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Yes Sir - Coldspring Records - 2016

The challenging / provocative / controversial / suspect / distasteful / unconscionable (* choose your adjective) Coldspring Record label are to release a CD version of the live reworking of Crass’ 1983 album Yes Sir, I Will performed at the 2014 Rebellion punk festival.

The label previously announced (August 2015) and then summarily cancelled (September 2015) plans to release bootlegs of live Crass performances. This latest project appears to have the active support of performers Penny Rimbaud and Eve Libertine, with Gee Vaucher providing artwork for the packaging.

Yes, Sir, the Truth of ᴙevolution is scheduled for release on 27 June 2016 and is available for pre-order.


Crass’ album, Yes Sir, I Will, was possibly the most angry and hard hitting attack on the political/military/industrial complex ever consigned to vinyl. Written by Penny Rimbaud in 1982 at the height of the Falklands conflict, it seethes with righteous indignation over what he saw as a pointless but vicious exercise in vote catching by a government whose popularity was severely on the wane. So powerful was this critique that it led to threats of prosecution by that very same government, threats which were typically used by Crass to further their attacks on it and its tyrannical leader, Margaret Thatcher.

Over thirty years later, in 2014, Rimbaud was asked to participate in the Rebellion Festival, a yearly punk gathering held in Blackpool, UK. Realising that the opening date of the festival closely coincided with that of the euphemistically named ‘Great War’, Rimbaud and the festival organisers agreed that as an appropriate response they should open the event with a performance of Yes Sir, I Will.

In preparing for this performance, Rimbaud began to question the relevance of some of the content of Yes Sir, I Will. It seemed to him that much of it was pertinent only to the time in which it was written, a time when a genuine social uprising had appeared to be a very real possibility (one that was violently and conclusively squashed during the miners’ strike of 1984). But times change and there was, he now felt, an element of aggression within the work which veiled its essential message of love and peace; it was a passion that could all too easily be mistaken for blind anger. With this in mind, and inspired by John Lennon’s ‘All You Need is Love’, he set about rewriting ‘Yes, Sir’ from what he describes as a more Taoist viewpoint. Through replacing screams of anguish with laments of love, he was largely able to satisfy his wish to change Yes Sir, I Will into an expression of compassion, that being the hugely demanding realm of love in its unconditional form.

For the Rebellion performance of the now retitled Yes, Sir, the Truth of ᴙevolution, Rimbaud was joined by Crass’ lead vocalist Eve Libertine plus a group of leading musicians from the London jazz scene with whom they’d worked extensively in the past. Named ‘L’Académie des Vanités’, the band consisted of Eve Libertine/vocals, Penny Rimbaud/vocals, Louise Elliott/sax, Kate Shortt/cello, Jennifer Maidman/guitar, Phil Robson/guitar, Thad Kelly/bass and Gene Calderazzo/drums. The live recording of that show, presented here, captures all the tense excitement created by presenting a primarily punk audience with complex poetics of love, accompanied by equally demanding freeform, improvised jazz. However, as had generally been the case with Crass’ output, wild, willing and worrisome, it would be wise to expect the unexpected. Equally, through its progressive and colourful imagery, the vibrant packaging designed by Gee Vaucher shows a refusal to harp back to the illusory golden past of punk dreams and conceits.

‘We are poets, armed with the cobblestones of love, unconditional, uncompromising, beyond need of proof.’ However, if proof is needed, it will most surely be found in the content of this radical, imaginative release.

CD in digipak with 28-page booklet.

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Fight War Not Wars - The Art of Crass - Leicester - June 2016

Fight War, Not Wars – The Art of Crass

1-18 June 2016
LCB Depot Lightbox
31 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1RE

Free entry to exhibition
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This exhibition includes records, posters, prints, videos, books and other items from Leicester-based digital artist Sean Clark’s collection of Crass-related materials, built up over almost 20 years. Thought-provoking, confrontational, angry and beautiful in equal measures, the art of Crass remains as important now as it was almost four decades ago.

