Steve Ignorant - Paranoid Visions - Sutton-in-Ashfield - 27 June 2015

Steve Ignorant – Paranoid Visions – The Enemy – 3 Stone Monkey – Static Kill – The Outlines
New Cross, Sutton-in-Ashfield
27 June 2015
£10 in advance | Doors from 7pm
Advance tickets available

Poison Girls’ Vi Subversa celebrated her eightieth birthday at an event for family and friends in London last week.

Poison Girls' Vi Subversa celebrates eightieth birthday
Vi Subversa - 80th birthday - speech
Vi Subversa - 80th birthday - cake
Photos: Ming DeNasty. More photos from the event can be found on the the Poisongirlfriends Facebook group page.

Virgin Money are releasing a set of credit cards featuring a range of Jamie Reid’s designs for the Sex Pistols.

In The Guardian (9 June 2015), Rupert Jones writes:

Virgin Money, the bank backed by Sir Richard Branson, has launched an series of Sex Pistols credit cards, including two featuring the artwork for the band’s 1977 album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, in its full uncensored glory.

A third card features imagery relating to the single Anarchy in the UK.

It is not clear that own-brand credit cards were what John Lydon had in mind when he spat out the line “Your future dream is a shopping scheme” on that debut single, released in November 1976. More recently, he starred in a TV advertising campaign for Country Life butter.

However, Virgin Money said it was “time for consumers to put a little bit of rebellion in their pocket”. Michele Greene, the bank’s director of cards, said: “In launching these cards, we wanted to celebrate Virgin’s heritage and difference. The Sex Pistols challenged convention and the established ways of thinking – just as we are doing today in our quest to shake up UK banking.”

The Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks - credit card

Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK - credit card

Sex Pistols - credit cards

Virgin Money’s press release was also picked up by The Independent (9 June 2015); The Mirror (9 June 2015); The Telegraph (9 June 2015), and many other news and media outlets.

Dissidents and Dreamers: Anti-authoritarian art from the East and West
Gee Vaucher and Oscar Kasperek
Thursday 21 May – Sunday 14 June 2015
Centrala, Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RT Birmingham

Centrala Space presents an Exhibition of Anti Authoritarian Protest Art and Music from the East and West, including works by Gee Vaucher, Oscar Kasperek and Radosław Włodarski . Gee Vaucher’s iconic imagery made with anarcho-punk band Crass was inspirational to the ‘protest art’ of the 1980s and still resonates today. Vaucher has always seen her work as a tool for social change. From the same period but on the other side of Europe under a different political system, Oscar Kasperek’s work is equally provocative and thoughtful from his portraits of fellow prisoners to his use of stamps which leave small traces in the environment to present a dialogue with the surrounding world. In conjunction with the exhibition, Centrala café will be presenting the contemporary work of Radosław Włodarski. Included in the exhibition programme will be Punk and DIY Fanzine collections from the East and West and series of special film screenings

Punk Protest Art: a discussion
Sunday 14 June 2015
Centrala Gallery (part of the Supersonic Festival)

Artists Gee Vaucher, Oskar Kasperek and Nic Bullen discuss their experiences in punk counter-cultural production.
The discussion will be the final event of the Dissidents and Dreamers Exhibition. Free entry.

Centrala Gallery and Cafe will be open from 12:00-17:00 throughout the Supersonic Festival with our selection of homemade Polish cakes and delicacies.

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


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