Sunday, 29 April 2007
Saturday, 28 April 2007
Friday, 27 April 2007
Thursday, 26 April 2007
Wednesday, 25 April 2007
Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Another bunch of 'punks' that were never really given the credit they deserved by their peers, surprising when you think that their drummer Pablo LaBrittain went to school with Joe Strummer and was the first Clash drummer, until he fell out with Bernie Rhodes, and Tony James (Generation X) was briefly 999's bass player. Shows that the 'original punk scene' was really an elitist clique of faces that fitted the clothes. Never mind 'cos the punters loved them and their catchy sing a long anthems. They released a string of killer singles, their albums were sometimes a bit patchy, but all in all a great fucking band who are still playing occasionally today. This recording captures them at The Nashville in 1979, it's Just a click away: http://www.sendspace.com/file/2buwic
Leeds Anarchist Black Cross have issued the following press release. Please read it and take whatever action you can to support John in the run up to his parole hearing. Remember, an injustice to one is an injustice to all.
STATE ATTEMPTS TO KEEP JOHN BOWDEN BEHIND BARS
ANARCHIST BLACK CROSS VILLIFIED AS TERRORIST ORGANISATION
15th April 2007
John Bowden is a long-term prison resister who has spent most of his life behind bars, including 25 years of a ‘Life’ sentence. After being moved to ‘open’ conditions last year, and being let out for fortnightly home-leaves, the indications were that John would be released on licence this June.
“I’m sure the system was hopeful that I would not survive my term of life imprisonment, and indeed inflicted such treatment on me over the years that survival was unlikely. I’m sure too that it’s intention now is to prevent my release for as long as possible; Few lifers are released unbroken or at least severely diminished in terms of their ability to ever again defy the system.”
“Bowden has written for a self-proclaimed anarchist website called ABC Brighton, and says he supports many of their ideals and actions. A review of this website brings into question the nature of this group. The members of this group appear to be primarily eco-terrorists or para-military members involved in what they see as battles against political systems and principles.
“In a previous report from HMP Edinburgh it was reported that Bowden had received visits from people involved in terrorism.”
This statement is quite clearly not only an attack on John Bowden, but a vicious smear, without any foundation whatsoever against a legitimate prisoner support organisation. To characterise the ABC as “para-military” or “eco-terrorist” is quite simply the basest of lies, and something that needs to be strongly challenged. The visit Stillman refers to was a visit to John by two members of Brighton ABC. John Bowden has been supported by the ABC for many years, and we will continue to support him to the best of our ability.
The Parole Board will sit on John’s case in just two week’s time. Therefore, please write urgently to:
Matt Stillman, H M Prison Castle Huntly, Longforgan, Dundee, DD2 5HL, Scotland.Fax (FAO Matt Stillman): 01382 360510
The Parole Board for England and Wales, Grenadier House, 99-105 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2DD, England.Fax - 020 7217 0118You can e-mail the Chairman of the Parole Board, Duncan Nichol at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send letters/cards of support to John Bowden at the following address (if possible please enclose a few stamps): John Bowden, 6729, H M Prison Castle Huntly, Longforgan, Dundee, DD2 5HL, Scotland.
“For having stood up to and resisted unlawful and inhuman treatment in prison, and retained some basic human integrity and humanity in the process, I probably shall now remain imprisoned far beyond what even a reactionary judge deemed an appropriate period of time all those years ago. Hell will freeze over, however, before I surrender that part of myself that had the courage and integrity to fight back and resist when resistance often seemed futile.”John Bowden (from Tear Down The Walls, available from Leeds ABC.)
Please circulate as widely as possible.
LEEDS ABC, PO BOX 53, LEEDS, LS8 4WP. ENGLAND.LeedsABC@riseup.net www.myspace.com/leedsabc
For those who don’t know, John is an anarchist, prison activist and former member of the Angry Brigade, who has been locked up since 1980 (apart from a couple of glorious years on the run following a daring escape!) for his part in trying to dismantle the state.
Monday, 23 April 2007
Sunday, 22 April 2007
Friday, 20 April 2007
Thursday, 19 April 2007
The Virginia Tech massacre is messed up on several levels. Gun laws in America, violence and the media, state sanctioned killing and the authorities role, all in the context of a Liberal Capitalist democratic system of governance.
Violent films and video games seep into the unconscious mind. Minds that have already been brainwashed into a competition of consumption were not every one is a winner, a system that breeds resentment. Media images of perfection fuel the rejection.
Images of an illegal war are broadcast, there are massacres daily in Iraq. The Virginia Tech shooting now dominates the global news, while at the same time the Americans are dividing up Baghdad into 'zones' to try and bring their unlawful intervention under control, an old Vietnam tactic that failed there. I wonder where the Americans hearts and minds are now? Baghdad or Virginia?