Exhibition Opening

Wednesday 1 June 2016
LCB Depot Lightbox
Free entry
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There will be a welcome by Sean Clark at 7pm followed by an introduction to Crass by Alastair Gordon from De Montfort University and a short talk by Stevphen Shukaitis about the Gee Vaucher retrospective happening in Colchester in November.

Penny Rimbaud and Louise Elliot

Yes Sir, I Will
Friday 10 June 2016
LCB Depot Lightbox
Entry £10.00 (including booklet)
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Penny Rimbaud (vocals, ex-Crass) and Louise Elliot (saxophone) present a lyrical re-working of Crass’ seminal anti-war album Yes Sir, I Will. The show will take place in the gallery and be include video projections. This is a very rare opportunity to see this work performed live. It is also the main fundraising event for The Art of Crass exhibition. Support will be provided by Leicester’s Music, Live Art, Spoken Word and Film night Anerki.

Exhibition open from 18:00, Anerki at 20:00, Penny Rimbaud and Louise Elliot at 21:00, the exhibition will remain open until 23:00.

DIY + Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life

Saturday 18 June 2016
LCB Depot
Free entry to daytime event
Evening gig: £8.00
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Punk may have been 40 years ago, but the “do it yourself” attitude it promoted is as relevant now as it ever was. To mark the end of “Fight War Not Wars: The Art Of Crass” exhibition we will be holding an all-day and evening event of self-organised creativity of all kinds. More details will be released soon, so keep the day clear. If you are interested in contributing please post on the Facebook Page or email theartofcrass@interactdigitalarts.uk.

To finish off the Art of Crass exhibition we have Crass co-founder Steve Ignorant’s latest band – Slice of Life. This is a real treat!

Having cut his punk teeth in Crass, Steve Ignorant’s latest project – Slice Of Life – allows for the more contemplative side of his song-writing to reveal itself. Like musical depictions of a British kitchen-sink drama, the songs on the debut album Love and a Lamp-post (Overground Records, 2014) provide vivid vignettes of the everyday. Both personal and universal, Slice of Life present ruminations from the bar stool honed on the late-night walk home. Musically, the band is built on an acoustic arrangement of piano, guitar and bass. Having shed the punk noise that defined Crass, Slice of Life retain the emotional impact and compassion that has long distinguished Steve’s work.

Fight War, Not Wars: The Art of Crass: http://www.theartofcrass.uk

UPDATED, 26 April 2016: New version of the poster added.

UPDATED, 8 May 2016: Third and final version of the poster added.

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Rimbaud and Libertine - The Vortex - October 2014

L’Académie des Vanités, The Vortex, 11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ, 8 October 2014 – the last appearance in the current residency. Includes a repeat performance of the reworked and revised Yes Sir, I Will premiered at the 2014 Rebellion punk festival. Performance 20:00-23:00; tickets £8 in advance.

Penny Rimbaud’s L’ACADÉMIE DES VANITÉS – Penny Rimbaud & Eve Libertine/voice, Louise Elliot/sax & flute, Kate Shortt/cello and Jennifer Maidman/ guitars, plus Gee Vaucher and Mick Duffield on visuals – present the last gig of their current residency along with special guests, Annie Whitehead/trombone and Gene Calderazzo/drums.

The first half of the set will include Eve Libertine’s innovative interpretations of poems by William Blake, while the second half will be a presentation Penny Rimbaud’s rewrite of the classic Crass album, Yes Sir, I Will performed to great acclaim at this year’s Rebellion punk festival – but punk it is not! This is the poetry of jazz & the jazz of poetry of which Rimbaud and his gang of troubadours are masters & mistresses.

“Penny Rimbaud is one of England’s great rebel poets. Prolific author, founding member of Crass and fearless explorer of possibilities in life and art, Rimbaud has never been one to wallow in nostalgia. Over the three decades since Crass disbanded he has been involved with myriad arts projects, published over 14 books, and released music ranging from the free form jazz/spoken word agitations of The Last Amendment to last years ‘symphonic punk’ collaboration with The New Banalists.” – The Quietus

Penny Rimbaud performing at The Vortex

Penny Rimbaud performing at The Vortex

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The Word Is Your Oyster - 21 May 2014

Penny Rimbaud and his ‘L’Académie des Vanités’ (featuring Eve Libertine, Jennifer Maidman, Louise Elliot and Annie Whitehead) join the line-up of performers appearing at the launch event of ‘The Word Is Your Oyster‘ at The Russet Cafe, 17 Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT on 21 May 2014: “a new monthly night of poetry, music and storytelling where words and lyrics pave a path for creative expression.”

