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Platform Zero Presents Penny Rimbaud

Penny Rimbaud
What Passing Bells… The War Poems of Wilfred Owen
Music by Liam Noble and Kate Shortt
Visuals by Gee Vaucher
11 October 2018 | 20:00
Corsica Studios
Units 4/5, Elephant Road, London SE17 1LB
Tickets £12.00 advance

A NIGHT OF WORDS, MUSIC & VISUALS AT CORSICA STUDIOS

We are honoured to be able to announce that for our inaugural show, we have a performance by PENNY RIMBAUD.

Co-founder of the original Anarchist project CRASS, he is a musician, an activist, an artist, writer, a humanitarian and a philosopher, tackling subjects of injustice, exploitation, sexism and intolerance,and intent on promoting the notion of PEACE

As we approach 100 years since the end of “The Great War”, what better way to mark this crucial point in time than to join forces and acknowledge the effects of WAR and celebrate the end of one. Penny will be reciting – What Passing Bells… The War Poems of Wilfred Owen, Accompanied by Liam Noble on Piano Kate Shortt on Cello. Visuals to be provided by the outstanding Gee Vaucher in what promises, be a truly intense performance.

Available from Bandcamp (vinyl, CD and download) and from Overground Records (CD and vinyl)

Built around the enduring nucleus of Sid Truelove and Zillah Minx, Rubella Ballet formed in 1979 when Crass invited their audience to use their equipment and finish the gig. The newly formed group took to the road with Crass and the Poison Girls and quickly established a unique niche, standing out from the multitudes in black combat wear with their day-glo visual image and a diverse range of material that encompassed elements drawn from across the sonic spectrum.

Having made an initial impact with their groundbreaking Ballet Bag cassette pack in 1981, Rubella Ballet gigged heavily, presenting a celebratory spectacle of ultraviolet defiance that was driven relentlessly onward by Sid’s mighty rhythms and given context by Zillah’s unmatchable siren-song vocals. After their debut, Ballet Dance EP and subsequent 42f single impacted on the Independent Top Ten, the group continued to release new material intermittently across the decade.

The group returned to the studio in 2014, releasing Planet Punk, their first full length album in almost 25 years. A hit with critics and the group’s faithful following, the album drew upon a lifetime’s opposition to oppression and exploitation, emerging as what many cite as the band’s crowning achievement. The album also saw Sid emerge from behind the drumkit to demonstrate his prowess as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and engineer.

Now, four years on, Rubella Ballet have built upon the edifice of resistance defined within the grooves of Planet Punk, recording their latest studio LP, Danger Of Death, which will be available via Overground Records from late Summer 2018. Heralded by the singles compilation, Day Glo Daze, issued on Last Hour Records, Danger Of Death throws the pure light of reason on a modern world torn asunder by forces that seek to control, obfuscate and exploit. A lambent beacon of pure ultraviolet truth, shining vividly against a backdrop of fake news and government lies, Danger Of Death features material that confront today’s issues with honesty and defiance.

Rubella Ballet - Danger of Death

The Membranes, Islington, London - 5 October 2018

The Membranes (with choir), Slice of Life, The Cravats, The Wolfhounds
5 October 2018
Islington Assembly Hall
Upper Street, Islington, N1 2UD London
Advanced tickets: £16.50-£19.25

The Membranes and choir announce special London gig on Friday October 5th at Islington Assembly Rooms with Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life, The Cravats and The Wolfhounds.

Tubthumping - Chumbawamba

IN THE LATEST legal action by the guardians of Chumbawamba’s publishing rights, a nationalist Australian political comeback wannabe has been told he cannot use the band’s hit song Tubthumbing in his electoral campaign.

Mining magnate Clive Palmer used material from the song in a number of different social media and print media contexts, including a poor quality rendition of part of the song in a (now deleted) YouTube video. The “rendition was ‘badly sung’ with a ‘bunch of embarrassed “workers” who clearly don’t know the words,” said a statement from the band. A toe-curling clip of the ‘performance’ was still available on Palmer’s Twitter feed at the time of writing.

The statement dismisses Palmer as “a ridiculous narcissist” with repellent views “on climate change, immigration and abortion”.

Tubthumping is a song written to champion the resilience of working people, not to further a billionaire’s political ambitions,” the statement continues.

The band’s representatives are threatening legal action if Palmer does not comply with the cease-and-desist instruction.

A spokesman for the Palmer’s “Let’s Make Australia Great Again” United Australia Party acknowledged: “This is issue is being dealt with by the lawyers, therefore I don’t have any further information for you at this stage.”

Naaman Zhou. 2018. ‘Chumbawamba knock down “Trump-lite” Clive Palmer over song use’. The Guardian, 31 August. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/aug/31/chumbawumba-knock-down-trump-lite-clive-palmer-over-song-use.

Anarcho-punk art exhibition - Mexico - August 2018

THE EXHIBITION OF anarcho-punk art, which was previously displayed in Oakland, California in April of this year, is being shown in Mexico today, at the “punk rocking bar” Gato Calavera.

