All The Madmen Records – 2012

After 25 long years, All The Madmen records is returning as a collective to be run by like-minded people with the ambition to provide talented and under appreciated bands with a platform to produce and release music into the public domain. By funding production, printing and publication of previously unsigned artists and reinvesting the proceeds back into helping more bands produce more records and more gigs; we hope to showcase the music we love to a wider audience.

We aim to create a community ethos in which the music we release is the main focus.

For the foreseeable future, any profits that the label generates will be reinvested into the company to help more musicians in what is currently a difficult environment to enter and succeed in.

We are asking that people pay an initial £50 membership fee to generate a start up fund, with which bands can begin to benefit from the recreation of the label. In keeping with the cooperative values of the company, all members will be entitled to one vote at meetings, regardless of the number of shares they hold. By becoming a member of All The Madmen you will automatically receive a share in the company.

Website details are  HERE

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Eighties Punk stories in ebook news

We have been alerted to the news of punk fiction relating to the nineteen eighties being released in ebook form, available for free. We have been alerted to this by the writer of said works.

Marcus Blakeston, the author and self-proclaimed ‘shouting poet’, says the work is “Nine interlinked slice of life dramas set in and around a small Yorkshire town in the early 1980s. They are populated by an assortment of punks, skinheads, yobs and hooligans. Not suitable for yuppies.”

As far as I can gather you get the books for free HERE

And there’s more about it all HERE , where for some reason it asks for £2.50. but you can read it all anyway.

A biography of sorts and the subject matter within the books:

“I was 13 in year zero. Like most of the people in these stories, I was too young for the first wave and only really got to be a part of it for the second, though my older brother did sneak me in to the local night club to see a few of the original bands.

I left school the year Thatcher first started to fuck the country up, and other than a few brief periods in dead-end jobs, I spent most of her reign on the dole, just like most of the people I knew.

In the 80s I started writing poetry. Spurred on by people around me, I used to dive on stage uninvited at local gigs and shout poetry at the audience while the band tuned up, until I either ran out of poems or got shoved off the stage by the band. I was approached by Marcus Featherby once, who said he was looking for a poet to put on a compilation album he was putting together for PAX Records, but I turned it down.

Domesticity called in the late 80s, with children arriving soon after, and all my childhood interests were put to one side. I still went to gigs, but only as a member of the audience. I stopped writing, and the dole forced me onto various training schemes that I hated intensely until one day I said I was interested in computers and they sent me on a computer training course. I found I had a flair for desktop publishing, and landed a job with a local training company who had bought the software but struggled to do anything worthwhile with it. They paid me through college on day release, I got myself a degree in graphic design, and then they made me redundant.

Back on the dole again, everything was completely different. Now you had to actually prove you were applying for jobs before they would give you anything, and they treated you like scum. I couldn’t really handle that, so I set up my own business, designing leaflets (and later websites) for anyone who would pay me. I also buy and sell on Ebay, mostly books and old games consoles, but also anything else I think might turn a modest profit”.

This is the blurb for the full book:

Nine interlinked slice of life dramas set in and around a small Yorkshire town in the early 1980s. Written by shouting poet Marcus Blakeston, they are populated by an assortment of punks, skinheads, yobs and hooligans. Not suitable for yuppies.

Punk and Disorderly: Punk rocker Colin Baxter was looking for a good night out, getting as drunk as possible to escape the tedium of his life on the dole. He certainly wasn’t looking for a fight with one of the local skinheads.

Yob Culture: Skinhead Trog was in a foul mood when he pushed through the door to The Black Bull, and the rowdy sounds of his favourite band The Cockney Upstarts playing on the jukebox did little to calm him. It was bad enough having his bird yelling and screaming at him and then stamping off in a sulk without having some gobby student call him a ‘rotter’.

Bored Teenagers: Four short vignettes in which nothing much happens.

Warrior in Woolworths: Woolworths security guard John Taylor doesn’t like punks. If he had his way they would all be shipped off to the Falklands to fight the Argies. Management might say he has to let scum like that in the shop, but that doesn’t mean he has to put up with any nonsense from them.

Gothic Rooms: “Come back to my bedsit,” Stiggy said, “we’ll play some records and stuff.” But when Colin gets there he finds out Stiggy has other plans.

It’s All Done by Mirrors: Colin and Brian had it all planned out, a romantic night out with a couple of punk birds – go and see a band, ply the birds with drinks all night, then see how it goes. But then glue sniffer and social misfit Stiggy decides to tag along.

Sniffin Glue: There’s only one thing worse than having some kid yapping in your ear while you’re trying to enjoy a good bag of glue in peace, and that’s having the coppers turn up while you’re off your head and unable to defend yourself.

