101ER AT PORTOBELLO FILM FEST

 

**MEDIA ALERT – INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE**

Portobello Film Festival presents an evening with Joe Strummer’s original star musician Alvaro

UK’s largest independent film festival to screen documentary about the famous musician Alvaro, also known as ‘The Chilean With The Singing Nose’ along with an incredible LIVE performance

– Punk Night: Wednesday 16th Sep 09 – From 6pm – Inn On The Green

Portobello Film Festival: 3-20 September

 

For one night only celebrated musician Alvaro will be returning to West London to perform a live set for revellers at the Portobello Film Festival, along with a special screening of highlighting documentary Full Dedication Alvaro.

 

Full Dedication Alvaro, is a film portrait of the independent musician Alvaro Pefia-Rojas, also known as ‘The Chilean With The Singing Nose’. Alvaro who’s currently living in Germany once founded together with Joe Strummer (The Clash) The 101ers – one of the first punk bands in Great Britain. At the age of 65 he still is a musician by passion, he still is absolutely dedicated to his kind of music – without making any concessions towards the musical mainstream.

 

Other films being show on the evening include Notting Hill 1958 Riot Tour which previews 50 years of the London Caribbean Carnival. Punk Night promises to be an evening of screenings and performances not to be missed.

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**INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE WITH – JONATHAN BARNETT – PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR**

***LIMITED INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE WITH ALVARO ***

 

Portobello Film Festival takes place 3-20 September at, Westbourne Studios, The Tabernacle and The Inn On The Green.

 

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FREE WARPED TOUR CD

Get a FREE Double Warped tour cd this month when you subscribe to Big Cheese magazine. The cd features Anti Flag, Flogging Molly, NO FX, BAD RELIGION AND 51 TRACKS!!!!

And this months Big Cheese magazine is a punk special-with RANCID, GALLOWS, BILLY TALENT, REBELLION FESTIVAL TOTAL COVERAGE, AND THE CLASH!!

Subscribe now at www.bigcheesemagazine.com and save £13 off newstand price!!

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JOHNNY RAMONE R.I.P

Johnny Ramone † Sep. 15, 2004

 

Johnny Ramone

† Sep. 15, 2004 (aged 55)

Johnny Ramone † Sep. 15, 2004

Birth name
John Cummings

Born
* Oct. 08, 1948
Long Island, NY, USA

Died
† Sep. 15, 2004
Los Angeles, California, USA

The Ramones band leader and guitarist. He will never be forgotten. Read Vera RAMONES INTERVIEW this month for more on the brudders RAMONE!

 

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PUBLIC IMAGE U.K TOUR

Sex Pistol singer John Lydon to reform Public Image

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LONDON (Reuters) – Punk rock singer John Lydon, formerly known as Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols, is re-forming his band Public Image Ltd — or PiL — after a 17 year hiatus with a five-date tour in December, according to media reports.

Lydon told Britain’s Guardian newspaper that the influential band he created in 1978, a year after the disintegration of the Sex Pistols, and which lasted for 14 years, would reform with a new line-up.

He said the new-look PiL will not contain original band members Jah Wobble or former Clash guitarist Keith Levene but will feature guitarist Lu Edmonds, drummer Bruce Smith and a new arrival, multi-instrumentalist Scott Firth.

PiL, which had chart success with singles such as "Public Image" and "This Is Not a Love Song," will start its tour on December 15 in Birmingham. The band is also launching a new website (www.pilofficial.com).

"We’ll see where we can go," 53-year-old Lydon told the newspaper. "Some things may be quite similar, some may not."

Lydon reunited with other members of the Sex Pistols last year for a series of gigs to mark the 30th anniversary of the band’s seminal album "Never Mind The Bollocks."

But Lydon, who became a figurehead of the short-lived punk revolution in England in 1970s with his anti-establishment stance and attacks on Britain’s class system and the monarchy, appears to have mellowed in recent years.

He starred in British reality TV show "I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here" in 2004, has hosted a few animal documentaries, and also starred in an advertisement for butter wearing a tweed-suit.

He also has no tolerance for noisy, opinionated youngsters any more, it seems.

"Younger people at the moment are very mouthy and aggressive," Lydon told the Guardian.

John Lydon has now shocked fans by announcing that PiL will come out of hiatus for a new tour. Playing ‘Metal Box in its entirety the singer will be joined by by The Damned guitarist Lu Edmonds, former Slits drummer Bruce Smith and bassist Scott Firth – none of whom played on the actual album.

