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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.
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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.

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Nomeansno classic reissued on vinyl

Originally released in 1998 on double LP and CD by Alternative Tentacles, Dance Of The Headless Bourgeoisie was reissued on CD on the band’s own Wrong Records in 2004, but it’s taken them a while to get around to a vinyl reissue. Now Nomeansno fans the world over finally have the chance to enjoy the album in its full gatefold glory.

  • Double 180 gram black vinyl
  • Gatefold sleeve with lyrics
  • Code for free MP3 download

The tenth album from Nomeansno was, and still is, a groundbreaking exploration of social and political lyrical statements and post-punk musical workouts.  Back in the day, confused people liked to call this “jazz-punk” or “jazzcore” because it involved more than three chords and shock! horror! time changes! and OMG! slow parts!

Scientific proof that NoMeansNo has indeed transformed from a tight, aggressive, smart, political punk band into a dull, meandering punk version of Rush.” – A.V. Club review 

Nomeansno finally has some decent production that puts all their instruments in the right place without sacrificing their power. The first four tracks charge out of the gate with the steam of a locomotive…” - Satan Stole My Teddybear review

“The proclamation “I’m an Asshole” and the graphic-as-true-crime violently extortionate title track lend credence to theory that Nomeansno is out to offend this time.” – Allmusic review

“Dance of the Headless Bourgeoisie is for the most part an unquestionable jazzcore masterpiece: inaccessible, uncompromising and very draining, but also incredibly tight, smart, funny, intense and repeatedly mind-blowing.” – Guy Peters Record Reviews Site review

“Well you know what they say. The world wasn’t built in a day.” – Nomeansno

Dance Of The Headless Bourgeoisie is available to order now from the Southern web shop.

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Eve Libertine creates chamber opera Room Of Worlds

RoW-eflyer-imageEve Libertine of Crass has written the lyrics for and is co-director of an exciting new chamber opera due to debut at London’s The Horse Hospital in May. Room of Worlds is a new chamber opera for live voices, electronics and video. The opera charts the physical and psychological journey of a woman in a patriarchal landscape of domesticity, love and loneliness, through medicine and memory to the edge of madness. Exploring the notion of the video surface as consciousness and with a score derived from William Morris designs the performance will be a singularly immersive experience. Room of Worlds is based loosely on The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and is the result of the ongoing collaboration between electronic artist Charles Webber (composer/video) and experimental vocalist and ex-Crass chanteuse Eve Libertine (libretto).

  • The Horse Hospital, The Colonnade, London WC1N 1JD
  • Premier Performances at 7.30pm on 9th – 10th May 2014.
  • Tickets : £6 advance / £7.50 door
  • Tube : Russell Square (Piccadilly Line) / Buses : 7 – 59 – 68 – 91 – 168 – 188
  • www.thehorsehospital.com/now/room-of-worlds/

Produced by operaNCV and funded by the Arts Council England Lottery Funding, with support from The Horse Hospital, Femme Brutal (Oslo) and DACS Audio.