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‘And He Was Cut Down’
Poetry reading, Music event
Penny Rimbaud and Eve Libertine with Kate Shortt
Thursday, 21 March 2019, 19:00-20:00

Abney Park, 215 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0LH
[Advance tickets] – £15 / £12 concs, includes a complimentary wine.
Entry at the main gates on Stoke Newington High St from 18:15-18:45. Latecomers will not be admitted.

And He Was Cut Down

An exclusive performance in the Abney Park Chapel for World Poetry Day, ‘And He Was Cut Down’, an epic poem by Penny Rimbaud, charts the fate of the risen saviour and those who rose beside him only to be cast away in the retreat from grace. Throughout the poem, Mary Magdalene pleads that there could and should have been a better way. ‘He was the wanderer, but my shadow pinned him down. He was the shaman, I the She. He was powerless against me, ripped and ragged by my force.’ Feminist in its instinct, this is an impassioned plea that human kindness might find its many ways of expression beyond the rebukes of cruel chastity and oblique prophesy. ‘He died yet would not die. She laid but could not lie nor cradle his body through time.’

Performed by Penny Rimbaud and Eve Libertine continuing a creative partnership forged when both were members of Crass. They will be joined on stage by cellist extraordinaire, Kate Shortt, in what promises to be a memorable and thought-provoking evening.

And he was cut down - detail

Conflict - Watford - 13 April 2019

Conflict, Overload, The Blissetts, Dead Mob
The Old Brewery, 7 Station Rd, Watford WD17 1ET
Saturday 13 April 2019
£12.50 advance
[Facebook event]

Conflict are an English anarcho-punk band originally based around Eltham in South London that formed in 1981. They have been described as the world’s most influential anarcho-punk band, along with Crass. They influenced the punk movement with their non-conventional approach to music and philosophy. Fierce, tense, cajoling and militant, the reverberation alone is enough to provoke an emotional response. They can be looked on as a combination of what The Clash and Crass could have been, all over a ferocious punk band. The history of rock music has always been intertwined with that of protest, from Bob Marley to Public Enemy, the Stones to the Pistols, etc. Conflict delivers the sound of timeless rebellion.

Conflict - Liverpool - 16 March 2019

Conflict, Emissaries of Syn
The Tivoli Venue, Brunswick Rd, Buckley, Flintshire CH7 2EF
Saturday 16 March 2019
[Facebook event] | [Tickets]

Conflict - Buckley - 15 March 2019

Conflict, Dawn Ray’d, Bite Back, Falaun
DROP The Dumbulls Gallery, Dublin street, Liverpool L3 7DT
£10.00 on door
Friday 15 March 2019
[Facebook event]

Entry Points: Resonating Punk, Performance, and Art Stevphen Shukaitis, Penny Rimbaud, Dharma, and Awk Wah

Entry Points: Resonating Punk, Performance and Art
Stevphen Shukaitis, Penny Rimbaud, Dharma and Awk Wah
Minor Compositions / Ujikaji Records, 2019.

Art-media project exploring resonances between punk and performance in the UK and Southeast Asia

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, as members of the performance art group EXIT, Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher turned to creating outside of the gallery system and artistic conventions. Taking inspiration from eastern philosophy, particularly Buddhism and Taoism, they searched for ways to push beyond the boundaries of Western art practices and rationalities. This resonates with Redza Piyadasa and Suleiman Esa’s 1974 manifesto and exhibition Towards a Mystical Reality, which likewise sought to find a way out of the limitations of modernist art practices and rationalities. Entry Points takes up Piyadasa’s statement that art does not exist in time but only has entry points. What entry points might we find in the resonances between different attempts to utilize conceptual and performative gestures as a way to escape from the constraints one is faced with, aesthetically and politically?

Contains an essay by Stevphen Shukaitis, a dialogue between Shukaitis and Penny Rimbaud, and a recording of an improvised performance by Dharma and Awk Wah responding to footage of the Stop the City Protests.