The Word – is your Oyster’, Performance Poetry, storytelling & live music, by Sarah P (front woman of Electric Landladies & LUND) & Ruby Thompson (Rising singer songwriter), launches its monthly night of performance poetry, storytelling & live music

Experienced performers, musicians and brave new writers come together for thoughtful performance, playful exploration and creative collaboration. Words and lyrics lead the way, whilst live music plays an integral part. The Finale of each night is an organic improvised creation between musicians performers and audience inspired by The Word of the month.

Paper & pens on tables and an Invitation to share a thought and drop it in the box. Musicians and performers create a piece using the audiences words.

Our Launch night line up is shaping up to be an exciting and eclectic mix of performers, spanning generations. We are delighted to have:

Penny Rimbaud and his ‘L’Académie des Vanités’. Penny Rimbaud is one of England’s great rebel poets. Prolific author, founding member of Crass and fearless explorer of possibilities in life and art.

Penny Rimbaud and Eve Libertine/voices Elliott/sax & flute


Resident band – an electrifying female rock/pop/poetry three-piece Sarah P (voice) Deirdre Cartwright (Guitar/loops) Ann Day (drums)

Jennifer Maidman: Brilliant guitarist/bass player/singer playing her own numbers

Ruby Thompson: Singer, songwriter, drummer and ponderer.

The night will hold other surprises, and each month will bring new talents with new words.

Lovely food available from 6.30. LAUNCH PARTY SPECIAL COCKTAILS & BEERS Buy 1 get 1 half price before 8.00.

Doors 7.30 first set 8.30. £4.00 in advance, £5 on the door.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lundband
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewordisyouroyster

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The Rebellion Festival (Blackpool, UK, August) report:

We have a very special event to open Rebellion Festivals 2014 on Thursday in the Empress Ballroom.

In commemoration of the thousands on both sides who died brutal, pointless deaths in Word War I, Penny Rimbaud and Eve Libertine present a reworking of the Crass classic Yes, Sir, I Will complete with a six piece band. They are joined by Gee Vaucher who will be showing the classic film of the same name. As Rimbaud puts it – ‘It will be good to do Yes, Sir at the festival because it’s probably more relevant today than it was thirty-five [actually, thirty-one] years back, and all the more so for this being the centenary year of ‘the war to end all wars’ – will we ever learn?’.

Day tickets are available for this special one off performance – see day tickets for Thursday 7 August 2014 at : http://www.rebellionfestivals.com/tickets/

Yes Sir, I Will

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The latest residency appearance by Penny Rimbaud’s Last Amendment at The Vortex jazz club in London on 16 October 2013 will feature a tribute to American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac.

Penny Rimbaud’s Last Amendment continue their a bi-monthly residency with TI JEAN, an evening devoted to Jack Kerouac who in his free-spirited Zen wanderings was seminal to the development of jazz and poetry as a fusion art form.

Eve Libertine will perform Kerouac’s phonetic masterpiece Sea, preceded by Penny Rimbaud’s tribute to Kerouac Ti Jean. With respectful sadness this piece follows Kerouac’s demise from dharma bum to blistered barfly. With Louise Elliott/sax & flute, Kate Shortt/cello, Annie Whitehead/trombone, Justina Curtis/piano and Jennifer Maidman/guitars.

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Rimbaud and Libertine - Fukushima benefit, Japan
Penny Rimbaud and Eve Libertine are scheduled to perform at the FREEDOMMUNE 0 ZERO 2013 concert in Chiba City, near Tokyo, Japan on Saturday 13 July; a benefit to raise funds for those affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011.

Saturday 13 JULY
Makuhari hall,
Chiba City, near Tokyo, Japan.
5:00pm til 6:00am

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