Category Archives: Crass

The last Last Amendment

The last ever show of Penny Rimbaud’s Last Amendment will take place in London at the Vortex Jazz Club on Wednesday 4th December.

Tiring, as he does, of any form of permanence, Penny is renaming his operations.

‘L’ACADÉMIE DES VANITÉS’ as, if nothing else, a reflection of his heart – ‘the poetry of jazz and the jazz of poetry’.  The band’s stellar line up will remain - Penny Rimbaud/voice, Eve Libertine/voice, Louise Elliot/sax & flute, Kate Shortt/cello, Jennifer Maidman/guitars, with visual additions by Mick Duffield and Gee Vaucher plus occasional guest artists.

Of their recent show in Paris, Delphine Delaby wrote – ‘a special atmosphere that combines tension and power with serenity. The words and music blend to perfection. One of the best concerts I’ve ever seen at the Cite de la Musique’.

Penny and the band will be taking a quarterly residency at the Vortex in the coming year.

Vortex 11 Gillet Square. London (Dalston Kingsland Station)  www.vortexjazz.co.uk

While we’re on the subject, here is an excellent full length performance by Penny and cohorts earlier this year in Japan.

Thanks.

Southern at Supersonic

Those of you who know us will know that we have long been supporters of Britain’s best music festival by far – Supersonic!  Held annually in England’s own Rock City – Birmingham – the festival is curated by the enormous brains and generous hearts of the ladies from Capsule (who also promoterregular gigs in Birmingham venues).  And this year we will be there again, and we’ll be running a stall in the marketplace with a full array of our recent releases and back catalogue.   Continue reading

Someday All The Adults Will Die

Someday All The Adults Will Die: Punk Graphics 1971-1984, curated by Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage, provides a comprehensive overview of punk graphic design, highlighting imagery before, during and after the punk years, drawing upon previously unseen public and private archives and collections.

Punk and post-punk graphic design is illuminated by examples of homemade cassettes, fanzines, posters, handbills, records and clothing.

Highlights include original artworks by Gee Vaucher, Jamie Reid, Gary Panter, John Holmstrom and Penny Rimbaud alongside numerous anonymous artists.

The exhibition coincides with the publication of Punk: An Aesthetic by Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage, published by Rizzoli.

September 13 – November 4, 2012
Hayward Gallery, London

Christ, The Reissue

It’s a delight and simultaneous feeling of liberation to finally announce the release of Crass’ Christ, The Album LP reissue, which is now available for pre-order on the Southern web shop.

Released in 1982 with unplanned irony as the Falklands War raged on, Christ, The Album, another double vinyl half-studio/half-live release, once again aimed to take no prisoners. It’s controversial and boundary pushing style has been at the crux of critic and fan discussions for the years that followed, but admittedly received unquestionable respect and admiration. Harry Sword phrases it best: “Christ, The Album is too good for the TV punk documentaries, that’s why it’s still relevant and dangerous now.” Read his thoughts as the album marks it’s 30th year in the sonic ether.

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“By 1981 Crass had been in existence for four tempestuous years. In that time we’d encouraged punk to grow from being no more than just another ‘great rock’n’roll swindle’ into a genuine movement for change. Anarchy had been rescued from the dusty libraries of academia and the equally dusty dreams of barstool bullshitters to become the catchword for a whole new generation of streetwise activists.” – Penny Rimbaud

Cut to new lacquers at Abbey Road studios from the untouched original analogue vinyl master, this double LP comes with the original book (“A Series Of Shock Slogans And Mindless Token Tantrums”), original poster and the addition of a download card giving you free access to an mp3 download of the album. All of the original tracks remain intact, including recording of their 1981 summer gig at the 100 Club in London, as well as other studio tracks, demos, radio broadcasts and cassette recordings, leaving no Crass gem unturned.

Available to pre-order from the Southern web shop now.