Exhibition of anarcho-punk art and photography with more than 50 pieces from 1983 to the present: rare photos of bands and activism, propaganda, fanzines, DIY, art, posters and more

Anarcho-punk art exhibition
31 August 2018
EL GATO CALAVERA
Av. Insurgentes sur N° 179 Col Roma 06700
Ciudad de México

Steve Ignorant - Reading - 21 July 2018 - poster

Club Velocity presents
An evening with Steve Ignorant in conversation with Jonny Wah Wah
21 July 2018, 20:30
The Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST
Seated show

The evening will start at 8.30pm (so please do not be late). It will be an in-depth conversation with Steve.Johnny will be asking questions about his upbringing, music that influenced him, life in Crass, everything inbetween and right up to what he is currently doing with Slice Of Life.

There will be sections where songs that influenced, mean a lot to Steve and along with some songs by the man himself, will be played over the PA as part of the evening. A Question and Answer section to finish the evening.

Steve Ignorant is a singer and artist. He co-founded the anarcho-punk band Crass with Penny Rimbaud in 1977.After Crass stopped performing in 1984, he has worked with other groups including Conflict, Schwartzeneggar, Stratford Mercenaries and Current 93 as well as being an occasional solo performer.He is also a sculptor, and has worked as a traditional Punch and Judy performer using the name Professor Ignorant.

On 24th and 25th November 2007 he performed Crass’s entire The Feeding of the 5000 live at Shepherds Bush Empire, in London, backed by guest musicians. In 2010 Ignorant announced plans to do a tour called “The Last Supper”, performing Crass songs from the period 1977-1982 with largely the same band that performed with him at Shepherd’s Bush, including Gizz Butt, Bob Butler and Spike Smith.[11] In August 2010 Ignorant and Rimbaud took to the stage together to be interviewed by John Robb on the literacy stage at the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool where they informed the large crowd that Rimbaud has now given him his blessing to perform Crass material live. On 19 November 2011, Ignorant performed “The Last Supper” at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire where he was joined on stage by Rimbaud and Eve Libertine This was the last time Crass songs were performed live by him.

In 2010 Southern Records published The Rest Is Propaganda, Ignorant’s autobiography co-written with Steve Pottinger

He moved to the Norfolk coast in 2007 where he volunteers as a lifeboatman.

In recent times he has been performing as the front person of Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life

Soap the Stamps - book launch - gig poster

Nick Hydra
Rubella Ballet
Hagar the Womb
CTRL
Punk rock karaoke band
Shocks of Mighty
Sarah Pinks’ Gravediggers
Kathy Freeman

21 July 2018 (from 16:00)
The Victoria
451 Queensbridge Road, London E8 3AS
£10 on the door

Today is the official launch gig for Gail Thibert’s new book Soap the Stamps Jump the Tube. “Come early and purchase some fab grub (vegan and veggies options available) – grab one of the 100 free goody bags for early birds. Anyone attempting to blag their way in old school style will be awarded a pint of cider and a dog on a string (joking!)”

It’s 1983. Convent-educated teenager Gail dyes her hair blue and escapes suburban boredom in Surrey to live a more exciting life among the colourful punks and squatters of London.

Leaving behind the twitching net curtains and disapproving looks of beige Morden (A.K.A. Bore-don), Gail places a music paper advert to seek out likeminded ‘friends and weirdos,’ and so her adventure begins.

Along the way, Gail meets the good, the bad and the just plain crazy while riding the crest of the anarcho and post-punk wave of music which defined the early 80s underground.

Invited to join punk band the Lost Cherrees as keyboard player, Gail points out that she can’t play any instruments. When the band laugh and reassure her that they can’t play either, she takes the plunge. For two years, the band tours dive venues and releases cult records, and Gail combines the lifestyle of a punk musician with holding down jobs ranging from Camden Market stallholder, to sandwich making and cycle couriering.

Living in squats around the capital, Gail mixes with drug dealers and drunken casualties, at times living life dangerously close to the edge. Encounters with various lunatic personalities leave her nerves frazzled, and a horrific rape at a party leaves her scarred for life, yet she deals with it by campaigning for justice for rape victims.

As Thatcher’s 80s march on, boyfriends and marriage proposals come and go. Mike introduces Gail to motorbikes and before long she is zooming around on an old GT500 which she acquires through ‘cosmic ordering.’

She meets Bill the witch and learns the art of psychic protection and how to read tarot cards, which she finds she has a natural skill for. A new career as a psychic beckons, but although older and wiser, Gail finds she still has a knack for encountering the freaky and surreal.

Soap the Stamps is a true and sometimes harrowing story about a girl finding her way in a London that no longer exists.

Remembered with a sense of humour, Gail’s storytelling has an authenticity that that only an autobiography can provide and a memory for detail that will have you smiling and laughing.

Including snippets from Gail’s diaries you will recognize many musicians and personalities from the underground scene from that period and letters and fan mail that she lovingly kept all these years.

(And the title? A reference to ‘sticking it to authority’ and saving money by travelling on the London Underground without a ticket, and rubbing soap over stamps so the postmark can be removed and the stamps reused. Both popular punk pastimes!)

Gail Thibert. 2018. Soap the Stamps, Jump the Tube. Unbound Digital. ISBN: 9781912618187, 1912618184.
Official book web site | Buy online

https://unbound.com/books/soap-the-stamps/

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