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Brandon Spivey just recommended this book so it must be good – on growing up as a working class boy.

also whilst we’re on books this book on sound systems and politics looks good.

And here’s an event that will be, should be, filled with younger muso-journalists.

on Thursday, 20 July 2017 from 19:00 to 21:00 BCA Brixton

Aspirations for “unity from the roots movement in order to respond to the politics of social exclusion led by government institutions.”



The Smears were a South London band in 1979 with Mike Dignam, on drums and Rob Gell on vocals…. One of their early performances has just been unearthed.   The Smears on YouTube

I notice that The Smears name has now been taken on by a girl grunge band.

Bikini Kill by Jessica Gordon-Wrench from Stool Pigeon Issue 40 p.60

“Formed in Olympia, Washington in 1990 by vocalist Kathleen Hanna, drummer Tobi Vail, guitarist Billy Karren and bassist Kathi Wilcox, they spent the next seven years fostering a feminist community via the punk scene. ”

“Vail draws parallels between punk rock and folk: “My punk aesthetic is pretty much a folk aesthetic. I like singers who can sing and musicians who excel at their instruments, but I also like the sound of people’s voices who are not ‘singers’ and don’t believe that great musicians are the only good songwriters.”

“Despite their informed and highly politicised stance, both refute the idea that Bikini Kill were strictly activists. “I didn’t identify as an activist or an artist during Bikini Kill,” says Vail. “I thought of myself as a punk rock feminist that was creating counter-hegemonic culture. The band pretty much was our contribution to society… I wouldn’t call that activism, I would call that culture — a culture of resistance. I would call Riot Grrrl cultural activism.”

Vail: “Feminism is not dead. People have been saying it’s dead since the eighties. Maybe they want it to die. But saying that something is dead doesn’t kill it.”

Read the whole interview here:

Months ago I got a letter and CD ‘Will We Always Be Blind Idiots?’ by US group ‘Christ!’ from Stair in Norwich. S/he runs the wonderful website STIMULANTS . What I like about this website is the way you can see the radical media for sale in a wild range of categories. Stair has spent hours tagging all the materials which represent a certain, often hard to find, anarcho-punk culture with plenty of incursions into mainstream material like Ricky Gervais DVDs. Makes for refreshing browwwwZing. Like gliding slowly like an owl over a twilight media landscape. Then if you fancy something you can actually get to purchase it.

Hours of surfing later…agit disco CD choice =  Anarcho-Punk Compilations Vol. 1 Anti-War, Vol 2 Anti State, Vol 3 Anti-Society, Vol 4 Anti-Capitalism. Only £8 each post free!

UpDate 2018: Has anyone heard of Stair and hir website ‘Stimulants’ ? It seems to have disappeared from the interweb.


Reddington, Helen. The Lost Women of Rock: female musicians of the punk era. Ashgate 2007
“Before this time, women’s presence in rock bands, with a few notable exceptions, had always been as vocalists. This sudden influx of female musicians into the male domain of rock music was brought about partly by the enabling ethic of punk rock”
Stuff on Polystyrene (who used to turn up at the Oval Workshops in the mid-Seventies when I was squatting in St Agnes Place), The Slits (of course – hardly forgotten!), The Rain coats, Gaye Black, Rubella Ballet,

Worth remembering this book was published and to look out for the remainder copies… It doesn’t seem to have come out in paperback! And the hardback is £55! C’mon Ashgate isn’t it about time to bring out an affordable paperback edition.
This is commonly one of the ways that radical book information has been kept from the ‘masses’ – (so it might be quite a good book…!)


Here’s something a bit cheaper but looks like its our of print…

“Bondage Up Yours” Experiences of female Punks in the Nineteen Nineties, by M.Liptrot. Pamphlet. 2005

The result of a degree study by Michele a female punk from the North of England. This is an interesting collection of comments, interviews and history of womens participation in punk. (found on