Exitstencil Press have released an updated online version of a short film, originally shot by Mick Duffield in the gardens of Dial House in 1971 and featuring Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher. Says Rimbaud of the film:

Tea Piece – a pot of tea, 40 years in the making…. Like they say, history repeats itself. A really terrific, short movie.

Comment: I think (and I’m happy to be corrected) that this film (in its original edit) enjoyed its most recent public screening back in 2002, as the opening shot in a bill of Crass films shown at the National Film Theatre in London on 15 June, along with Autopsy and Yes Sir, I Will.

I remember that, in the Q&A, a member of the audience asked Gee: ‘what was the first tea film all about, then?’. She began to formulate an answer and then stopped as she got a clear view of the questioner. ‘Steve [Ignorant]!’, she shouted. ‘I didn’t recognise you. I thought you were just some bald bloke.’ When the laughter died down, Rimbaud supplied a typically forthright exploration of the film’s message.

The new Slice of Life single, Your Day Will Come (released on 7 December 2015), is available to stream from SoundCloud; and to buy as a digital download from iTunes.

Slice of Life - Your Day Will Come

Vi Subversa’s Naughty Thoughts and The Cravats together played a sold-out gig at The Green Door, Brighton yesterday (5 December 2015). It was a brilliant night, with outstanding performances from both sets of artists. The first audience videos from the evening are today reaching YouTube.

Vi Subversa’s Naughty Thoughts – Persons Unknown

All The Madmen Records, Robin Ryde

Vi Subversa’s Naughty Thoughts – Old Tart’s Song


Pete Fender has created a Facebook gallery of photos from Vi Subversa’s set.

Launched at the gig, All The Madmen Records’ thirty five year anniversary edition of Poison Girls’ classic Persons Unknown is now available to purchase as a 12-inch heavyweight vinyl in deluxe sleeve with notes and lyrics insert plus A2/42x59cm poster. The first supplies of the new release of Persons Unknown all sold out on the night.

All the Madmen Records is now taking pre-orders on the 35th anniversary re-release of Poison Girls’ celebrated Persons Unknown track, backed with the equally lauded Statement (in its Wargasm incarnation).

All the Madmen are also recreating the forty eight Persons Unknown one-inch badge set, originally released at in parallel with the single in 1980, which will be available to buy in six grouped part-sets and a complete collection (plus black crow and yin-yang badges).

Poison Girls – Persons Unknown / Statement (Orchestral)

Release date: Late November / early December 2015 (subject to manufacture)
12” Heavyweight Vinyl in full colour sleeve with insert and folded A2 poster

Poison Girls’ legendary, brooding call to action for the radical and dispossessed gets a 35-year anniversary, deluxe vinyl edition on The Mob’s All The Madmen Records, backed with the sublime orchestral version of Statement. Continuing Poison Girls’ ongoing vinyl re-release series. In full collaboration with Poison Girls, coordinated by Pete Fender with artwork design and layout by Bernhardt Rebours.

Now on 12″ vinyl in their full durations of over 7 minutes and 5 minutes respectively, both tracks are given space to breathe and be heard in their best vinyl form. The 180g heavyweight vinyl presents as a more deluxe, durable medium and a two-sided insert details the background, lyrics and ongoing relevance of the songs.

An enclosed A2 sized (42.0 x 59.4cm), folded poster graphically reproduces the set of forty eight 1-inch button/pin badges that Poison Girls produced and distributed in 1980 to promote and reinforce the Persons Unknown declaration. Using words from the song, each badge identifies a social (mis)fit – joined lyrically as one in the full set. The badges have been carefully recreated and are made available in hand-pressed sets, via All The Madmen Records.

Poison Girls – Persons Unknown

Inspired by the 1979 UK High Court trial (and subsequent acquittal) of members of the Anarchist Black Cross group for “conspiring with persons unknown at places unknown to cause explosions and overthrow society”. There were no explosions. Some of that group set about forming an Anarchist Centre and in a joint release with Crass’ Bloody Revolutions, Persons Unknown financed the opening in 1980 of Londons Wapping Wharf Autonomy Centre.

