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EXITSTENCIL PRESS ARE planning to republish all issues of International Anthem (the ‘nihilist newspaper for the living’ first produced by Gee Vaucher in 1977) in book format. Three issues were produced between 1977 and 1980.

In the pipeline – A publication that brings together the five International Anthems (published and unpublished) made between 1978-1982, into one book. This will hopefully be available towards the end of the year. International Anthem was created by Gee Vaucher as a vehicle for her own work and that of friends including, Eve Libertine, Penny Rimbaud, Dave King.

International Anthem - issue one

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Punk Lyrics with Murray Lachlan Young

PENNY RIMBAUD APPEARED ON BBC Radio 6 this weekend discussing the lyrics of punk with British poet Murray Lachlan Young and punk magazine editor Kirsty Allison.

The playlist featured a wide array of punk artists, and includes the Crass tracks ‘Punk is Dead’, ‘End Result’, ‘Fight War Not Wars’, ‘Bloody Revolutions’, ‘Yes Sir I Will’ [extract] Jeffrey Lewis’ cover version of ‘Where Next Columbus?’ and Penny Rimbaud, Kate Short and Liam Noble performing ‘Anthem For The Doomed Youth’ from the forthcoming What Passing Bells: The War Poems of Wilfred Owen

British poet Murray Lachlan Young takes a lyrical look at the world of punk.

He’s joined in the studio by Penny Rimbaud who co-founded the Anarcho-punk band Crass in 1977.

Punk poet, DIY club runner and punk magazine editor Kirsty Allison will also join in the discussion.

Punk lyrics with Murray Lachlan Young was first broadcast on 22 October, and in the UK is available on the BBC iPlayer until 21 November 2017.

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CRASS ARE THE subject of the ‘Hello / Goodbye’ feature in the back-end of the November edition of Mojo magazine.

Roy Wilkinson [in conversation with Penny Rimbaud]. 2017. ‘Penny Rimbaud and Crass’, Mojo, November, p.138

CRASS FEATURE IN the one-page ‘Hello / Goodbye’ feature in the current issue of Mojo magazine. Based on an interview with Penny Rimbaud, Wilkinson compares how Rimbaud now describes his original expectations of forming Crass (‘Hello’, 1977) with his current reflections on the drivers of Crass’ endgame (‘Goodbye’, 1984).

Penny Rimbaud and Crass - Mojo - October 2017

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Steve Ignorant - Paranoid Visions -  Rebellion 2017
This year’s Rebellion punk festival gets underway today, with a line-up which featuring a variety of artists based in, or with roots in, the anarchist punk scene, including (but not limited to): Rubella Ballet, Slice of Life (3 August), Paranoid Visions, The Subhumans, Interrobang? (4 August), Anti System, Citizen Fish, Steve Ignorant with Paranoid Visions, special set 1977-2017 (5 August), Zounds, Culture Shock, Ex-Cathedra (6 August).

Steve Ignorant’s appearance with Paranoid Visions on 5 August, which promises a ‘one-off set of Steve’s best material, 1977-2017’, is likely to include the first full-band performances of significant amount of material from the Crass-era of his work since The Last Supper tour finale in 2011.

UPDATE 12 August 2017:

Audience video of the opening number from Steve Ignorant’s set with Paranoid Visions:

The set list from Steve Ignorant’s set with Paranoid Visions:

Ignorant_Paranoid_Visions_Rebellion_2017_set

Banned from the Roxy:

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SOUTHERN RECORDS HAS released a new ‘white vinyl’ edition of The Feeding of the 5000; the band’s first release first issued on the Small Wonder label in 1978 (although not properly released until March 1979). This latest version, featuring the complete tracks of the ‘Second Sitting’ release, is taken from the original master tapes (rather than the Crassical Collection remix series), and included a complimentary digital download. This new version is priced at £14.00 (plus shipping).

This release comes just thirty-four years after Crass’ first experiment with the coloured vinyl format, with the 1983 release of the ‘Brown Shit-coloured’ Who Dunnit? seven-inch single.