Public Image Limited have confirmed the following dates:

December
15 Birmingham O2 Academy
16 Leeds O2 Academy
18 Glasgow O2 Academy
19 Manchester Academy
21 London O2 Academy Brixton

 

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NEW VIBRATORS ALBUM

The Vibrators are currently recording a new album in London. Knox, Eddie,  and Pete are all writing and recording the album as we speak -to be released on Cleopatra records later in the year. More news soon.

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SIMON KLEIN SINGLE

Hello all,

My new single "Sunny Misty Morning" is officially released today. It’s the perfect soundtrack to a summer’s day; a feel-good song with psychedelic jazz-punk tendencies.  Imagine Burt Bacharach mixed with Kraut Rock and you’re there.

Please buy it and support me, the Monk Club and help keep independent music alive in Richmond!

It’s already been given some airtime by the lovely John Kennedy of XFM who said…
“Liked the song. Played it last week on the show, alongside some other sunshine music.”

The single is available on Spotify, Amazon and iTunes. Just follow the links below.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Simon+Klein&x=0&y=0 <http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;field-keywords=Simon+Klein&amp;x=0&amp;y=0>

Many thanks,

Simon

 
 Monk Club Records
                                          Richmond’s vibrant alternative music label
 

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CJ RAMONE IN LONDON

Bass player CJ Ramone plays the Punk Marathon festival at Camdens Underworld-tomnorrow -Tuesday Aug 18th-with  a band that includes Brant Bjork and also former Ramones collaborator and producer Daniel Rey. Dont miss what should be a rare, and rocking gig!!!! 

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AGNOSTIC FRONT REISSUES

One of the greatest genre-defining hardcore bands of all time,

Agnostic Front

, has changed the face of music throughout their 25 year long career. The two records that started it all, United Blood and Victim in Pain, are legendary NYHC releases and some of the most sought after pieces of vinyl for record collectors. Finally, these two releases are coming back to life via

Bridge Nine Records

. On November 17th, 2009, Bridge Nine will release a CD version with both albums combined and additionally, will re-release United Blood on 7" and Victim in Pain on 12" LP. Bridge Nine owner Chris Wrenn commented, "Agnostic Front’s debut EP and LP – United Blood and Victim In Pain, are seminal New York Hardcore recordings. To have the opportunity to bring them back to life and make them available again to a new generation of hardcore fans is an incredible honor for Bridge Nine Records. We’re excited to do these re-issues justice and look forward to helping Agnostic Front celebrate the 25 years since the original release of Victim In Pain."

Originally released in 1983, United Blood was Agnostic Front’s first release and was followed shortly thereafter by Victim In Pain in 1984. These albums were a blast of pure New York hardcore that confirmed AF’s status as leaders of the NYHC movement alongside precursors the Cro-Mags and Murphy’s Law. 25 years later, both releases will be made available once again on all formats. Special packaging, vinyl pressings, and more information to come soon.

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LAST WEEKS-CLASH EXHIBITION

It may not seem the most obvious job choice for a man who fought the law, even if the law won. But Mick Jones, of

the Clash

, has decided on a more respectable career – by becoming a librarian.

The lead guitarist, who was at the centre of the punk movement, opened his personal rock’n’roll library to the public today, saying he hoped it would inspire and educate music lovers from around the world.

Sprawled across a 3,000 sq ft office space under the roaring Westway, off Portobello Road, west London, close to where Jones formed the Clash with Joe Strummer in 1976, the "guerrilla rock’n’roll public library" will include 10,000 items from Jones’s personal collection, amassed over three decades in the music business.

It is the first time that Jones’s full collection – which includes everything from Beatles knick-knacks and Clash artwork to items the band members wore on stage – will be shown in its entirety.

Jones, 54, said he hoped the five-week "civic endeavour" would challenge what he called the blandness of other music  exhibitions.

He described it as a "direct artistic challenge" to the likes of the British Music Experience, the museum of popular music at the O2 in London, that he described as "corporate".

The library – liberated from a lock-up in Acton – is likely to attract Clash fans but Jones said he hoped it would have a wider appeal. "These are relics of the last century. A part of British music history," he said. "It’s a very personal collection but I don’t want the library to be only for Clash fans. I hope it can be a resource and spark people’s imaginations, create an idea of continual creativity."

Visitors to the library need not fear the dreaded library command "hush!" as they wander around the collection of records, pizza boxes from Clash tours, books, camouflage graffiti boots worn by the band on stage, and retro recording equipment. Instead they will listen to a personal soundtrack created by Jones, including songs from Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones.