Just as the Anarchist Black Cross were synonymous with the campaign for political freedom throughout the 20th Century, the split 7″ release became a cornerstone of the anarchist punk counterculture. The rhetoric of Persons Unknown remains a commentary valid as ever today with continued use of Joint Enterprise doctrine in “guilty by association” trials of those remotely associated with insurrection. See the recently attempted prosecution of social segregation “poor doors” and anti-gentrification “cereal killers” protestors in London.

Poison Girls – Statement

First released in its original form as a flexi-disc with the Chappaquiddick Bridge album and here reworked for Pax Records’ 1982 anti-war compilation Wargasm; featuring the National Youth Orchestra and Jason Osborn adding their classical staccato to underpin Vi Subversa’s impassioned curse to the system and its warlords.

Poison Girls - Persons Unknown - November 2015

All The Madmen Records - Poison Girls - Persons Unknown badges

All The Madmen Records - Poison Girls Persons Unknown - back cover

In a new interview with Gonzo Weekly (Issue 154), Steve Ignorant discusses the recent Sleaford Mods tour; new Slice of Life recordings; joining some Polish musicians (from Dagenham and Barking) to record Romanian gypsy songs; plans for seeking out new audiences and festivals to perform at next year (“moving away from the punk circuit”); taking up the opportunity to speak on the history of Punch and Judy; and working with Paranoid Visions (including plans to record a benefit cover version of The Ruts’ ‘Shine on Me’).

Gonzo Weekly - 154 - Steve Ignorant

All The Mad Men Records have announced today their plan to release a 35-year anniversary “deluxe 12″ vinyl edition” of Poison Girls’ single Persons Unknown

In November – from All The Madmen Records
Poison Girls – Persons Unknown
35-year anniversary deluxe 12″ vinyl edition
Details and pre-order to follow

“Flesh and blood is who we are
Our cover is blown…”

Poison Girls - Persons Unknown - November 2015

Dare to Dream: Anarchism in England in History and in Action. a documentary directed by Goldsmith’s College, University of London film student Marianne Jenkins in 1990, has just been made available online.

The 40-minute documentary moves between exploring contemporary British anarchist culture and politics and events from across global twentieth century history (including the First World War, the Russian Revolution, the Spanish Civil War, the Vietnam War) and libertarian responses to them.

The film includes contributions from well-known names in the post-war anarchist movement, incuding John Rety, Nicholas Walter, Phillip Samson, Vernon Richards, Clifford Harper and Albert Meltzer – and Labour MP Kim Howells (whose ‘radical’ past is revisited in historic newsreel).

Glimpses of the British anarchist movement in the 1980s are seen in the coverage of Bradford’s 1-in-12 Club, Birmingham’s Common Ground initiative, London Hargingey’s Solidarity Movement, London Greenpeace; and through the Stop the City events, anti-poll tax protests, animal rights movement and the feminist movement.

Although anarcho-punk is not a particular on-screen focus for Jenkins, the soundtrack includes the music of Crass, Chumbawamba, Concrete Sox, Political Asylum and The Subhumans (alongside Glen Miller and Bob Dylan).

As well as brief live footage of Chumbawamba, anarchist punk is most clearly represented in front of camera through equally fleeting live footage of Poison Girls and a short (but illuminating) interview with Vi Subversa and Richard Famous (circa 30:00 in).

There’s an interesting commentary on the documentary on the Red, Black, Green blog by redblackgreen – who uploaded the film to the Veoh platform. They note:

Dare to Dream was made on a shoestring budget and it shows. Production values, especially by 21st century standards are low, but the amateurish look gives it real charm and a very DIY anarcho-punk feel redolent of its era.

Dare to Dream - Vi Subversa

Dare to Dream - Poison Girls - live 1984

Dare to Dream - Richard Famous and Vi Subversa

Dare to Dream - Stop the City

Dare to Dream - Stop the City - crowd running

Please note that the video contains distressing images of human and animal suffering, and has been given an ‘suitable for 18-year-olds and above’ rating on Veoh.


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