Category Archives: Crass

Penny Rimbaud joins the New Banalists Orchestra

Announcing a new track by Penny Rimbaud:
‘Mammon’ taken from The New Banalists Orchestra The Politics of Envy.

From the band’s website:

We the new banalists, have formed an orchestra to proclaim our manifesto.


The New Banalists Orchestra is


Digital Download Album £4.99 available from 25th July. (pre-order now for delivery on the 25th)

Purchasers of the new edition of The Idler – No.44 ‘Mind Your Business’ (also includes Penny Rimbaud’s latest essay, “Birth of a Notion – A Thousand And One Ways To Forget Yourself”) can download the album for free.

Six truly amazing tracks featuring:

1. Penny Rimbaud: Mammon
2. Mark Stewart: Politics of Envy
3. Zodiac Youth: Reality is a Construct
4. David Tibet: Conspiracy Born
5. John Sinclair: Testify
6. Youth: Seattle
with contributions from Eve Libertine (ex-Crass), Keith Levine (PiL) and Howard Marks (‘Mr Nice’).  Music by Youth & Michael Rendall. Penny also guests on the title track featuring Mark Stewart.


Gee Vaucher featured in Santa Monica exhibition Evolution/Revolution

Evolution/Revolution: The Interconnectedness of All Beings is a collaborative art exhibition and forum presented by Buddha Cat Press, ten renowned visual artists, Santa Monica Art Studios and SoCiArts Productions. The team has come together to produce a socially conscious exhibition and conference focusing on animal welfare and the environment.

The exhibition is curated by Karen Fiorito and features the work of William Wegman, Robbie Conal, Sue Coe, Gee Vaucher, Peter Kuper, Yuri Shimojo, Emek, Cole Gerst, Jonathan Horowitz, and Karen Fiorito with a video installation by Pouya Afshar.

The mission of this exhibition and forum is to use art to open new dialogues and explore human perceptions of nature and the environment, awakening and inviting people to make more conscious decisions about their food, clothing, pet and lifestyle choices. The exhibition also includes a vibrant forum of artists, activists, educators, filmmakers and thinkers, who focus on the subject of animal liberation.

The show runs from February 19 through March 27, 2011 at the Santa Monica Art Studios – Arena 1 Gallery: 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

Despite her much sought after work as an illustrator and later as a painter, Gee Vaucher is perhaps best known for the extensive body of work she created during the late seventies and early eighties. quite apart from her now famous collages, as designer with the renowned punk band CRASS, she concentrated her highly developed painting skills on photorealism, creating some of the most disturbing and acclaimed images of the time. Her work is generally accepted as having been seminal to the iconography of the punk generation. When CRASS disbanded in 1984, Vaucher felt the need to explore other areas of work, abandoning the tightness of her more overt political statements in favour of more loosely expressed personal politics. Most of her work since then has in some way been connected with the human form, intimately exploring the psychological diversities of social interrelationships. She has been exhibited extensively both solo and in group shows throughout the world.

Opening Reception: Saturday February 19, 2011  5 – 9 PM
Artist Panel: A conversation with the featured artists on arts and activism: February 20, 3 – 5 PM
Animal Liberation Forum: A thought provoking discussion with lawyers, authors, and filmmakers on the plight of animals: March 12, 3 – 5 PM
Santa Monica Airport Art Walk: Visit the annual art walk at the airport where imagination takes flight: March 19, 1 – 5 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 12 – 6 PM


Steve Ignorant book talk & signing at Rough Trade East on Monday

Southern's first book!

Great news – John Robb, famous journalist, author and musician, has just confirmed that he will be the interviewer for the book talk.  Get in!

On Monday 8th November at 6pm at Rough Trade East, Steve Ignorant will be interviewed about his recently published autobiography, The Rest Is Propaganda, followed by a Q&A and book signing.  It’s free, and all are welcome – no book purchase required!

Rough Trade East is located at:  Dray Walk, Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane London E1 6QL

The talk starts at 6pm and will finish around 7pm.

Rough Trade shop event info

Facebook event info

Steve  has been touring with his merry band of players, playing to devoted crowds across the continent as part of The Last Supper tour, and it ain’t over yet!  The Last Supper will soon be served in the following locations:

  • Saturday 20 November FI Tampere – Klubi
  • Sunday 21 November FI Helsinki – Nosturi
  • Friday 26 November IE Dublin – Button Factory (with TV Smith and Paranoid Visions)
  • Saturday 27 November NI Belfast – Empire (with Stalag 17 and Aggressors BC)

Plus he is working on confirming some dates further afield:

  • USA and Canada (hopefully March 2011)
  • Australia and New Zealand (hopeflly April 2011)
  • London (the very last gig, sometime in 2011)

Keep up to date with all the tour goings on via the Southern blog, Steve’s website and his Facebook page.


Steve Ignorant presents The Last Supper… this week!

The Last Supper

In planning for nearly a year, this week the tour that Steve Ignorant is calling “The Last Supper” kicks off with two dates in the UK – Bristol O2 Academy on Friday 24th and Birmingham O2 Academy on Saturday 25th.

The tour is subtitled “Crass Songs 1977-1984″ and Steve says it represents the last time he will play these songs on stage with a band.  (Presumably he is not ruling out a pub tour in his twilight years, accompanied only by a ukulele.)

The tour is an important celebration of a band who are often overlooked in the media’s misty-eyed remembrances of punk.  Steve explains his own reasons for doing the tour in an interview with Manchester’s Under The Pavement radio programme.

Also featured on the programme is an interview with Peter Jones from Paranoid Visions, who will be supporting on the Manchester gig on 1st October.  The tour then moves on to Edinburgh on Saturday 2nd October.  A full list of gigs is below.

The Last Supper 2010

Fri 24 Sep  UK Bristol – O2 Academy
Sat 25 Sep  UK Birmingham – O2 Academy
Fri 01 Oct  UK Manchester – Academy
Sat 02 Oct  UK Edinburgh – Liquid Room
Fri 15 Oct  NL Amsterdam – Melkweg
Sat 16 Oct  DE Köln/Cologne – Underground
Sun 17 Oct  DE Frankfurt – Exzess
Tue 19 Oct  DE München/Munich – Feierwerk
Wed 20 Oct  DE Berlin – Festsaal
Thu 21 Oct  PL Lodz – Dekompresja
Fri 22 Oct  DE Hamburg – Hafenklang
Sat 23 Oct  DK Copenhagen – Loppen
Sun 24 Oct  NL Groningen – Vera

Sat 20 Nov FI Tampere – Klubi
Sun 21 Nov FI Helsinki – Nosturi
Fri 26 Nov IE Dublin – Village
Sat 27 Nov NI Belfast – Empire