 
Feeding of the 5000 - white vinyl - March 2017
 

Product Description
18 tracks, 31 minutes. New pressing created from the original vinyl master tapes (no remix!). Wrapped in the original iconic fold-out black and white poster sleeve. Includes a code for a free digital download in the format of your choice (mp3, FLAC, ALAC (Apple Lossless), AAC, Ogg Vorbis, WAV and AIFF formats).

New as of March 2017: 180gm white vinyl
Also available on 140gm black vinyl.

The Feeding of the 5000 is the first album by Crass, released in 1978. The record came to be made when Pete Stennett, owner of Small Wonder Records, heard a demo that the band had recorded. Impressed by all of the material, he decided that rather than release a conventional single by the band, he would put all of their set onto an 18 track 12 inch EP.

However problems were encountered when workers at the Irish pressing plant contracted to manufacture the disc refused to handle it due to the allegedly blasphemous content of the track “Reality Asylum” (referred to as “Asylum” on the record sleeve). The record was eventually released with this track removed and replaced by two minutes of silence, retitled “The Sound Of Free Speech”. This incident also prompted Crass to set up their own record label in order to retain full editorial control as well as political and legal responsibility for their material, and “Reality Asylum” was shortly afterwards issued in a re-recorded and extended form as a 7 inch single.

A later repress of The Feeding Of The 5000 (subtitled The Second Sitting) released on Crass records in 1981 restored the missing track. The song “They’ve Got A Bomb” also features a period of silence within it, inspired by John Cage’s “4’33″”. The band have acknowledged the influence of Cage, and said that the idea of the space in the song, when performed live, was to suddenly stop the energy, dancing and noise and allow the audience to momentarily ‘confront themselves’ and consider the reality of nuclear war.

According to band founder and drummer Penny Rimbaud, who wrote in 1986: “We named the album The Feeding Of The Five Thousand because 5000 was the minimum number that we could get pressed and some 4900 more than we thought we’d sell. Feeding is now only a few hundred short of going golden, though I don’t suppose we’ll hear too much about that in the music press”.

Track Listing
Side A
1. Asylum
2. Do They Owe Us A Living
3. End Result
4. They’ve Got A Bomb
5. Punk Is Dead
6. Reject Of Society
7. General Bacardi
8. Banned From The Roxy
9. G’s Song
Side B
10. Fight War Not Wars
11. Women
12. Securicor
13. Sucks
14. You Pay
15. Angels
16. What A Shame
17. So What
18. Well…Do They?
Total Running Time: 31:51

Original Release: 1978
File Under: Punk
For Fans Of: Crass, Rudimentary Peni, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Flux Of Pink Indians

Someone Said:
We were setting out as purists: hard, uncompromising and utterly bemused. – Penny Rimbaud, 2010

The Feeding of the Five Thousand is also available on the Crassical Collection, a series of remastered and expanded Crass albums on CD. Released in December 2010, the CD includes a 64-page booklet with notes from the band and a recreation poster sleeve.

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Gee Vaucher - exhibition

Gee Vaucher (1945) is an internationally renowned political artist living outside Epping, Essex. She is best known for her radical creativity, montages and iconic artwork for the infamous anarcho-pacifist band Crass. Employing an eclectic range of styles and techniques, coupled with an essentially DIY aesthetic, she creates powerful images exploring political, cultural and personal issues. She sees her work as a tool for social change.

This retrospective survey of Vaucher’s work is her premiere in the UK, bringing together for the first time a comprehensive collection of her paintings, collages, prints, photographs, videos and sculptures plus installation work and rare archive material.

