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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/

Rowetta Idah of The Happy Mondays appeared on a feature on this morning’s (27 June 2018) BBC Breakfast news show on BBC One, discussing the past and future of the compact disc format.

Amongst the handful of personal CD favourites that she brought in from the collection she plays in the car was the Crass compilation Best Before.

Best Before - BBC Breakfast

Charlie Stadt. “You see, I’m not familiar with this.”

Rowetta : “Crass. They were my favourite band when I was a kid. So I love this. And I’ve got Stations of the Crass at home, that I play on vinyl. This is my favourite CD of theirs.”

The replay of this morning’s show is only available on the BBC iPlayer until 09:15 on 28 June 2018, and the segment starts at around 08:44 on the show’s timeline.

Credit to Martin Hardy who spotted, and Graham Burnett who shared information about, this.

CONFLICT PLAY THE Dolls House in Abertillery today (Friday 27 April) and the Exchange in Bristol tomorrow (Saturday 28 April).

Joining the bill in Abertillery are No Pulse, Brassick and Social Experiment; and in Bristol A Heads and Persecution.

Conflict - 27 April 2018
Conflict / No Pulse / Brassick / Social Experiment
Friday 27 April 2018
The Dolls House, Alma Street, Abertillery NP13 1QA
Details | Tickets

Conflict - 28 April 2018
Conflict / A Heads / Persecution
Saturday 28 April 2018
Exchange, 72-73 Old Market St, Bristol BS2 0EJ
Details | Tickets

On BBC One’s early evening magazine show The One Show yesterday evening (25 April 2018), Jon Culshaw presented a short retrospective feature on The Thatchergate Tape, the hoax telephone conversation between Thatcher and US president Reagan produced and circulated to the media by members of Crass in the aftermath of the Falklands War (recordings and transcripts of the tape are available online). There were no new revelations in the piece, but the feature includes a brief interview with Steve Ignorant and even briefer live footage of Crass (taken, as always, from the Persons Unknown documentary).

Viewers in the UK can catch-up with a recording of the show of the BBC iPlayer (until 25 May 2018).

Thatchergate - Culshaw

Thatchergate - Ignorant

Thatchergate - tape extract

Thatchergate - academic

Thatchergate - extract

Thatchergate - Crass

ZOUNDS PLAY TWO gigs in Scotland this weekend, with a show in Glasgow on Friday 6 April followed by a gig in Dunfermline on Saturday 7 April.

Zounds - 6 April 2018

Zounds, Constant Fear, Ex
6 April 2018
Ivory Blacks, 56 Oswald Street, Glasgow G1 4PL
Advance tickets available online and on door.

Zounds - 7 April 2018

Zounds + Critikill + Iron System
7 April 2018
Woodstock Wellwood, Dunfermline
Advance tickets available online and on door.

CONFLICT FOLLOW UP on recent gigs in Birmingham (24 February) and Telford (3 March) with a live show at The Maze in Nottingham on Saturday 7 April 2018.

Conflict + Riot Squad + Terminal Rage + King of Pigs + Rats From A Sinking Ship
7 April 2018
The Maze, Nottingham
Doors: 19:30 | Tickets: £12.50 advance
“Can everyone attending this gig please bring a tin of food for Framework food bank”.

Conflict - Nottingham - 7 April 2018

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