I’m an Upstart: Top oi band The Cockney Upstarts, much loved by both punks and skinheads alike, are playing in nearby Shefferham. Unfortunately they chose to play at a time when tensions between punks and skinheads are running high. Life Moves On. An announcement is made.

Discuss – should some future puppy madness be disseminated this way?

Didn’t You Used To Be Tony D?

September went a bit mad for my old Ripped & Torn past, as two events dusted it down and included it in their various retrospectives of punk and DIY culture.

The events were the launch of a book called ‘Fanzines’, authored by Teal Triggs and an exhibition of punk memorabilia – Loud Flash: British Punk On Paper –  at a Mayfair art gallery curated by the fashion designer Toby Mott.

Press interest in the exhibition led to covers of Ripped & Torn being published in such mainstream papers as The Observer and Shortlist magazine (plus honourable mentions in many more). See these pages by clicking here or go to our photobucket gallery on your own steam and look in the ‘Nowadays’ album.

The book launch was held in the bowels of the London College of Communication at Elephant & Castle, and was well attended by a large crowd of mainly young and enthusiastic writers / designers / self-publishers.

 

I spoke with the author who told me that the art of fanzines is flourishing as new writers are reverting to the printed page more and more and she has never seen so much interest in the fanzine culture: both looking at the old and writing the new.

This KYPP site is mentioned in the book and Teal said, “the book shows how important your zine has been both in terms of content and also graphically. I certainly have enjoyed   keeping up with things from your website”.

This event is written about here by Jeremy Leslie at Magculture.com, he also took the picture of Teal and myself.

Three days later was the private view of Loud Flash: British Punk On Paper, and after the LCC I wasn’t prepared for how posh was the Haunch Of Venison art gallery where the exhibition was being held: or how many people would be attending this event.

It was heaving, and heaving with the most significant people. We formed a punk corner with people like Spizz Oil and other fanzine writers, venturing out into the mass only to run into Adam Ant!

There’s an enormous amount of stuff on display – interestingly there are walls of both National Front and Rock Against Racism stuff showing that young Toby Mott had a grasp of the bigger picture of punk – well worth a visit. It’s free and on till 30th October, address: 6 Burlington Gardens W1S 3ET.

I behaved myself well enough at the private view to be invited to join a roundtable discussion about punk to be held the next week.

The roundtable discussion held on Wednesday 29th September at the Haunch of Venison Gallery turned out to be very interesting for those of us on the panel but not so sure what the invited audience made of it.

Photo by Heather Blockley

The panel consisted of Toby Mott, Ray Gange (actor from the Clash film ‘Rude Boy’), Teal Triggs, myself and a literary hero, who turned out to be my nemesis on the night, Peter York.

Peter, who wrote about punk in 1977 for Harpers and Queen and some of these pieces are in his book Style Wars, gave a picture of punk as middle class kids posturing as a form of art. “It was never working class kids from tower blocks”, was his view, and he coloured this in with several stories and anecdotes. Even worse his version of punk was that the first wave was the only wave and that soon these kids found something else to do which allowed them to dress up and be pretty.

I gave the continuing story, that 1977 and the emergence of bands such as The Lurkers, 999 and The Ants was when punk really began to mean something; how 1978 was the year of the Ant and the beginning of mass punk squatting; then the galvanisation of Crass and the evolution of anarcho punk through the eighties.

If I hadn’t been there it would have been the Peter York vision that was propounded, as Toby and the Haunch of Venison MC – Mark ? – were from that side of society and comfortable with that revisionist history. Indeed, toward the end the three of them eagerly supported the proposition put to the panel that Thatcher was a punk rocker as she supported the entrepreneur and the ‘little guy’!

If this site / blog hadn’t existed I would have instigated it at that moment.

Made me realise why Puppy is more important than Ripped & Torn, because what we did at the time – and are doing now – is to show in a positive manner that punk didn’t neatly ‘die’ when New Romantics came along. And no matter how people like Toby Mott show the wider picture  – vis a vis the fascist / RAR stuff and materials up to and including Crass covers – punk is still too easily compartmentalized and stored away in Sex Pistol shaped boxes.

The discussion was filmed and it is hoped to have it available on either Youtube or Vimeo in the near future.

At the end a smartly dressed lady came over and introduced herself. It turned out she’d been to gigs at St John’s Church on Pentonville Road at the beginnings of anarcho. Which just goes to show something, she was of the Mayfair set and pally with the Tobys and the Peters yet she knew exactly where I was coming from and congratulated me on saying what I did. She too felt that this part of punk history was unfairly swept under the carpet. Goes to show something, but what I still can’t express.

The story continues. Housman’s bookshop have been given an evening at the ICA on October 21st and have asked me to do a bit of a talk there about punk and all that. Penguin should be there too. The acclaimed writer Stewart Home will also be on the stage, whether at the same time it’s hard to say. But it should be good.

