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Musician Marc Carroll‘s seventh studio album (released on One Little Indian Records) features collaborations with Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher.

Rimbaud provides the lead vocals on the title track Love Is All Or Love Is Not At All; while Vaucher supplies designs and illustrations for the album and CD artwork. Carroll told the Louder Than War site of the collaboration:

Everything about Penny and Gee resonates with me, their art, words, sense of humour. Their life’s work has influenced millions. And it has been a life’s work. It’s a beautiful story that is still lived out to this day. Quite simply, there is no authority but yourself.

Love Is All Or Love Is Not At All is reviewed by Folk Radio UK; The Irish Times; and Louder Than War; and in Mojo, Record Collector and Uncut magazines.

The album is available in digital format from iTunes and in physical formats from the One Little Indian online shop.

Love Is All Or Love Is Not At All - Gee Vaucher


 

Supporters of US punk magazine Maximum Rocknroll have launched a crowdfunded project which aims to digitise and catalogue the publication’s entire print archive, making it searchable online; and to put into effect a clear preservation programme to manage and protect MRR‘s vast and growing vinyl archive for the long-term.

The first target of the fundraising programme has been met, but MRR are now looking to build on that foundation to extend the reach and viability of the project. A range of punk perks are available to all funders who pledge more than $5.

Since 1977, Bay Area punk institution Maximum Rocknroll has been producing a radio show, publishing a monthly magazine, releasing records, organizing shows, and supporting worldwide punk projects. As MRR enters its 40th year, we are undertaking our most ambitious project ever: creating a comprehensive online database of our record collection and music reviews. The project will also see out-of-print issues of the magazine fully digitized. We’re asking for your help to make it possible.

Our collection is the largest assemblage of punk material history on earth. In addition to records, the archive is home to countless rare and unheard demo tapes, zines, photographs, one-of-a-kind record covers designed by the magazine’s founder Tim Yohannan, and flyers dating back to the genre’s inception, many of which will be digitized for the first time. MRR has been instrumental in punk history and historiography, and the archive and database will be an essential resource for record collectors, historians, and anyone interested in punk, hardcore, and garage rock.

The monthly magazine, published since 1982, is self-sustaining, but we need your help to fund the archive project and its twin goals of long-term viability for our physical collections and a searchable, sortable online database of our holdings. MRR is entirely volunteer-run and independent. Your donation will help fund the various costs associated with a project of this scope.

Our database will be one-of-a-kind, serving as an online catalog and media repository for punk’s material history.

Slice of Life have released a new eight track mini-album recorded live during a performance at The Forum in 2015. The vinyl version is limited to 300 copies; with a digital version available through iTunes.

Slice of Life - Live at The Forum

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 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.

This album Live at the Forum 2015 will give a taste of that tour and will show that having shed the punk noise that defined Crass, Slice of Life retain the emotional impact and compassion that has long distinguished Steve’s work.

Live at the Forum 2015 is reviewed on the Louder Than War site; and the release is discussed on the Vive Le Rock site.

The latest edition of The Wire magazine (No. 388, June 2016) includes an illustrated eight-page ‘primer’ feature on anarcho-punk, written by Louis Pattison and illustrated by Savage Pencil. The intro declares:

In the late 1970s, the righteous racket and tireless political activism of Crass helped spark the ideologies and DIY networks that became anarcho-punk. Louis Pattison traces the spread of a grassroots movement that spawned Poison Girls, Flux of Pink Indians, Conflict and legions of overlooked footsoldiers of punk. Illustration by Savage Pencil

Louis Pattison and Savage Pencil. 2016. ‘The Primer: Anarcho-Punk’, The Wire, No 388, June, pp. 30-37.

The Wire - The Primer - Anarcho-punk

The Wire - No 388 - June 2016

Steve Ignorant - The Guardian - 7 May 2016

Steve Ignorant features in today’s (7 May 2016) Guardian‘s magazine ‘Never mind the bus pass‘ retrospective; which sees six punk activists ‘look back at the wildest days of their lives’.

Steve Ignorant, 58
Then: lead singer, Crass
Now: lifeboatman

Punk had a purpose. Every gig would benefit something: a rape crisis centre, a donkey sanctuary, an old people’s home. It was positive. We wanted a nice world to live in. Only, this time, we weren’t asking – we were telling.

From 1977 to 1984, I was the lead vocalist for Crass. We toured the UK, playing gigs wherever and whenever we could. When Crass finished, I continued to perform and record with Conflict and later formed the bands Schwartzeneggar and Stratford Mercenaries.

In 2007, I moved to Norfolk with the intention of living quietly by the coast. I was going to sweep up leaves and all that sort of stuff – but it wasn’t to be. The year I moved, I got an offer to do two nights at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. With every gig I do, I like to donate to a cause. I knew the independent lifeboat service in Sea Palling is always desperate for funds, so I thought that was ideal: I could see where the money actually goes. They got about £1000 and bought new life jackets that went on to save people’s lives.

The crew took me out on the boat, dressed me up in a drysuit, threw me overboard and picked me up, then asked, “So, what about joining?”

At first, I was very reluctant – I worried about the commitment and imagined that I would have to go on parade. The idea of some bloke telling me off for not shaving properly went totally against my principles. But they were all scruffier than me. Now I’m a full-time member.

Being part of the crew is similar to being in a band. You’re full of adrenaline when you’re on stage, but the worst thing that can happen is that you forget the words or the lead guitarist plays a bum note. It’s not the same adrenaline when you’re suddenly out at sea and pulling someone from the water. It affects different people in different ways. It doesn’t hit me at first, but about an hour later, it’s as if I’ve taken amphetamines. I can’t shut up about it.

Also included in the feature are: Ausaf Abbas, Lesley Woods, Terry Chimes, David O’Brien and Jordan.

Nige Tassell. 2016. ‘”Never Mind the Bus Pass”: punks look back at their wildest days’, The Guardian, 7 May 2016. http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/may/07/never-mind-bus-pass-punks-look-back-wildest-days

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
[More details]

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
18:00-22:00
LCB Depot Lightbox
Free entry
[More details | Book]

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
12noon-23:00
LCB Depot
Free entry to daytime event
Evening gig: £8.00
[More details | book]

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.

UPDATED, 8 May 2016: Third and final 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

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