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Georgia’s rave revolution.

In May this year, riot police raided the country’s most popular nightclubs prompting thousands of young Georgians to rave in the streets in protest.

But the events also revealed an undercurrent – a clash between liberal youth and conservative far-right groups.

In depth contributions to local musics to be welcomed! Autumn of Love great book!


For much of the 1960s, students at the College of Technology (Polytechnic from 1969) and Art College pretty much ‘did their own thing’, separate from us kids from the city, but from late 1967 there was a variety of ‘experimental’ projects, that some of us enjoyed (and that I’ve written about in the new book) the most visible of which was the Dance of Words in May 1968.

I guess it’s Sod’s Law – but also very interesting – that just a week after the launch of Autumn of Love, Mick was contacted by Jeremy Ensor one of the two students who ran the Dance of Words and the Arts Workshop, to correct a couple of things I’ve written in the past and to offer more information.

I’ve also been in touch with Stefan who was involved in the Arts Workshop and I plan to publish updated accounts with…

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From Smash Hits, 11 December, 1980


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Finally winning a Brit award for her last album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ that was supercharged by Pharrell Williams and Plan B contributions. A working class hero is something (not easy) to be – Paloma has apparently hired fluffy Owen Jones to be her support act, or is it well-educated mouthpiece, in London and Brighton gigs. Jones is perhaps hoping for a return of ‘Rock Against Racism’ to turn back the tide of Ukip buffoonery . Let’s hope the suffocating world of suck-cess doesn’t shut Paloma up.


“My mum gets upset when I say I’m working class. She goes, ‘I worked bloody hard for you not to be working class! At least say you’re lower middle class!’ But if I’m looking at what has been praised in recent years there do seem to be a lot of white middle-class boys who, in my view, have it easiest in the entire world… They’re very well represented in the music industry at the moment.” from an interview with Adrian Deevoy in the Mail 14-2-15 She has said she can’t write political songs, but as we showed with Agit Disco there are ‘shed loads’ of political songs out there she could do or team up with the singer-songwriter of… So come on Paloma but your mouth where your money is. At the same time MasterCard is cashing in on her in the Brits and Paloma is an ‘ambassador’ for the Prince’s Trust who helped her out when she was younger – so success suckers you in sly sorts of ways.

Owen Jones later considers his experience in a Guardian Article

Photo by Deirdre McGale

Photo by Deirdre McGale

Nature Study Notes is a collection of 152 written instructions or ‘scores’ that was published as a booklet by Cornelius Cardew at the beginning of the Scratch Orchestra in 1969. The scores are called ‘rites’ and were used in many of the early Scratch Orchestra concerts. This was a music improvisation and visual performance event an hour and a half long. See photo documentation like below:

Performed by an ensemble of original Scratch Orchestra members and new performers: Jane Alden, George Chambers, Linn D, Carole Finer, John Hails, Bryn Harris, Les Hutchins, Petri Huurinainen, Eve Libertine, Robbie Lockwood, Geraldine McEwan, Christian Sancto, Matt Scott, Hugh Shrapnel, Howard Slater, Stefan Szczelkun, Emmanuelle Waeckerle & Ali Warner.

A radio programme by Carol Finer made before the event:

Photo documentation of the event at Cafe Oto:

“Our improvising, it seems to me, is a matter of entering into relation in the widest possible way: relation with our unconscious, a relation with our materials and expression, a relation with the medium of expression, a relation with imagination, a relation with the recipient of our attempted communications etc. The wider the scope of potential relation then the more possibilities there are to both come across ways in which our activity and expression is determined (by the hidden social messages in language, by the technique of virtuosity, by the closure of product) and to modify and change this determination; to maintain that the social is never fully determined, and its potential for freedom is never closed but persists as the outcome of experimentalism.” – Howard Slater.

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How isolated are the suburbs when one of you neighbours hits the big time without you having known about them? He has some superb agit disco style tracks too! Listen to ‘Storm Trooper’!

Thornton Heath

Thornton Heath rapper Stormzy third in big 2015 poll

From the Croydon Advertiser  |  Posted: January 07, 2015


“A STORMZ A’ BREWIN’: Thornton Heath rapper Stormzy is tipped to make it big by the BBC this year. A GRIME artist from Croydon looks set to take the country by storm after coming third in BBC’s Sound of 2015 poll.  Stormzy, 21, from Thornton Heath, appeared on the Radio One breakfast show this morning to hear the news from Huw Stephens.  He is the only unsigned artist from the longlist of 15 and will have his track Know Me From played throughout the day.  Stormzy will appear again on Zane Lowe’s show on Radio One from 7pm tonight.”


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The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 920 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 15 trips to carry that many people.

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Revolt of the Ravers: The Movement Against the Criminal Justice Act, 1994

MayDay Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH

Sunday, October 19. 12.00-11.00pm

Archive activation, presentation and discussion. (open)


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Defend community festivals against cost of pollicing!!

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This is one of the ways that the state closes down gatherings of we the multitude… along with demands for public liability insurance etc. This is the Bairite style of class cultural disempowerment. Attack the sites where culture changes most quickly and dynamically.

All I can find out about this song so far is that ‘Paul Weller is in political mood’ and he really feels strongly about it and has been dying for its release since last year.
Anyone know the lyrics? He apparently played it at his recent O2 gig along with AgitDisco, and David Cameron’s, favorite Eton Rifles.