Tod Flack / Jon FB / Ian Cold War
Ivan Assassins Of Hope / Cristina M
Mick Lugworm (Kill Your Pet Puppy)
Al Puppy (Kill Your Pet Puppy)
A whole evening at the Autonomy Centre in Wapping recorded in the audience by Jon From Bromley who is pictured slap in the middle of the top photograph. Indebted to him for the lend of these tapes.
According to Jon he recorded a fair few gigs at this venue, alas most of those tapes have vanished or had been damaged beyond repair throughout the last couple of decades which of course is one heck of a shame…
Still we do have these two cassettes surviving which is some kind of a blessing I suppose!
Andy Stratton’s Null And Void from Yeovil start off the recorded cassettes with some great melodic passionate pleas, followed closely to what I believe is Hagar The Womb’s debut performance. As you would expect, a little shambolic but quite charming never the less. It must be said that Hagar The Womb performances did improve a tad sometime later on! Luz Y Fuerza I know nothing of…Perhaps someone could fill me in via the comments. End of A side, cassette 1.
The Mob follow on the B side with a blinding set with a rare live perfomance of ‘White Niggers’ off the Ching demo tape. End of B side cassette 1.
On the second cassette side 1, a great performance by The Apostles with the line up of Andy Martin, Julian P, Pete B and Dan Mc. End of A side cassette 2.
Zounds completing the cassette collection, the way Null And Void started off, with a great performance and some great melodies. End of B side cassette 2.
The actual band running order for this night confirmed by JFB was:
Hagar The Womb
Luz y Fuerza
Null And Void
Photographs courtesy of Tod and Jon FB. Text below by Andy Martin.
The Autonomy Centre, Wapping Wall, London E1: August 1981 – March 1982
Vince Stevenson, Iris Mills and Ronan Bennett, briefly infamous for the ‘Persons Unknown’ trail in 1979, later unwitting participants on a record sleeve by Crass worked hard to find, secure and decorate a social centre for anarchists and punks in the then useless, dangerous and wrecked London docklands.
We provided ‘the punks’, they and the London Autonomists provided the words written in hundreds of pamphlets and leaflets handed out or left around the social centre. Crass and the Poison Girls raised the money for the venture originally through the sales of the split 7” single ‘Bloody Revolutions / Persons Unknown’ on Crass Records. Many other people and bands assisted in raising money through benefit concerts including UB40.
The London Autonomists including Vince Stevenson, Charlotte Baggins, Martin Wright, Dave Couch, Ronan Bennett, Iris Mills and Fabian Thomsett with assistance from Andy Martin, Peat Protest, Martin Cobb, Luke, Trevor, Michael, Terry Watson, Mitch, John Soares, Dagenham Pete, Rob Dellar, Rachel, Nick and Grant of Rudimentary Peni, Ian Slaughter, Mark Ripper, Fod, Scarecrow, Tod, all the Kill Your Pet Puppy Collective, helped, assisted, aided and abetted the setting up and running of The Autonomy Centre.
The rent was £680 a month so we held gigs every Sunday to raise this figure, which was a little absurd. Anarchist bands raising money for a rich landlord!
The bands that played there were numerous but those who appeared on a relatively regular basis included: Rudimentary Peni, Blood And Roses, Part 1, The Sinyx, Anthrax, Assassins Of Hope, Conflict, The Apostles, Cold War, The Mob, What Is Oil?, Twelve Cubic Feet, The S Haters. The Boiled Eggs, Zounds and many more whose names have become immersed in the mists of time. Crass performed only once (under the moniker ‘Shaved Women’) supported by D.I.R.T. Apart from live concerts there were book fairs, fanzine conventions, discussion groups, films, debates and political workshops.
Eventually The Autonomy Centre closed down due to the Sunday gigs and donations taken from other weekly events being unable to cover the monthly rent.
W.Og / Dan Apostle
Janet Hagar / Karen Hagar
See the full set of photographs from the Autonomy Centre HERE