Tony posing with R&T cover at Fanzines book launch

Orbituary for Leo of Soundbox Studios – 1943 – 2010

Leo from Soundbox Studios, Thomaby Gardens, Edmonton, N18 passed away on Friday 20th August after losing his fight against cancer.

He was an important part of the anarcho-punk scene and I am sure his friends and members of bands that he worked with would like to know about his passing on.

Other than being involved in a huge way with DIRT, Rubella Ballet and Crass, Leo had hundreds of musicians pass through his studio over a period of 30 years. Bands like the Stratford Mercenaries and Shwartzenneger, both bands with Steve Ignorant on vocals after Crass had folded. Other notables going through the studio were Lack Of Knowledge, Omega Tribe, Honey Bane as well as members of the Buzzcocks, Angelic Upstarts, Citizen Fish, and so many more it would just run on and on like a who’s who of punk. Similar of course to the other north London studio, Southern Studios in Wood Green run by the late John Loder who knew Leo well.

Leo also done lighting for all the bands DIRT toured or performed (before 1983) with like Flux Of Pink Indians, The Mob, Conflict etc. Notably Leo also was in charge of the lights at the Zig Zag Squat all dayer, the same gig that Fox and Vomit, both of Leo’s sons left DIRT.

Fox and Vomit DIRT at the Africa Centre Covent Garden – 1980

The DIRT skull was also Leo’s design. He designed and painted the logo / banner long before Fox and Vomit joined Gary, Deno and Lou to form DIRT.

It was the backdrop for Fox’s and Vomit’s old punk band called the Gutter Rats, a band that was going nowhere, so it was used for DIRT for which it is now best known.

The logo nowadays is of course an iconic anarcho-punk image from 1980 in the same way as the Crass symbol or the Poison Girls ‘crow’ symbol has become.

Leo’s funeral is at 3:30pm on Monday 13th September at

Enfield Crematorium

Great Cambridge Road

Enfield

EN1 4DS.

Vince has informed me that anyone who knew Leo is more than welcome to attend.

Vomit (Vince) son of Leo and bassist of DIRT 1980 – 1983

Fox R.I.P son of Leo and drummer for DIRT 1980 – 1983

Steve Ignorant – The Last Supper

If any browsers feel the urge to get a photograph onto the slideshow at the Steve Ignorant shows coming up in September and October in the U.K. and Europe then send good quality scans whether portraits or half body shots to punks@southern.com It is not worth sending in photographs of the subject (you!) halfway up a mountain or something as these photos will not be used. The photographs will need to be clear enough to show all the facial features.

The email of the scanned photograph should be clearly marked with your name that you may want to come up on the slideshow and added to all the above the photograph sent in must be from the time of Crass starting out to when the band performed no longer either live or in the studio. 1977 until 1984 for those who may have forgotten.

Congratulations to Al Puppy for gaining his master degree in Philosophy

Alistair Livingstone, the great man, one time ex Kill Your Pet Puppy fanzine scribe, All The Madmen Records head honcho (apres The Mob and pre Rob Challice) sometime writer and commentator on this site succesfully passed his degree on July 15th for the work he submitted on the Galloway Levellers.

You can view Al’s work HERE

Well done to him, two years to complete 50,000 words. Pretty sure I did not reach that target in all my years of schooling from five to sixteen years old!

Kill Your Pet Puppy Spring Picnic May 3rd 2009

Title: Kill Your Pet Puppy Spring Picnic
Location: North Millfields Recreation Ground near the River Lea
Description: Going ahead as planned at Middlesex Filter Beds, Hackney on Sunday 3rd May (it’s a bank holiday next day). Will meet up from 1.30 p.m in North Millfields Recreation Ground near the River Lea/Lea Bridge Road junction before moving on to the Filter Beds around 2 p.m. See map:

The Filter Beds are marked Nature Reserve. If you’re late the entrance is on the river towpath just down from the bridge. More info on Filter Beds including link to journey planner here:

It’s a 10 minute walk from Clapton overground staion.

Buses that go past along Lea Bridge Rd are:

48 to Walthamstow, Shoreditch, Liverpool St, London Bridge
55 to Oxford St, Old St
56 to Angel Islington, Dalston, Whipps Cross

Buses that go along Clapton Rd get off at Lea Bridge roundabout then 5 minute walk downhill along Lea Bridge Rd:

253 to Stamford hill, Manor House, Finsbury Park, Holloway, Camden
254 to Stamford hill, Manor House, Finsbury Park, Holloway, Aldgate

If it rains, there are plenty of trees around or nice walks to be had as well as a riverside pub nearby. Not that near any shops so you’ll have to bring provisions & poisons with you.
All welcome even puppies & it’s a good place for kids. Hope you can make it & spread the word.

Start Time: 13:30
Date: 2009-05-03
End Time: 23:30

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