And instead of peering into rows of cases, visitors will also be invited to interact with the exhibition through videos and computer technology that will help them to recreate old black-and-white punk fanzines.

They may even get a peek at the man himself as throughout the duration of the exhibition, Jones, who shared songwriting credits with Strummer on classic Clash albums including London Calling, Give ‘Em Enough Rope and Combat Rock, before moving on to acts including Big Audio Dynamite, will be recording with up-and-coming bands in his studio next door for the Strummerville Foundation.

For Clash fans, it will be the only exhibition that matters this summer.

 

Rock’n’Roll Public Library, 18 July – 25 August, 2 Acklam Road, Portobello Green, W10 5XL. 11-7 Wednesday-Sunday. Admission is free

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DURHAM PUNK FEST

The DURHAM PUNK FEST IS NEARLY HERE!!!!!!! GET DOWN TO SEE THE FOLLOWING BANDS-AND A RARE SHOW FROM THE COCKNEY REJECTS!!

 

Durham Punk Fest,Sept 12th. Doors 2p.m. Gimp Fist,The Fiend,Crashed Out,Goldblade,Uk Subs,Leatherface,Angelic Upstarts,Steve Ignorant (full band performance),Cockney Rejects.
 
Tickets www.gigbox.co.uk
 

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REBELLION THIS THURS!

Oh yes-its the Rebellion festival this Thursday in Blackpool and we Vive Le Punk will be there. So who are we looking out for??

Well-how about these!

 

FLOGGING MOLLY

KNOX (SOLO)

KILLING JOKE

THE FREEZE

CHRON GEN

SHAME ACADEMY

UK SUBS(OF COURSE!)

THE RABBLE

THE ADICTS

THE DAMNED

THE KING BLUES

THE ANIMALS

BAY CITY ROLLERS

THE ADOLESCENTS

CUTE LEPERS

STRAWBERRY BLONDES

LOVE AND A 45   AND MANY MORE!!!!!!!!!!!! SEE YOU THERE.

WWW.REBELLIONFESTIVALS.COM

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NEW SPECIALS BOOK

CHERRY RED BOOKS
present-
                             

YOU’RE WONDERING NOW
– THE SPECIALS FROM CONCEPTION TO REUNION
Paul Williams
                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                      

1979. The dawning of a new era. Against the backdrop of the demise of punk, social unrest and the coming to power of Margaret Thatcher, The Specials burst onto the scene with their unique brand of music, sweeping up the nation’s youth with their edgy, politically-charged message and iconic ‘2Tone’ branding. Thirty years later, as the band celebrate their anniversary with a reunion tour, their hard hitting, poignant tales of teen pregnancy, knife crime and racism are still as prevalent as they always were.

Timed to coincide with the band’s Anniversary and the huge revival of interest that has aroused this year, this is the only book of its kind, meticulously detailing the story of this one-of-a-kind band, its members and their post-Specials careers, up to and including their reunion at Bestival in 2008. It also sees the first publication of a full gig listing, complete discography and an amazing collection of rare, unseen photographs from the band themselves. It also contains a foreword from Phill Jupitus.

Paul Williams is a concert promoter, creator and editor of the 1990s cult fanzine “Street Feeling”, administrator of The Specials website and valued contributor to many varied projects within the lively ska world. His life-long interest in The Specials inspired him to be the first to research and document the bands’ history, which he portrays with an easy, familiar style, making their story accessible to all.
 in all good book stores from Sept 14th

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VIVE LE PUNK T-SHIRTS!!

After 2 months of design and preperation we are now ready to launch the Vive Le Punk T-shirt range. Focussing on Icons from the Punk era, the first 3 designs will feature Sid Vicious, Paul Simonon (the Clash) and Iggy Pop. Our new shop will launch on the vive site at the end of next week where you can order the shirts online.You will also be able to get a sneak peak and buy them at next weekends Rebellion festival.Stay tuned for more designs too.

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U.K HARDCORE BOOK

Cherry Red have a book on UK Hardcore coming out in September, by Ian Glasper.
He previously wrote Burning Britain and Day The Country Died for us. He also
played bass in Decadence and Stampin’ Ground, and is currently in thrash
band Suicide Watch. It is an absolutely brilliant book detailing the
undergroud hardcore scene in the UK. We are also going to release a CD to
accompany the book, which be out in October.