MORE DETAILS OF the events that will accompany Gee Vaucher’s upcoming ‘Introspective’ exhibition, which will run from 12 November 2016 to 19 February 2017 at the Firstsite gallery space in Colchester have been published. Not all of the specifics are yet known, but these are some of the dates for the diary…

  • Friday 11 November 2016, 18:00-20:00: Private viewing of the exhibition, on the eve of the main opening; opening party
  • Saturday 19 November – Sunday 20 November 2016: The Print Project Workshop (featuring the Letterpress gang from Shipley)
  • Thursday 24 November 2016: Screening of ‘Angel’, a film by Gee Vaucher; followed by a Q&A session.
  • Friday 25 November 2016: Penny Rimbaud performs with “assorted musicians & words”.
  • Saturday 26 November 2016: Artist and Curator tour of the exhibition.
  • Thursday 1 December 2016: A discussion and debate on Gee Vaucher’s work with: Rebecca Binns, George McKay, Brandon Taylor & Stevphen Shukaitis (plus Gee “maybe stirring the soup”).
  • Friday 2 December 2016: Eve Libertine and Charles Webber. Eve Libertine has written the lyrics for & is co-director of an exciting new chamber opera Room of Worlds for live voices, electronics and video. The opera charts the physical and psychological journey of a woman in a patriarchal landscape of domesticity, love and loneliness, through medicine and memory, to the edge of madness. Room of Worlds is based loosely on The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and is the result of an ongoing collaboration between electronic artist Charles Webber (composer/video) & experimental vocalist and ex-Crass chanteuse Eve Libertine.
  • 13 January 2017: Penny Rimbaud reads the poetry of Wilfred Owen
  • 14-15 January 2017: Monoprint workshops with Eve & Pandora
  • 28-29 January 2017: no.w.here Film Workshop for Young Women

Full details of these and other events are still to be announced.

Firstsite
Lewis Gardens, High St, Colchester CO1 1JH
http://www.firstsite.uk.net
http://www.firstsite.uk.net/page/gee-vaucher

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Alastair Gordon’s new book Crass Reflections on Punk: Capitalism, Culture & Ideology is now available from the Active Distribution online shop. (This is the paperback printed version and not the limited edition version sold at the Leicester Crass Artwork Exhibition in June 2016).


Crass Reflections - Alistair Gordon

Alistair’s Gordon’s new book Crass Reflections on Punk: Capitalism, Culture & Ideology was launched at the Keep It Simple, Make It Fast conference in Porto, Portugal in July.

Jointly published by Active Distribution and Itchy Monkey Press, Crass Reflections is a revised and extended version of Gordon’s Throwing the Punk Rock Baby Out with the Bath Water: Crass and Punk Rock a Critical Appraisal, originally published in 1996. That text had its own origins in Gordon’s undergraduate thesis.

Crass Reflections revisits, revises and extends the text of Throwing the Punk Rock Baby and comes with a lengthy new scene-setting introduction by Gordon. The book has been designed by Russ Bestley, and includes a Foreword by Crass’s Penny Rimbaud.

This book comprises an undergraduate monograph an essays written in the mid 1990s. The central theme sets up and critically examines the need to examine the work of the anarchist punk band Crass in light of a poverty of discussion of their activities in previous cultural studies writings on punk. Equally, notions of endpoints in underground cultures are put to the question. The broad thesis of the monograph interrogates links between critical theory and Frankfurt school perspectives on art and subversive culture and Neo Marxist accounts of their phylogeny. There is critical discussion of the tension and similarities between Crass and Neo Marxist accounts of the role of dominant ideology (traditional notions of false consciousness/media effect) in contrast to the cultural monopoly of survival needs as the central motor of social reproduction in capitalist culture. The monograph concludes with a discussion of the importance of the legacy of Crass and the need for future research. This monograph was written before the groundswell of punk scholarship in its wake and serves as vindication of its obscure and early importance. It’s principle importance lies in the fact that most accounts beyond this work have focussed not on critical theory but instead on historical contextual salience, aesthetic value and biographical detail.

This new edition comprises a new extensive introduction assessing methodological approaches in punk scholarship and examines the stormy DiY publication and contextual history of the original monograph. Moreover expanded versions of an original chapter is included in addition to essays on subversive culture, the 1982 Falklands conflict and an examination of philosophical approaches to repressive technologies.

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