“Everything that we write is a love song.” – Crass,Yes Sir, I Will
Recorded towards the end of Crass’ seven year social bombardment and previously released in 1985 on vinyl, Acts of Love was Penny Rimbaud’s ‘other voice’. Fifty poems written from 1968 to 1973, set to music – classical, jazz and avant garde – composed by Rimbaud and performed by Eve Libertine.
Penny Rimbaud: “Throughout the late Sixties and early Seventies, I had worked on a series of fifty poems entitled Acts Of Love, an expression of the existential/zen hybrid which to this day remains the core of my philosophical musings. The poems laid out a raison d’être far from the political, psychological and social complexities which later began to engulf me. To counter what had become the darkness of Crass, I felt compelled to return to those poems as a source of light, and further, to make them public. I wanted to the work to be a celebration of the communality of beauty, of a shared purpose within creativity. I was looking for a confirmation of unity, a reclamation of the great romantic tradition, an act of unconditional love.”
Gee Vaucher: “For me, Acts Of Love was the starting point anyway – the poems and the original illustrations were done a long time before Crass.They were part of the inspiration, part of the source of going on to say what we did. For me, it’s a return to those roots – not going backwards, but the source of inspiration within oneself. It’s a very natural extension of what we’ve done with Crass. What we tried to do is remind people of why they were putting themselves in a very dangerous position socially and personally, by making a beautiful record really.”
Existenciilisms and Southern are proud to present a new edition of the first ex-Crass work from Penny Rimbaud, Eve Libertine and Gee Vaucher. Now presented as it was originally conceived, as a 124 page perfect-bound book of 50 poems by Rimbaud, each illustrated by Vaucher. With the accompanying audio CD of songs composed by Rimbaud and sung by Libertine, remastered in 2008 and now released for the first time on CD.
Penny Rimbaud: “Early in 2005, John (Loder) and myself discussed the possibility of re-mastering Acts Of Love for release as a CD. I was very excited about the idea because I knew that on vinyl it had had to be severely compressed. On CD it would sound as it was when it was recorded. Tragically, John died before we were able to start work on the project. It was one that I know was dear to his heart, and it is with great pleasure now that I have been at last able to complete it.”
Included on the CD which accompanies the book are the original 50 tracks of the 1985 album release in remastered form, plus an 21 additional tracks of studio extras and out-takes, and a poem by Eve Libertine.
In addition to the book edition of Acts of Love, we are also making a limited package including the book and a hand screened art print featuring the cover illustration by Gee Vaucher. This special edition of 120 copies is available by mail order only.
“What in the world are you thinking of, laughing in the face of love?”- John Oko Lennon, Instant Karma
￼Exitstencilisms is the audio partner of Exitstencil Press, committed to following its radical tradition and upholding its high standards of new creativity. Exitstencil Press was founded in the late sixties by Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher to act as an outlet for their various works, visual, musical and written. Since that time they have resolutely continued to encourage the creation, production and promotion of new, progressive works, be it their own or by the now extensive community of fellow artists that over the years has built up around them. Already released are three digital singles by Penny Rimbaud. Further works to come, including the Exit recordings from the ICES 72 festival.
Acts Of Love is available to pre-order now from the Southern web store.