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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.

 

Penny Rimbaud gigs in Montreal and London

Penny Rimbaud is on the loose again, with two June gigs, one on either side of the Atlantic!

FESTIVAL SUONI PER II POPOLO - SUNDAY 10th JUNE 2012

The Suoni Per II Popolo in Montreal, Canada is a community based music festival which presents local and international musicians performing in a variety of styles such as free jazz, improvisation, avant rock, noise and 20th century classical work.

Penny Rimbaud and Louise Elliott will play and perform with the dance company We R Dying 2 Kill U.

Doors open 8pm with two sets of 45 minutes at Sala Rossa.

Sala Rossa
4848 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal, Québec
(514) 284-0122

Penny is also holding a workshop on 12th June from 1pm to 3pm at Casa del Popolo.
Full details from the festival website.

The Vortex – 27th June

Penny Rimbaud’s Last Amendment presents Reason Veils the Absurd. Following a five year recluse in the metaphorical woodshed, Rimbaud returns to the Vortex on a quarterly residency feeling ‘none the wiser and all the better for it’. Expect a heady mix of musings, magnificence, nonsense, improv, outprov, fusion, confusion, poetry and jazz. Standing (and oftimes falling) at the forefront of the neo-romantic avant-garde, Rimbaud is joined this evening by co-conspirators Eve Libertine (vox), Charles Webber (signal generators), Louise Elliott (sax’n’flute), Kate Shortt (cello), Jennifer Maidman (bass), Gene Calderazzo (drums) and Gee Vaucher (visuals).

You can ignore them, but, thank the Lord, they won’t go away.’ Vice Magazine.

Oh dear, they’re at it again.’ Jazz Weakly.

Doors open 8ish. Tickets £8.

Vortex
11 Gillett Square
Dalston
London N16 8AZ. Tel: 0207 254 4097.
nearest rail: Dalston Kingsland, Dalston Junction

thanks.

Ten Notes On A Summer’s Day

And so we arrive at number six in the series of re-releases of Crass’ now classical albums remastered and with additional related material. This edition includes the original Crass album plus additional tracks featuring Eve Libertine, Hit Parade, A-Soma and Penny Rimbaud, and comes with a specially designed fold-out poster and an illustrated booklet containing lyrics and contextual notes.

Ten Notes on a Summer’s Day – The Swansong.  Recorded at Southern Studios Winter 1984–Summer 1985.

From the liner notes by Penny Rimbaud:

“Just as throughout our seven years’ existence as a punk band we had made concerted efforts to avoid specific political pigeonholing (‘left wing, right wing, you can stuff the lot’), so, musically, we attempted to push the barriers, always avoiding the obvious. In one respect alone we were absolutely consistent; our inconsistency. If the essentially rowdy Feeding of the Five Thousand and Stations Of The Crass had established Continue reading

Sheep Farming

I was really scared at that point. Firstly, I didn’t want to be involved in party politics, but I also felt that if I was becoming too much of a nuisance for the Government, it wouldn’t take too much for me to just disappear one night.

- Steve Ignorant on the events surrounding the release of the Crass single Sheep Farming In The Falklands, The Independent

Read the full article about protest songs in The Independent.