A book presentation and discussion by Gabriel Kuhn
Followed by the riot-folk music of Evan Greer, USA and Al Baker, UK.
Food from 7pm. Talk starts 7.30pm sharp. Music 9.15pm Next to Nowhere social centre, 96 Bold St, Liverpool 1. Donations on the door (£3 if you can) & for food.
uniquely his...and (s)he's a heck of a guitar player. I suspect that songs like 'Ya Basta!' and 'Picketline Song' will be heard at the barricades for years to come."
--Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against the Machine
Talk by Gabriel Kuhn: -
Straight edge has persisted as a drug-free, hardcore punk subculture for 25 years. Its political legacy remains ambiguous and it is often associated with self-righteous macho posturing and conservative Puritanism. While certain elements
of straight edge culture feed into such perception, the culture's political history is far more complex. Since straight edge's origins in Washington, D.C. in the early 1980s, it has
been linked to radical thought and action by countless individuals, bands, and entire scenes. Sober Living for the Revolution traces this history. It includes contributions by famed straight edge punk rockers like Ian MacKaye (of
Minor Threat/Fugazi), Dennis Lyxzén (Refused/The (International) Noise Conspiracy), Mark Andersen (Dance of Days) and Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy); legendary bands like
ManLiftingBanner and Point of No Return; radical collectives like CrimethInc. and Alpine Anarchist Productions; and numerous other artists and activists dedicated as much to sober living as to the fight for a better world.Gabriel Kuhn is an Austrian-born writer and translator based in Sweden. He has published widely on radical politics and underground culture, mainly with Unrast
Verlag in Germany and with PM Press in the US. Earlier this year, he had to cancel a US speaking tour because he was denied authorization to travel to the US. Now he is
on a speaking tour in England.
Al Baker - On January 1st, 2006, after a particularly unsuccesful New Year's Eve, Al Baker was sitting in his smoke-filled, mirrorless bedroom listening to Phil Ochs, Billy Bragg and Riot Folk records. It suddenly occured to him that, hell, this folk music lark didn't sound all that difficult, so he picked up his rusting, neglected 12-string guitar, played three chords, ranted for three minutes about Rupert Murdoch and, before he knew it, had written his first song. A year later, Al recorded his first album, "On The Use of Jackboots" with one microphone in his bedroom and a handful of more talented friends backing him up as the first incarnation of The Dole Queue. The DIY recording and lack of any industry help notwithstanding, 'Jackboots' was extremely well received, and led to Al almost overnight becoming a fixture of the growing Folk Punk scene in the UK and accross the world.