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Allison teamed up with John Loder as the very first Southern employee back in 1985 when they had the idea of starting up a record distribution company. Prior to that she published a fanzine (Savage Pink), played in bands, promoted shows, ran a venue (for about a week before the mayor shut it down), worked at a record distributor, and generally fought the punk wars. Now she is the owner & chief pot washer of Southern.

Penny Rimbaud on Stonehenge Free Festival

Penny Rimbaud discusses Stonehenge Free Festival in a recent interview with ChampionUpNorth.

Crass went down there intending to play in 1980 but it turned into a bloodbath. The Hell’s Angels decided they didn’t like the look of the punks so it just turned into a stupid night of violence. We just spent all night trying to save people and get them off the site. It was just bloody really unpleasant.

The full interview can be found HERE.

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Gee Vaucher screening of “Angel” with Q&A in NYC 29 May

Gee Vaucher’s film, ‘Angel’, is not so much a movie as a study of stillness wherein the standard exaggerated dramas and sound-bite trickeries of Hollywood are replaced with a profound introversion: a meditation. For some forty-five minutes we are asked to consider a young girl staring back at us, the camera. Sometimes she appears amused, sometimes accusatory, sometimes removed, sometimes present, but because we are given few clues as to her real condition, so those reflections are almost certainly expressions more of our psychologies than hers. In this sense she acts as an angel within, offering us an opportunity to consider our own deeper selves and, for once, to escape the more often than not cynical and manipulative contrivances of the entertainment industry. 

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In the truest sense, Gee Vaucher is a rebel artist with a cause. Having been born into the greyness of post-war Britain, she sought from the start to find and fly her own colours both for and against her working class roots (which in those days did not easily accommodate artistic aspirations). Through a mixture of rugged self-determination and a natural gift for line, form and colour, she was able to assert herself as an artist. Following this path, she gained a place at art school and then went on to subvert her enormous commercial potential (notably as a much in demand illustrator in 70s NYC) into what became widely accepted as being seminal to the protest art of the 1980s. However, her history with the anarchist band Crass during that period has been well documented elsewhere, and tells only one part of the story.

By seeing her art as essentially a tool for social change, Gee Vaucher has ducked and weaved her way through whatever medium might best express whatever it is that she seeks to say. Within paintings, drawings, collages, prints, films, happenings, sculptures, and soundscapes, her singular demand for human rights, dignity and fairness is always manifest. Expecting (and more often than not demanding) no returns, she has remained a resolute outsider, free to express herself as she desires, and completely divorced from any commercial consideration. In the laissez faire world of postmodernist pretensions her bohemianism is as laudable as her work is illuminating. Those who cannot see the light are those who are not looking for it.

Thursday 29th May at 7:30pm
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
620 Greenwich Street NYC

HowTheLightGetsIn

Penny Rimbaud of Crass at HowTheLightGetsIn festival in Hay

Penny Rimbaud will be taking part in HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest philosophy and music festival, in Hay from 22nd May – 1st June 2014. Bringing together world-leading scientists, musicians, philosophers and politicians including Roger Penrose, Bernard-Henri Levy, Laurie Penny, Charlotte Church, George Galloway, David Nutt, Katie Derham, Molotov Jukebox, Owen Jones, and Mr. Scruff for debates, talks, and wild parties, uncovers the  uncovering the new heresies that might become the truths of the future. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey described the festival as a ‘world-leading’ forum of ideas, the Guardian says it is leading Britain back to ‘big thinking’, and the New Scientist hails it as ‘a storming success’.

Penny’s Events:

31st May – The Call of Silence

From Cicero to Clinton, Shakespeare to Twitter, eloquence is power. But for some philosophers silence rather than speech is the means to approach the deepest puzzles. Might silence be the route to understanding and a better world? Or is this the reserve of saints, fools and madmen? Laurie Taylor goes in search of silence with author and former priest Mark Vernon, poet, musician and Crass founder Penny Rimbaud and philosopher of language Emma Borg. Laurie Taylor hosts.

31st May – Blowing in the Wind
From Miley Cyrus to Pussy Riot, musicians promote themselves as heretics. Yet for all the taboo-smashing, outrageous misbehaviour and radical political advocacy, famous musicians live lifestyles of wealth and privilege. Is popular music a hypocritical and conservative force? Or does rock’n’roll have the power to change the world? Filmmaker Julien Temple, Jesus and The Mary Chain’s John Moore, Times columnist Tanya Gold, and founder of legendary punk outfit Crass Penny Rimbaud debate the radicalness of pop. Caspar Melville hosts.

More information and tickets from  Howthlightgetsin web site.

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Death Church

“RUDIMENTARY PENI are a band so fucking good that no one will ever understand them; I doubt they understand themselves.” – Steve Albini, 1993

We can almost hear you mumble “about bloody time too!”.  Yes, it’s taken a while.  These Rudimentary Peni reissues have to be perfect you know, so sometimes we have to take our time. This one involved going back to the cutting room many times over to get the sound of the vinyl exactly right.  We don’t want to mess about, we want top quality.

Death Church was recorded in two days at our very own Southern Studios in April of 1983. It was the band’s first long-player, following on the heels of their self-titled EP in 1981 and the Farce single on Crass Records in 1982. Arguably the most beloved album album of the band’s many fans, Death Church wore its contents on its sleeve, quite literally. The intricate line drawings of vocalist/guitarist Nick Blinko are dark visions of madness, religion and death…all of which are to be found in the lyrics within. Musically, Death Church has been embraced and claimed by every fringe musical niche of its time… it’s the album that brought together the death rockers, anarcho-punks, peace punks, hardcore punks, proto-metallers and art rockers.

Our vinyl reissue includes a faithful reproduction of the iconic fold-out poster sleeve from the original issue.  Also included is the original insert (okay we changed a couple of minor things – see if you can spot them) and a card with a code entitling the purchaser to a free MP3 download.  The LP is pressed on 180gm black wax. The CD version is in a gatefold wallet and includes a lyric insert.

We also have a t-shirt available which features the cover art on the front and the band logo on the back. 

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Death Church T-Shirt in Black, of course.

Death Church is available to pre-order from the Southern web shop now.