Essex insurrectionists CRASS are the centre of a major flurry of activity next month involving a new book, film and exhibition.

Formed in 1977 outside Epping, the band inspired a new movement of politically-minded anarcho-punk with a string of uncompromising releases packaged in the stark, thought-provoking art of Gee Vaucher.

Vaucher's work is celebrated in the new book Crass - A Pictorial History, which collects together photos, fliers, posters, record sleeves and more across 364 pages in, surprisingly, full colour.

The book is available to pre-order now through One Little Independent.

The book will be launched with a special event at The Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury, London on Thursday 11 April, with a Q&A and an exhibition lasting until 30 April.

Then on Sunday 14 April, Doc'n'Roll Film Festival present the London premiere of CRASS: The Sound Of Free Speech, a new film by artist and director Brandon Spivey telling the story of the early days of the band and their controversial 'Reality Asylum' release.

Tickets are on sale here.


Meanwhile, Crass frontman STEVE IGNORANT plays two shows in April at the Raven Hotel, Corby in 26 April and Glasgow Calling at O2 Academy, Glasgow on 27 April.

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