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’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
KSL: Prison Memoirs is a classic,… Continue reading
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.
Local stalls confirmed from 15 different groups including… Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
This intriguing and ultimately satisfying concert opened with two improvisations featuring Yoni Silver on bass clarinet and Steve Noble on percussion, the first of which was poised, stuttering on the threshold of silence, a long chain of details and staccato environments, puckering keys and playful encounters, including… Continue reading