I think it worth drawing attention to the write-up of the No Sir, I Won’t symposium held at Oxford Brookes university in June 2013, written by organiser Pete Dale, published a couple of months back on the Oxford Brookes web site (especially as it’s not the easiest document to find!). Dale’s piece offers a detailed summary of the different talks and presentations on the day, and offers some interesting reflections on the different perspectives to emerge from the day’s discussion.
Web pages documenting conferences and seminars are notoriously ephemeral, as universities take down ‘legacy’ event content (and Oxford Brookes has already partly archived off the entry for the No Sir, I Won’t event). So I’m ‘taking a liberty’ (that would be a good title for a single, you know) and archiving off a copy of the write-up on this blog.
Cite the original: Pete Dale, 2014. “Write up of the ‘No Sir, I Won’t: reconsidering the legacy of Crass and anarcho-punk'” event at Oxford Brookes, 28 June 2013, Popular Music Research Unit, Oxford Brookes University, <http://arts.brookes.ac.uk/events/resources/No-Sir-I-wont-write-up.doc>, accessed [access date].
Cite this copy: Pete Dale, 2014. “Write up of the ‘No Sir, I Won’t: reconsidering the legacy of Crass and anarcho-punk'” event at Oxford Brookes, 28 June 2013, Popular Music Research Unit, Oxford Brookes University, republished on The Hippies Now Wear Black blog, <https://thehippiesnowwearblack.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/pete_dale_no-sir-i-wont-write-up.pdf> accessed [access date].
There’s no one place online where all of the presentations are currently available, but my own “You’ll never beat the system by bombing Number 10” is available on this blog, while Matt Grime’s Call It Crass but “There Is No Authority But Yourself”: Re-Canonizing Punks Underberlly is available through the academia.edu site, where you can also find related works by other presenters Pete Dale, Ana Raposo and Jim Donaghey.
Russ Bestley’s illustrated booklet, written and designed for the event, and to accompany the one-day exhibition of anarcho-punk artwork and graphic design, is also available to download (as a 5mb PDF file).