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Penny Rimbaud -Noisey - Vice
 

WITH THE RELEASE of What Passing Bells: The War Poems of Wilfred Owen, Penny Rimbaud discusses the project (and life, the universe and everything else) with Noisey’s Jamie Thomson. Of his work on the Wilfred Owen project he says:

I wouldn’t have done it if it was just a horror story. Because certainly, equally, his poetry is more powerful than any I know of describing the horror and the misery in the trenches, but at the same time there’s this sort of strange, deep love of the people who he was there with, which is the very love that he went back. I mean, he was hospitalised and actually could very easily not have gone back, but he did go back. He went back not because he believed in the war, but that he did believe in his men and loved his men.

Jamie Thomson. 2017. ‘War all the time: a conversation with Crass’ Penny Rimbaud’, Noisey, 10 November https://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/article/ne394x/a-conversation-with-crass-penny-rimbaud

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IN THIS MONTH’S edition of Wire magazine, Penny Rimbaud is invited to identify and comment on a series of recordings from an ‘invisible jukebox’ compiled by Phil England.

Phil England [testing Penny Rimbaud]. 2017. ‘Invisible Jukebox’. Wire, No 404, October, pp.24-27.

Each month we play a musician or group a series of records which they are asked to comment on – with no prior knowledge of what they are about to hear. This month it’s the turn of Penny Rimbaud. Will the veteran anarchist find The Wire‘s mystery collection crass?

Rimbaud - Wire - October 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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All Around Was Darkness - front cover

THE NEWLY PUBLISHED ANTHOLOGY, And All Around Was Darkness is “the third in the Tales from the Punkside series; a collection of books whose main concern is to provide a space for stories, anecdotes and various other shenanigans by those persons rarely heard – the fans and everyday participants in the punk movement.”

Published by Itchy Monkey Press, the book is A4 size, 288 pages, and full to bursting with essays, reflections, memories, photographs, flyers, poems and drawings. The first edition is a limited run of 100 copies, and can be ordered for £12.00 (plus £3.00 p&p, in the UK) via Paypal. Contact Mike Dines to confirm order and arrange payment.

Greg Bull and Mike Dines (eds.). 2017. All Around Was Darkness. Itchy Monkey Press. ISBN 978-1-291-74025-7

Contents

  • Introduction, Mike Dines
  • So You Joined a Band to Change the World, Gregory Bull
  • Recording No Doves/Laughing, Mark Wilson
  • Confessions of a Pre-Teen Punk, Chris Low
  • The Girl in the Band, Kathy Freeman
  • Anarcho-Feminism and Greenham Common, Lucy Robinson
  • Tales From the Ghost Town, Alan Rider
  • “No, It’s a Zine, Not a ‘Fan’ Zine”, Anth Palmer
  • Punk in Norway, Viggo Mastad
  • Should We Help the Miners?, Andy Hardcore
  • Poems, TS Paviour
  • The Mob Touring Finland (2016), Antti Lautala
  • Crass, Graham Burnett
  • Green Anarchist, Graham Burnett
  • Hyper-Active as the Day is Long, Neil Transpontine
  • A Woman in a Male Dominated Industry, Gail Thibert
  • Notes Written on a Tattered Page, Nick Hydra
  • Tales of a Teenage Punk, Andy Owen
  • How Much Longer?, Russ Bestley
  • Increasingly Right Wing, Ted Curtis
  • Fifteen Shades of Grey, Rich Cross
  • When John Met Clem, Rich Cross
  • The Stranger in the Pit, Francis Stewart
  • The Mother of all Soapy Stamp Stories, Phil Hedgehog Tonge
  • Amebix Art, Jonny R
  • Stopping the City – A Micro Memory, Stephen Spencer-Fleet
  • Smash the System, Persons Unknown
  • ‘Running Wild in the Disco’, Mike Dines

All Around Was Darkness - front and back cover

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Chumbawamba - The One Show - September 2017 - interview

Former Chumbawamba members Boff Whalley, Jude Abbott and Dunstan Bruce appear in a film segment on the 1 September edition of BBC One’s The One Show discussing the twentieth anniversary of the release of the Tubthumping hit single. The interviews were recorded back in June.

In the UK, the episode can be streamed and downloaded from the BBC iPlayer until 1 October 2017. The Tubthumping segment begins at 23mins 40secs into the programme.

The anniversary of the release has also been covered in online magazine features including: Junkee’s The Secret Anarchist Punk History Of Chumbawamba’s Hit Song Tubthumping (10 August); AV Music’s Chumbawamba on the unlikely, anarchic legacy of Tubthumping 20 years later (11 August); and Stereogum’s Tubthumping Turns 20 (1 September).

Chumbawamba - The One Show - September 2017 - archive

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In a feature in The Guardian‘s music section, published earlier this month (4 November 2016), Steve Von Till of the Oakland metal band Neurosis select tracks from the 1980s British anarcho-punk scene and concludes that: ‘Crass were the mother of all bands’.

Von Till selects Discharge (Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing); Subhumans (From the Cradle to the Grave); Rudimentary Peni (When You Are a Martian Church); Crass (Mother Earth) and Chumbawamba (Stagnation/Liberation).
 
Neurosis - Crass were the mother of all punk bands - The Guardian

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Penny Rimbaud reflects on the experience of his recent heart attack in a recent edition of BBC Radio 4’s Short Cuts (7 November 2016), which is available (in the UK) to stream and download through the BBC iPlayer. Host Josie Long also quotes from the lyrics of her favourite Crass song Big A, Little A.

Rimbaud’s appearance on the show is also available (as a ‘Radio Four in four’ clip) on the BBC Programmes‘ site.

Penny Rimbaud - Short Cuts

Why I found my heart attack a beautiful experience

Penny Rimbaud is a writer, philosopher and musician. He recently had a heart attack at Rochdale train station. He explains how confronting death was profoundly beautiful and liberating.

First broadcast on Short Cuts, 7 November 2016.

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