Stevphen Shukaitis is a cultural theorist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex. Penny Rimbaud, is a writer, poet, philosopher, painter, musician and activist. He was a member of the performance art groups EXIT co-founded the seminal anarchist punk band Crass. Dharma was the guitarist of The Observatory for the first 7 albums. In 2013, he released his solo debut, Intergranular Space. Awk Wah is the solo project of Shark Fung, a prolific Mandopop songwriter in his youth who later spent time playing drums in band like Engineered Beautiful Blood, Amino Acid Orchestra and I\D. 52 pages, Risograph printed artist book with CD Edition of 200

The text is freely available to read online on the Scribd platform, while the book and CD can be purchased from Minor Compositions.

 

Headsticks - Interrobang? - Slice of Life - Eastfield - Nottingham - 20 April 2019

SLICE OF LIFE, INTERROBANG? AND Headsticks share rotating ‘top billing’ over three dates this April, with gigs in Leeds (18 April), Newcastle-under-Lyme (19 April) and Nottingham (20 April) in a mini-tour organised by Both Eyes Open.

Ticket for all three shows can be bought in advance online from Gigantic.com. Anyone purchasing tickets to all three days will be given a limited edition gift upon presentation of all three ticket stubs at The Maze gig in Nottingham.

Interrobang / Slice of Life / Headsticks
18 April 2019

Brudenell Social Club
Leeds LS6 1NY

Slice of Life / Headsticks / Interrobang?
19 April 2019
The Rigger
Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 1BT

Headsticks / Interrobang? / Slice of Life / Jessie from Eastfield
20 April 2019
The Maze
Nottingham NG1 3FT

 Slice of Life - Headsticks - Interrobang? - Newcastle Under Lyme - 19 April 2019

 Slice of Life - - Interrobang? - Slice of Life - Headsticks - Leeds - 18 April 2019

Slice of Life - Interrobang - Headsticks

A-Heads - Ash to the Soil album - Mad Butcher Records

THE A-HEADS album Ash to the Soil secures a limited edition vinyl re-release later this month, courtesy of the German Mad Butcher Records label.

The twelve-track album was originally a DIY vinyl and CD release and was first issued in 2009. A total of 250 copies of the album will be re-pressed by Mad Butcher Records.

A-Heads
Ash to the Soil
2009
http://commerce.madbutcher.de/

No One's Little Girl - Grow Your Own Records

RELEASED TODAY (8 MARCH 2019) TO mark International Women’s Day, No One’s Little Girls is a compilation offering “an eclectic mix of 16 songs from hardcore punk to melodic poppy punk and acoustic tracks by female-fronted and/or female musicians.”

Release by Grow Your Own Records and available in digital download, CD and vinyl formats, No One’s Little Girls features tracks by Hagar the Womb, Bratakus, Dogshite, Louise Challice, The Menstrual Cramps and many others.

No One’s Little Girls

A compilation to celebrate the explosion of talented women in bands for International Women’s Day 2019, with all profits going to grassroots women’s charities. Contains an eclectic mix of 16 songs from hardcore punk to melodic poppy punk and acoustic tracks by female-fronted and/or female musicians.

BENEFIT COMPILATION FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY VARIOUS ARTISTS ALL PROFITS AFTER COST WILL GO TO VARIOUS GRASSROOTS ORGANISATIONS

Released March 8, 2019

KISS ME KILLER/THE MENSTRUAL CRAMPS/HAGAR THE WOMB/THE BLACK DEATH/WERECATS/CALICO/BRATAKUS/ALEX FRANCIS/DOGSHITE/COMBAT SHOCK/SHITSICK/MINDFRAME/LOUISE CHALLICE/THE FLEAS/PUNK CON FUSION/PUSSY LIQUOR

Crass - Uncut magazine - 2019
 
THE MARCH 2019 issue of Uncut magazine includes a new feature on Crass in which the “DIY punk politicos tell their amazing story”.

An online promotional preview for the issue includes the commentary:

Not many bands are involved in front page exposés over episodes of international espionage, but not many bands were like Crass. The band were the product of a unique confluence of people, place and time, punks who lived like hippies and wrote aggressive songs about politics. They recorded five albums between 1978 and 1983 as well as a related body of films, publications and artworks and at times were less a band than “an information bureau”, says Steve Ignorant. “Everything serious or heavy that went on, we felt we had to be saying something about it.”

Crass - Uncut - March 2019

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