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A recent trip to Belfast has reminded me of this fantastic short(ish) film about Belfast’s legendary A Centre, produced by Dave Hyndman, which deserves the widest circulation and audience possible.
 

The A Centre or the Lost Tribe of Long Lane

November 1981: the A Centre was established as an alternative cultural space in Belfast city centre and ran on Saturday afternoons. Organised by the Belfast Anarchist Collective the centre soon became a magnet for young people and punks in particular. On loan from Belfast’s gay community, the Carpenter Club in Long Lane was transformed into a den of delight and subversion by exhibitions of numerous agitprop posters of the day. This was an experiment in mixed media: banned or controversial films, new wave music and punk bands, performance poets and artists, alternative books and comics, and a wholefood cafe being the weekly staple diet. The ever watchful RUC were continually perplexed at such a mixed gathering. This film is a record of just one of those Saturdays. Music featured from many of those bands who played at the Centre includes Stalag 17, The Defects, Xdreamists, Rudi, Spider, Rufrex, Dogmatic Element, The Outcasts, Just Destiny, Ten Past Seven.

Film produced by Dave Hyndman

You can find out more about punk in Northern Ireland from Spit Records including the publication on the definitive guide to Punk in Northern Ireland. Browse through over 100 photos from the A Centre on the Spit Records A Centre page.

The Cravats - Dustbin of Sound LP
 

The Cravats – Dustbin of Sound

The new thirteen-song album from The Cravats is released on Overground Records (in CD and vinyl formats) on 29 September 2017 (34 years to the day since the first Stop the City demonstration, don’t you know…). More details to follow, as the release date approaches.

In anticipation, check out the official video for the band’s most recent single release Blurred:
 

 

The Cravats - Dustbin of Sound - launch party

 
The Cravats
Interrobang!?
The Astronauts

Saturday 21 October 2017 | 19:30
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JB
Tickets

After 35 years The Cravats return with a brand new LP, Dustbin of Sound on Overground Records.

As always featuring co-founder, The Shend and sax-riddling behemoth, Svor Naan, the band have finally recorded 13 new tracks of dada-fuelled, bass-laden oddness and will be performing a pile of it at this special launch do along with a spattering of hits from the past.

With Rampton Garstang on drums, Viscount Biscuits on guitar and Joe 91 on bass you can unexpect the expected.

New York singer-songwriter Jeffrey Lewis, who released the 12 Crass Covers CD on Rough Trade records back in 2007, interviews Steve Ignorant for Clash magazine ahead of Ignorant’s appearance with Paranoid Visions at the 2017 Rebellion punk festival, singing songs selected from right across his 1977-2017 repertoire.
 
Steve Ignorant - Clash magazine
 
Robin Murray. 2017. Personality clash: Jeffrey Lewis vs. Steve Ignorant. Clash, 3 August. http://clashmusic.com/features/personality-clash-jeffrey-lewis-vs-steve-ignorant
 

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:

The challenging / provocative / controversial / suspect / distasteful / unconscionable (* choose your adjective) Cold Spring Record label are to release Kernschmelze II – ‘Cantata for Improvised Voice’, a new work featuring words and lyrics by Penny Rimbaud, vocals by Eve Libertine and artwork by Gee Vaucher. The musical soundtrack for the piece is composed of recorded voices processed by Charles Webber “to almost choral proportions”.
 

Penny Rimbaud’s Kernschmelze II – ‘Cantata for Improvised Voice’
 

Penny Rimbaud’s Kernschmelze II – ‘Cantata for Improvised Voice’

Kernschmelze: ‘the dying gasps of the Age of Enlightenment’. Kernschmelze II is a cantata for voices, in this case the voice of Crass songstress Eve Libertine, processed by Charles Webber to almost choral proportions. Working on Kernschmelze II alongside Eve Libertine, Penny Rimbaud has been able to produce a classic album on a par with their Acts of Love of 1984 (Crass Records). Libertine’s sparse, vulnerable poetics counter the almost Wagnerian scale of the work, challenging preconceptions of what music should be and making strong suggestions as to what it might yet become. Extreme electronics sourced solely from vocal sounds to create noise music of an intense and highly demanding nature. Ecopak with artwork by Gee Vaucher

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Women in Punk - poster - Punk It Up!

Women in Punk

Punk It Up!
Saturday 12 August 2017, 18:00-23:00
The National Videogame Arcade
24-32 Carlton Street
Nottingham
NG1 1NN

Facebook event | Eventbrite event

For the 4th event of the Punk It Up! festival, I am excited to be hosting a fab group of women who made their own inimitable mark on the UK punk scene. This is going to be brilliant!

Running Order for the event:

1. Screening of She’s a Punk Rocker

2. Q&A with director Zillah Minx of Rubella Ballet.

3. Celeste Bell, Poly Styrene’s daughter and musician/vocalist with Tabloid Girls

4. Gaye Black, The Adverts/artist

Ruth Elias, from Hagar the Womb, will facilite the conversations. DJs Coop and Gary from The Xrays and Sonia and Dean – Uncensored! You do not want to miss this!.

PLEASE NOTE: due to change of venue, with smaller capacity, you must book a ticket for this event. Please donate if you can, or book a free ticket.

UPDATE 26 July 2017: All tickets for this event have now SOLD OUT. To join the waiting list for any cancelled or returned tickets, see the Punk It Up! Facebook page.

Women in Punk - Punk It Up!

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References
Steve Ignorant (with Matthew Worley)
Dimlo Productions: 2017.

 
Available direct from the Dimlo Etsy online shop.
 

If you ever wanted to know how / why or what inspired Steve to write his lyrics than this is the book for you.

In conversation with Matthew Worley (‘old’ punk, professor and author himself) Steve is talking about his lyrics and stories around them.

The book contains Steve’s lyrics and also features original lyrics, photographs and images from personal collection.

With a foreword from The Shend of the Cravats and blurb by Jason Williamson from Sleaford Mods. If you want to read every single word or just flick through this is a great book.

Self published under the name Dimlo Productions, 160 pages, landscape ‘soft’ cover 230mm x 155mm x 15mm book.

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