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A new collection of reminiscences, recollections and stories from the first wave of anarcho-punk, co-edited by Greg Bull and Mickey ‘Penguin’, has just been published. As well as new and original written contributions, the collection features artwork, posters, handouts, flyers, tickets, lyric sheets and more besides from the 1980s wave of anarcho-punk.

Not Just Bits of Paper - front cover

Gregory Bull and Mickey ‘Penguin’ (eds.), Not Just Bits of Paper, Perdam Babylonis Nomen Publications, pp.36-41. ISBN-10: 1505703387; ISBN-13: 9781505703382

More details from the Not Just Bits of Paper Facebook page. There’s an online preview available with the listing on Amazon; and the book is also now available from Situation Press.

“We have our own words, scrawled on bits of paper smudged with some grimey hope. Angry chords waver out from the broken cassette-players – and every now and again a curious prisoner comes out for a look and never returns.” Tony Drayton.

A series of recollections, memories, imagined dreams perhaps from the collective memories of those who lived through the punk and anarcho-punk years. Tales recalled of times past and a glorious tribute to the bands and the crowds who made the 1980’s so special for so many of us.

Not Just Bits of Paper is available to buy online from Situation Press (the publishers of The Truth of Revolution, Brother).

The Mob kick off a short American tour this Spring, beginning in Chicago on 31 March 31st and wrapping up in Texas on 11 April. Details of individual dates can be found on the All The Madmen site.
 
The Mob - US tour 2015

All the Madmen are to release a new single from poet Andy T this month, Bring Whatever You Expect to Find and Jolly Coppers. The single is available for order (as a seven-inch and digital download; or just as a download) from the All the Madmen site. Andy T is back out on the road this spring and summer (see dates below).

All of the Madmen - press release - Bring Whatever You Expect to Find - Jolly Coppers - first
 
All of the Madmen - press release - Bring Whatever You Expect to Find - Jolly Coppers - second

Slice of Life on tour

Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life is back out out on tour. Following a support slot with Sleaford Mods at the Electric Ballroom, London on 30 January, the band are playing the following dates:

Slice of Life - 14 March 2015
 
Slice of Life, Headsticks, Static Kill, The Star Botherers and Muddy Summers and the DFWs – 14 March 2015: The Maze, Nottingham. Tickets £10 in advance.
 
 
Slice of Life - 17 April 2015
 
Slice of Life, Bored Housewife, Henry Raby, DJ Grand Wazoo – 17 April 2015: Fulford Arms, York – from 7pm, tickets £10 OTD or £8 advance from the Fulford Arms.
 
 
Slice of Life - 18 April 2015
 
Slice of Life – 18 April 2015: The Vault (Elliot’s), Ladies walk, Workington CA14 3BA. 18:00: question-and-answer session with Steve Ignorant (chaired by Shaun McGhee); 20:30: Slice of Life perform live. £5 on the door. Part of the Soundwave: Do It Yourself! music festival.
 
 
Slice of Life - 2 May 2015
 
Slice of Life, The Horse Loom – 2 May 2015: Cluny 2, Newcastle; doors 8pm. Ticket £9 in advance.
 
 
Slice of Life - 3 May 2015
 
Slice of Life – 3 May 2015: The Green Room, Green Dragon Studios, Stockton-on-Tees. Tickets £8 in advance; £10 on the door
 
 

A four-page feature on Poison Girls appears in the December 2014 issue (#379) of MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL magazine.

The article merges new email interviews with Vi Subversa, Lance D’Boyle and Richard Famous with archival content on the band from a variety of different sources; Zillah Minx’s She’s a Punk Rocker UK documentary; material drawn from the Kill Your Pet Puppy blog; and my own article on the Stop the City demonstrations from the September 2013 edition of Freedom.

Poison Girls feature - MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL - #379 - December 2014

The issue is available to order (in print and digital download formats) from the MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL site.

Erin Yanke, (ed.). 2014. ‘Poison Girls’, MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL, #379, December.

My own article on Poison Girls will appear in the next issue (to be published shortly) of Punk & Post-Punk journal.

Rich Cross. [forthcoming]. ‘”Take the Toys from the Boys”: Gender, Generation and Anarchist Intent in the Work of Poison Girls’, Punk & Post-Punk, Vol 3, No 2, pp.117-145.

“The Pity of War”
Penny Rimbaud, Kate Short, Liam Noble
Sunday 8 February 2015, 16:00-18:30
North Weald Village Hall, High Road, North Weald

Wilfred OwenPenny Rimbaud reads the poems of Wilfred Owen accompanied by Kate Short-cello and Liam Noble-piano. Wilfred Edward Salter Owen MC (18 March 1893 – 4 November 1918) was an English poet and soldier, one of the leading poets of the First World War. His shocking, realistic war poetry on the horrors of trenches and gas warfare was heavily influenced by his friend and mentor Siegfried Sassoon, and stood in stark contrast both to the public perception of war at the time and to the confidently patriotic verse written by earlier war poets such as Rupert Brooke.

North Weald Village Hall adds:

We are proud to bring you this stunning work. The poetry of Wilfred Owen. Remembering the First World War with celebrated local artist Penny Rimbaud, Liam Noble piano and Kate Short cello. “My subject is war and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity”

More information from: North Weald Village Hall, North Weald, Essex CM16 6BU, email: nweald.villagehall@gmail.com.

Iceland’s alternative scene grew out of a tiny nucleus of alternative musicians including Björk, whose influence now extends to the Broadchurch soundtrack. How did they do it?

KUKL recorded for Crass Records and scored several British indie hits, before Björk, Örn, Baldursson and PP’s Bragi Olafsen regrouped as the core of the Sugarcubes. According to Baldursson, they formed a “pop group for a joke, to raise funds for an artist collective”. Once they signed to fledgling One Little Indian label (founded by Derek Birkett of the Crass-affiliated Flux of Pink Indians), the Sugarcubes became international stars.

And if you really want proof of the indelible mark left by extreme music in Iceland, just pay a visit to Reykjavik’s city hall on the northern shore of Lake Tjörnin. Ask to the see the mayor, Jón Gnarr, and maybe you’ll get the chance to see what he did to celebrate his election in 2010: he had the Crass logo tattooed on his arm. Like the glaciers, punk’s progress in Iceland may have been gradual, but it was inexorable.

Dave Simpson. 2015. ‘Björk, KUKL and Purrkur Pillnikk – the anarcho-punk roots of Iceland’s music scene’, The Guardian, 8 January.
 

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