CHERRY RED BOOKS
ADVANCE INFORMATION

                              TRAPPED IN A SCENE
– UK HARDCORE 1985-89
Ian Glasper
                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                             

•    Market    Music Biography / Pop     •    Published    21/09/09

The underground hardcore scene of the mid-late Eighties was UK punk rock’s last significant creative gasp. Emerging from the wreckage of the anarcho punk scene spawned by the likes of Crass and Conflict, it took its influences from the studs ‘n’ leather punk bands of the early Eighties such as Discharge and GBH, and also the nascent American hardcore movement and the emerging metal/punk crossover scene.

Filter all of this through some through fiercely DIY aesthetics and you had a potent movement that spawned such seminal acts as Napalm Death, ENT, The Stupids and Heresy. With the backing of John Peel and an unwavering work ethic, these bands, and the labels that launched them (including Earache and Peaceville – both now widely regarded as having some of the finest metal rosters in the world), pushed musical boundaries into new and previously unexplored avenues of extremity, helping to shape the alternative music scene we know and love today.
 
Ian Glasper is the critically acclaimed author of two previous books for Cherry Red, 2004’s ‘Burning Britain’ and 2006’s ‘The Day The Country Died’, and ‘Trapped In A Scene’ is the long-awaited closing volume of his celebrated trilogy on the UK punk scene of the Eighties.

As per those first two books, it digs deeper than anyone has previously dared into a subculture that was as manic, exciting, innovative and defiant as anything before or since, if not more so. Constructed upon meticulously gathered first-hand accounts and heaving with exclusive never-seen-before photographs, ‘Trapped In A Scene’ is the definitive document on UKHC and essential reading for anyone with a passing interest in the convoluted evolution of genuinely challenging punk music.

Other Ian Glasper titles published by Cherry Red Books:

The Day The Country Died: A History Of Anarcho Punk 1980 To 1984
ISBN: 978 1 901447 705
480 Pages / Paperback

Burning Britain: A History Of UK Punk 1980 to 1984
ISBN: 1-901447-24-3
414 Pages / Paperback

 

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THE RABBLE RETURN

New Zealand street punks The Rabble return to the UK in August  for a European tour. Catch the excellent Kiwi band at Rebellion and a few select UK shows including Londons Underworld.

 

THE RABBLE-THE NEW GENERATION EUROPEAN TOUR 2009

‘JUST LIKE OLD FRIENDS’

06.08. Glasgow – Stereo
08.08. Blackpool – Rebellion
10.08. London – Underworld
12.08. Dunkerque – TBA (France)
13.08. Brüssel – TBA (Belgium)
14.08. Aarlon – Entrepot (Belgium)
15.08. Torgau – Endless Summer Festival
16.08. Tábor – Subculture Festival (Czech Republic)
18.08. Stuttgart – Landespavillion (Germany)  
21.08. Moravska Trebova – Fest Pod Parou (Czech Republic)  
22.08. Bamberg – Rock My Ass Festival (Germany)
24.08. Paris – Le parvis de Bagnolet (France)
26.08. Soustons – Le Live (France)
28.08. Marseille – The Black Hand Inn (France)

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ROWLAND S HOWARD SINGLE

POP CRIMES
7" single released August 24 (plus Itunes download)
Hear ‘Pop Crimes’ and ‘(I Know) A Girl Called Jonny’ now on the Passport audio player here: http://www.passportlabel.com/music_video/

Next month The Passport Label releases a 7" for Australian rock pioneer, Rowland S. Howard (http://www.passportlabel.com/artists/150:rowland-s-howard). Pop Crimes is released in the UK on August 24 on our signature limited heavyweight vinyl and will also be available to download from iTunes. ‘Pop Crimes’ is also the title track from his first solo album in ten years, to be released in Australia this September.

Rowland S. Howard is a musician whose distinctive style and sound has resonated across the underground rock landscape for three decades. His bands have included The Boys Next Door, The Birthday Party, These Immortal Souls, Crime and The City Solution, Honeymoon in Red, and his collaborations have involved such dissidents as Lydia Lunch, Thurston Moore, Nick Cave and the late Nikki Sudden.

To the delight of his local following, Howard made a rare appearance at the Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Australia earlier this year. It was at these shows that he presented the astonishing new songs from his forthcoming album in a set that encompassed everything from the stunning Shivers which he penned in the late seventies through to material from his acclaimed 1999 album Teenage Snuff Film.

