Arts and Culture

Why beer is in a bad State

In this special feature written for the Organise Issue 88, a member of the Anarchist Federation looks into the historic consequences of State intervention in beer, from frothing masses to watered-down ideas. 

Throughout history the ruling class have placed restrictions, controls and taxes on alcoholic beverages and their consumption. As with all things, this has not happened without resistance but to this day the twin evils of capitalism… Continue reading

Anti-Fascist Sports, Autonomen, and PhDs: An Interview with Gabriel Kuhn

Gabriel Kuhn has been writing political books from the late ’90s on topics ranging from women pirates to football and the State. In this interview Freedom reviewer Luther Blisset talks to him about the Autonomen, workers’ councils and the history of anti-fascism in sport.

LB: You graduated with a PhD at a young age, at least for the US. Did you know that you wanted to do philosophy for… Continue reading

Derry Anarchist Bookfair: ‘Brilliant success’

Derry’s first ever Radical Bookfair was held in over the Bloody Sunday week of events on Saturday 28th January 2017 in Pilots Row Community Centre.  Organisers report that several hundred people passed through the doors of the Rossville Street venue to explore what the days events had to offer, as well as to rummage through the different book stalls to catch a bargain or two. A spokesperson… Continue reading

Book interview: Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist

An annotated edition of Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist has just been published by AK Press. Jessica Moran and Barry Pateman who edited it are both part of the Kate Sharpley Library team, so KSL took the chance to ask them a few questions. This interview and many other articles appear in Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 89:

KSL: Prison Memoirs is a classic,… Continue reading

Your guide to 2017 anarchist bookfairs in the British Isles

Every year the anarchist movement has its biggest get-together at the London Anarchist Bookfair at the end of October. But there’s a lot of similar events going on between now and then, and we’ve done a roundup below so you’re never short of a book or two.

April 29th: Cambridge Radical Bookfair Venue: Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, CB4 3BA 1pm-5pm

Stalls from the likes of East… Continue reading

Sexism, Punk and Drone Warfare: Interview with In the Evil Hour

photo credit: Helen Templeton

A few weeks ago a friend of mine posted ‘Predators’ by North East punk band In Evil Hour; an intelligent, ferocious critique of Drone warfare which reminds me a little of Rise Against. Trying to find out more about them I came across their Facebook Bio where they self describe as ‘a breakneck assault of melodic punk rock and searing 90’s bay-area hardcore’. Their songs expressing… Continue reading

Walks For Motorists – An Interview with WHITE HILLS

WHITE HILLS – photo by Chris Carlone

I’m sure you have noticed that in late capitalism much of mainstream culture, including music, is the tarted up results of market forces and the commodification of all things, it cannot help but be bereft of meaning and over arching purpose, it has nothing much to say and no idea where it is going; it operates as a social anaesthetic. In contrast White… Continue reading

Interview with The Restarts

Our Music editor Tim Forster brings us another great interview, this time with left-wing punk band The Restarts!

Photo by Joschi Herczeg

Where would you place The Restarts politically? You started in the mid 1990s, has your politics changed over time?
Restarts have always sat firmly left of centre, anti racist, non nationalist and pro equality. Basically anything that is pro human rights and against bigotry. We have had several… Continue reading

From Tomorrow and Beyond: An Interview with The Oscillation

Credit: Elodie Cretin

Investigating the various bands at this year’s Camden Crawl I came across ”The Oscillation’ a band who have had various incarnations and at present consists of Tom Relleen, Valentina Magaletti and founder member Demian Castellanos.  After listening to a couple of tracks I visited their website which  comments, ‘The Oscillation’s third album “From Tomorrow” is an attempt to find some kind of new mental and spiritual zones, away from the psychological effects of the modern urban landscape, and the curious emptiness of the digital social world that we are forced to inhabit. The introversion of these bleak and unsettling conditions are reflected back as music with all the ambiguous emotions of hope, despair, aggression, indolence and narcoleptic bliss’ (4). Intrigued I contacted Demian who was kind enough to agree to an interview.

 

Q. Picasso wrote about art washing away the dust of everyday life from the soul (1). Is that something you would aim for with your music, that it would wake people up? Continue reading

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Gig review: Billy Bragg @ The Hammersmith Apollo 1/05/2014

Billy Bragg’s continued success starkly shows that the British Isles is home to a people who are engaged, inclusive and who care very deeply about their communities and their country.

It is May Day. All day marches and demonstration have taken place in the UK in the grand tradition of British dissent and struggle. In the previous 48 hours, London has been held at a standstill by striking tube workers demanding that people’s jobs not be replaced by machines at ticket offices.

Even after Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, and facing a surge in fascistic and xenophobic politics in the shape of UKIP’s momentum-gathering European election campaign, it is clear British people are not satisfied with profit and wealth as the chief values that guide their society. Something is stirring, and it reaches into the nation’s past as much as it reaches into the unstable future.

Comedian Phil Jupitus introduced Billy Bragg, testament to the singer’s growing habit of sending himself up and not taking his own polemical image too seriously. “I am known for being an artist of the struggle,” Bragg later says, “but there is another struggle as important as the political one, and that is the struggle to maintain relationships with the ones closest to you.” Continue reading

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