Pauline Black and “2-Tone London” at Housmans

This just in from Nik at Housmans – sounds good, but I’m not too sure about the claim that Pauline was “the only woman in a movement dominated by men”. What about The Bodysnatchers, an all-girl band on the Two Tone label? The group included Rhoda Dakar, whose harrowing solo-single “The Boiler” I’ve written about …

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two new Dancehall books

I’ve reviewed both these books in the new issue of The Wire (with Roy Harper on the front and an ace advert for the new Bug/Soul Jazz bashment riddims comp “Invasion of the Mysteron Killer Sounds on the back). Both books are produced by independent publishers – and are available by clicking on the covers …

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Children of the Sun – Nicky Crane: the novel!

Max Schaefer – Children of the Sun (Granta, 2010) I first read about this book the year before last over at Stewart Home’s blog. My interest was piqued as the subject matter was notorious gay neo-nazi skinhead Nicky Crane, who I’d previously written about here when his appearance in a Psychic TV video came to …

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Tony White – A Porky Prime Cut

I don’t read a lot of fiction, but I’ve had time for Tony White ever since I saw him read from his novel “Charlieunclenorfolktango” above a pub somewhere in Farringdon in the mid 90s. He would have been on the same bill as either Stewart Home or some of the Attack! Books writers, or both …

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Dancehall book and film

Tero Kaski and & Pekka Vuorinen – Volcano Revisted: Kingston Dancehall Scene 1983 “208 pages, paperback, full of colours! paypal accepted” More info here This is a new edition of a legendary book that was originally published in the eighties. I’ve never seen a copy despite being on the hunt for ages. So I’ve ordered …

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More fire from Beth Lesser

You’ll probably know Beth from Dancehall: The Story of Jamaican Dancehall Culture, the lavish book of her photographs published by Soul Jazz, or her book on King Jammy – or even from Reggae Quarterly back in the day. Shimmy Shimmy have just published a fascinating interview with Beth which covers the creation of all those …

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pirate radio and revolutionary hedonism

More articles up at Datacide. Including: Alexis Wolton – Tortugan tower blocks? Pirate signals from the margins (an intriguing survey of pirate radio in the UK) Christoph Fringeli – Hedonism and Revolution: The Barricade and the Dancefloor (“Will true pleasure only exist after the revolution, or will it be indispensable to lead to the revolution?”)

datacide issue 11 in stock

I’ve now got a few copies of the latest issue of Datacide for sale or blag. Hit me up over the usual channels if you want one. Or if you don’t know what the usual channels are, drop me an email! I’ve had a chance to read it now and am happy to confirm that …

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Graceless: a journal of the radical gothic

Fanzine of the week #4 Available in print – and online as a free/donation pdf. (and from Amazon) “We demand that the goth scene be more than a black-clad reflection of mainstream society” I’ve written about goth on here before and it’s something that still appeals to me in many ways, although you’re unlikely to catch …

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Datacide issue 11

Fanzine of the week #3 With 64 pages, this is the biggest issue of Datacide yet! It also includes a contribution from me. No time for an extensive review, but all of the material here is well up to the usual high standard. FEATURES Christoph Fringeli – “Hedonism and Revolution: The Barricade and the Dancefloor” Stewart …

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