The Passport 7” single features the dramatic ‘Pop Crimes’ as well as the magnificent duet, ‘(I Know) A Girl Called Jonny’. Joined by long-term collaborators Mick Harvey (who has played with Rowland for over 30 years), JP Shiloh (Hungry Ghosts) and producer Lindsay Gravina, Howard is out front on guitar delivering his weary, almost journalistic vocal, dispassionately sitting amidst the sweaty panic of the music, adding to the ill ease.

The band lurch in to ‘Pop Crimes’ as if dragging a rain soaked body across a muddy field. The ghosts of Lee Hazlewood, Snatch, Sergio Leone, The Shangri-Las and nameless guys from a never known chain gang watch on. Within the first few breaths, Howard references Stalin, Calvary and genocide, whilst razoring guitar lines, the current crop of post-punk revisionists could only fantasize about.

‘(I Know) A Girl Called Jonny’ sees Jonnine Standish from HTRK sidle up to the microphone for a duet that will melt even the coldest of hearts. It’s a glorious missing link between the New York girl group sound and the street smarts of Suicide.

Rowland S. Howard makes a fabulous character study of sheer longevity and creativity in the face of commercial blandness. Not to be outshined by his former associates, here he proves his timeless genius as an inspiration to lovers of darkness everywhere.

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JELLO BIAFRAS’ BIO

 

As Jello Biafra is heading to the uk for his Vive Le Punk/Big Cheese sponsored tour-heres a rundown of how he got his band together.

 

Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine
Bio

     In the twenty or so years since his brainchild Dead Kennedys 
officially disbanded,Jello Biafra has made a career of spoken word 
gigs interspersed with musical collaborations with some of the  most 
compelling figures in underground music. Recording projects and 
touring with the likes of Melvins, No Means No, DOA, Mojo Nixon and 
Lard (with Ministry’s Al Jorgensen) among others have kept his 
"hardcore as political weapon" message sharp, but the lack of his own 
band made these collaborations usually short-lived and  left Biafra 
with a ton of songs that had never seen the light of day.
     Inspired by Iggy Pop’s 60Th birthday gig at the Warfield in San 
Francisco, Biafra laid plans for his own 50Th birthday party and  
finally decided it was time to start a band of his own. Ten years 
before he had been attempting the same thing with the likes of 
guitarist Ralph Spight (Victims Family,Freak Accident,Hellworms) and 
drummer Jon Weiss (Sharkbait,Horsey). They had also previously worked 
with basist Billy Gould (Faith No More) who was tapped for the new 
group. After cramming rehearsal for a month the four piece band known 
as Jello Biafra and the Axis Of Merry Evildoers took the stage in a 
sold-out two night stand at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall 
and subsequently spent the next 9 months in rehearsal for an album 
project.Before entering the studio guitarist Kimo Ball (Freak 
Accident,Carneyball Johnson,Mol Triffid,Griddle) was recuited and the 
resulting twin guitar attack took the groups sound to new, noisier 
heights. The quintet now known as Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo 
School of Medicine began recording tracks  for the upcoming LP/CD 
entitled "The Audacity Of Hype"(Alternative Tentacles Records) slated 
for release in October 2009, produced by Biafra and engineered by Hip 
Hop legend and long time Jello co-conspirator Matt Kelley 
(Hieroglyphics,Tupac,Digital Underground,Victims Family) at Prairie 
Sun Recording in Cotati,CA and San Francisco’s Hyde Street Studios.
The band’s sound retains some of the the spy-music-on-meth chaos of 
the DK’s while adding a healthy dose of Detroit style proto-punk mixed 
with layers of sonic guitar noise, and Weiss’ industrial excursions 
into metal percussion. Topically, the album explores how our forced 
Iraqnophobia and Homeland Insecurity continues to feed lawlessness at 
the top("The Terror Of Tiny Town") vs. a runaway police state and 
class war towards the bottom ("Three Stirkes","Electronic 
Plantation")."Clean As A Thistle" becomes more timely every day as 
"Family Values" blowhards get caught in sinful trysts while, album 
closer "I Won’t Give Up" offers an age of Obama anthem on how change 
comes from agitation from below, not glamor and soundbites from the 
top. Thirty years on,  Jello Biafra has made an album that solidifies 
and expands his uncompromising vision and updates it for the new 
century, with a powerhouse band that promises to be a terrifying live 
machine, featuring Jon’s brother Andrew Weiss (Rollins 
Band,Ween,Butthole Surfers) filling the live bass position recently 
left vacant by Billy Gould’s return to Faith No More.

 

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