Blow Their Own’ essay; a short biography of Crass Records; an illustrated guide to all releases on the label; a wealth of original archival documents; extracts from International Anthem; the history of incidents such as the Thatchergate tapes; an introduction to several follow-on projects undertaken by members of Crass; and a whole lot more…

The Art of Crass - Southern Records - Crass web site

The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD
19 May 2016
Tickets: £5 (in advance) / £6.50 (on door)

Penny Rimbaud - Gee Vaucher - The Horse Hospital - May 2016

“What truly matters in life?” Many people do not comprehend that punk was about Black Humour first — creatively making fun of authority, authoritarian scenarios, mind-control in all its forms, conformism.

Three early punk instigators discuss the problem of how to remain permanently radical into the far future and debate the ethics of ‘Punk London’: V. Vale from San Francisco (Search&Destroy, RE/Search Publications); Londoners Penny Rimbaud (poet-philosopher-drummer), and Gee Vaucher (total visual artist-activist) who founded the band Crass. Audience Q&A at end.


Penny Lapsang Rimbaud was born in South West London. He is a poet, writer, philosopher, painter, and musician. He was formally a part of the performance art groups EXIT and Ceres Confusion. In 1977 he co-founded the anarchist punk band CRASS with Steve Ignorant, which disbanded in 1984. From then up until 2000 he devoted himself to writing. He returned as a performance poet working with Louise Elliot, an Australian saxophonist, as well a wide variety of other jazz musicians as the group L’académie des Vanités.


In 1977 V. Vale founded Search & Destroy which was published at City Lights Bookstore and funded by $100 each from Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg. In 1980, V. Vale launched RE/SEARCH; initially funded by Rough Trade’s Geoff Travis. V. Vale released books about Jello Biafra, Henry Rollins, Lydia Lunch, William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard, Genesis P-Orridge, SPK, Monte Cazazza, and others. Best-sellers include The Industrial Culture Handbook, Incredibly Strange Films, Incredibly Strange Music (Vol. One and Two), Modern Primitives, Angry Women, etc. RE/SEARCH TV is a monthly cable TV programme made by Marian Wallace. RE/Search has produced specialty videos (notably, on J.G. Ballard and W.S. Burroughs) and done live presentations, panels, and workshops all over the world.


East London born Gee Vaucher, made outspoken record covers and newsletters for anarcho-punk band Crass starting in the 70s. She used her paintings and collage work to question social change, exposing the hypocrisy and corrupt arena of the worlds we are all forced to face. Since Crass, Vaucher has continued to create and question with her paintings, films, posters, collages, and books. She exhibits internationally as well as being included in numerous books and publications.

The Ex – UK dates

The Ex


The adventurous and inspiring Dutch quartet have defied categorization ever since they started playing in 1979. Born out of the punk explosion the band have still managed to retain both curiosity and passion for their music.

They continue to explore musical & geographical boundaries right up to the present day, collaborating with Kamagurka, Tom Cora, Sonic Youth, Han Bennink, Jan Mulder, Shellac & Wolter Wierbos amongst many others. In 2002 The Ex set up a musical exchange with Ethiopia, which led to hundreds of concerts with the legendary saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria. More recently their 2011 tour with the specially assembled Brass Unbound bigband (featuring Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafasen) which brought their music to a whole new generation of fans.

After 33 years, more than 25 albums and around 1800 performances, the band continues to work with a completely DIY ethic, independent of record companies, managers or roadies.

Slice of Life - Your Day Will Come

UPDATE, 10 April 2016: As part of this year’s Record Store Day, Steve Ignorant is appearing the Voxbox Music store, 21 St. Stephen Street, Edinburgh EH3 5AN on 16 April (the day of the Edinburgh Slice of Life gig). He will be interviewed by Olaf Furniss, and will be available for a signing session following the Q&A. More details from the Voxbox site.

Steve joins us during his UK tour for an interview and Q&A about his life in anarcho-punk legends, Crass. He’ll also be signing records and copies of his book, The Rest is Propaganda.


Slice of Life - Edinburgh - 16 April 2016

Little Annie (formerly Annie Anxiety) has announced some European tour dates to accompany the release of her new crowdfunded album release Trace; which her label Tin Angel Records confirm is her first “since her 2013 collaboration with Baby Dee (State Of Grace) and the first under her name alone since 2007’s Songs from the Coalmine Canary.” Dates are as follows:

  • 12 May 2016 Dortmund, Theater [Details]
  • 13 May 2016 – Bremen, Schwankhalle [Details]
  • 14 May 2016 – Hamburg, Kampnagel [Details]
  • 19 May 2016 – London Cafe Oto [Details]
  • 20 May 2016 – London Cafe Oto [Details]
  • 22 May 2016 – Münster, Pumpenhaus [Venue]
  • 28 May 2016 – Berlin, Gruner Salon [Details]

Little Annie - Trace - 2016


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