Subjected to a high level of images of state and media violence in a time when the move to a technological society is effecting people psychologically it is no surprise that some snap and take up the tools that are their right and use them to kill the innocent. In a post modern twist Cho Seung-Hui, the 'campus killer' (who the authorities knew was a 'ticking time bomb' about a year ago) took a break after killing 2 people. The authorities used this time to do, not a lot because two hours later Cho Seung-Hui broke the US record for civilians shot in one go by killing another 30. During the break between the shootings Cho Seung-Hui went to the Post Office to post a video he had made in which he acts out his feelings like a character in a movie. The tape went to NBC who subsequently broadcasted it to a global audience. That's entertainment, makes a change from Iraq, where another record was broken in Baghdad; the most civilians killed by a car bomb. From the macro to the micro this is the 'beauty of capitalism' every tool at the disposal of the state is there for the citizen, from weapons to the media. It's just how they are used by the state and the citizen; this is the problem and there are no simple solutions in a messed up world.
Wednesday, 18 April 2007
The 'beauty of capitalism' has made some of the worlds richest countries the most poor. Corrupt governments in places like Niger mean that just 1% of the population get a share in the billions of oil dollars, the rest live in poverty amongst the environmental devastation caused by the oil industry. All because the West refuses to slow down production and consumption, isn't it about time we MEND our ways?
No.13 out of 16: NEWTOWN NEUROTICS - When The Oil Runs Out: http://www.sendspace.com/file/gvdskx
Tuesday, 17 April 2007
Monday, 16 April 2007
So Bryan the Nazis were amazing. Well Fuck you. You always were a slick, slimey shithead with your Poxy Music. Take your over privileged carcass and that fox hunting loving scum of yours back to your bunker and shut the fuck up. With the BNP fielding more candidates than before at local British elections in May, your comments aren't very helpful. Or is that yours and your sons Cuntryside Alliance buddies game anyway, to whip up some furore in time for the elections, where a lot of seats the BNP are contesting are in rural areas. The strongholds of bigoted ignorant fuckers like you.
Sunday, 15 April 2007
Saturday, 14 April 2007
Friday, 13 April 2007
Thursday, 12 April 2007
The ’Hot’ War we are engaged in is a result of capitalist expansion; securing oil to power the machines, finding new markets to sell the products to. It has eroded civil liberties, increased racial tension and shown politicians to be the lying bastards they are. Money talks and bullshit doesn’t just walk, it runs. It is a crisis of capitalism, everything is unbalanced. Progress has been quick, which has had a psychological effect on people (Decline in morals and values) Private and Economic individualism has been catastrophic for the Earth (global warming, pollution) and Society (crime, social disorder) everywhere there are divisions East; West. Rich; Poor. Young; Old. All maintained by capitalisms friend; the media. Where people seek sanctuary and to relax after a hard day at work by watching T.V, reading the paper, looking at the adverts; just thinking, but...... WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU THINKING?
Tuesday, 10 April 2007
Sunday, 8 April 2007
Kurts body had been rotting for 3 days by now, another dead rock star. A spokesman for a generation, loaded on Heroin and Valium put a shotgun in his mouth and blasted his way to iconic status. Nirvana changed music, fashion and culture forever. For a generation of kids being fucked up became a lifestyle choice with cat walk clothes to match. Kurt validated their every feeling and thought, then the selfish bastard blew his brains out; because he couldn’t take the fame which compromised his low-fi punk rock credibility and his sensibility. Well what the fuck did he expect. When you suck the corporate cock, it comes as they want you to be. THE VIBRATORS - Come As You Are:http://www.sendspace.com/file/wd5wt8
Saturday, 7 April 2007
Friday, 6 April 2007
Like Roxy Music meeting Bowie and Bolan at a recording studio, then taking a trip to the make up counter of Bibas with The New York Dolls giving their advice on the best blusher to use. It's the CUDDLY TOYS and their rampant glam vision. These 4 tracks were all singles in the early 80's. Madman/Astral Joe/Someones Crying/It's A Shame. They're just a click away:http://www.sendspace.com/file/q6peai
Thursday, 5 April 2007
Wednesday, 4 April 2007
Tuesday, 3 April 2007
Monday, 2 April 2007
Sunday, 1 April 2007
The game was starting to take shape. As time has moved on the stakes have become higher. Collective spirit has turned into individual self interest. Credit has made it easy for people to carry on consuming with out actually having the means to support the life styles they aspire to: Footballers, Popstars etc, etc . Technology has advanced and brought with it a whole new lot of false needs: mobile phones, 4x4’s etc, etc. The choice in the market place is massive and everyone wants the best, most powerful, and the most stylish of the goods available. The kids wanna be cooler than their friends, their parents want to be seen to having more status than neighbours and work colleagues. They are just playing the game.