June 19, 2018
After discussions at the last reading group moved into ideas around education, what is it for and what is a ‘good’ education, this reading group looks at some texts on anarchist pedagogies. We’ve selected a few which cover both theory and practical examples.
Come and join us for a discussion of these texts on the 3rd Tuesday (19th June) at 7pm at Freedom Bookshop. The texts themselves are fairly short (8 pages for one- cheers, Colin!) so shouldn’t be too onerous and all available online as pdfs.
Colin Ward, Schools no longer (In Anarchy in Action, p.79 https://libcom.org/files/Ward_-_Anarchy_in_Action_3.pdf)
Judith Suissa, Anarchism goes to school (Escuela Moderna and the Ferrer School) p75-88 (in Anarchism and Education: A philosophical perspective http://rebels-library.org/files/anarchismandeducation.pdf)
Jeffery Shantz, Learning to Win: Anarchist Infrastructures of Resistance (in Anarchist Pedagogies http://rebels-library.org/files/anarchistpedagogies.pdf)
Justin Mueller, Anarchism, the State, and the Role of Education (in Anarchist Pedagogies http://rebels-library.org/files/anarchistpedagogies.pdf)
June 13, 2018
Freedom Press Presents: Albert Meltzer’s The London Anarchists 1935-1955 book launch and gig, featuring Gab De La Vega & Efa Supertramp
Join us in Angel Alley at Freedom Bookshop as we celebrate the publication of Albert Meltzer’s The Anarchists in London: 1935-1955. Meltzer was a contributor to Freedom and was a founding member of the Anarchist Black Cross.
“At the beginning of the 1930s British anarchism was barely clinging on as great movements happened elsewhere. By the mid-1960s however all that had changed. The movement was on the up, with hundreds of groups and dozens of publications to its name in a vibrant scene that would go on to make a major impact.
This is a story of the in-between years. Of solidarity with the Spanish anarchists as they fought Franco, clashes with Mosley’s fascist blackshirts, internment by the British State as it sought to crush internal dissent, of repression in a febrile post-war environment, and the bubbling pot as public sentiment turned against militarism and war.”
We will be keeping the bookshop open late, and socialising in the Angel Alley, there will be an amazing collective dinner provided. We are lucky to have a couple of amazing anarchist musicians coming to play in the alleyway so come along, have dinner and a drink with us, grab yourself a copy of the book, and support the local and travelling artists!
We are suggesting a £3* donation on the evening to go toward the performers’ travel costs, and if you purchase a copy of the book on the night then we’ll take £3 off the cover price. Any further money raised will go toward the Freedom Building Repair Fund.
*No-one will be turned away for lack of funds, if you don’t have a few quid to put in don’t worry, come down and enjoy the music and a meal with us anyway!
GAB DE LA VEGA (Italy)
After years of playing punk and hardcore, Gab De La Vega started his solo project, putting The Smashrooms hardcore punk aside for a while and taking up an acoustic guitar.
Minimal and direct melodies, where the punk three-chords theory meets vaguely folk veins.
Stories of real lives, political practice, criticism and theories, some daily life glimpse and personal thoughts come along with the warm sound of the acoustic guitar, soundtrack of a journey, told with self-criticism and self-irony.
I Want Nothing: https://youtu.be/nlVCF-ftNSk
Against The Grain: https://youtu.be/ItKfkHp0CC4
EFA SUPERTRAMP (Wales)
Efa Supertramp is a folk punk grrrl armed with just an acoustic guitar and a powerful voice. With her passionate attitude for performing and DIY culture, she’s been making a name for herself in the underground punk and folk scene with her truthful attitude to life and politics. Originally from Wales, now based in London, Efa sings in both English and Welsh, her mother-tongue language. Her songs are angry but uplifting, she hates money, power, greed and inequality, but loves living life as free as she can.
Drawing much of her inspiration from social justice issues, Efa has been regularly touring around the European continent since 2012, playing in squats, living rooms, protests, street corners, bars and festivals; supporting punk legends such as The Damned, Viv Albertine and TV Smith. Her debut album “Rhyddid Yw Y Freuddwyd” (Freedom is the Dream) was released in 2015, through her label AFIACH.
May 28, 2018
The West Country Brotherhood are coming to smash New River Studios dick in half, smoke a phatty and play some choonage with 2 BANGIN London bands- Zek and Apocalypse Addiction! 8===x==D- – - – - – - – -
It’s all in the name of foreplay + fundraisin’ for our Greek tour which starts the next day=hangover on a plane! Gonna be sick!
Skinners – Bath Leftist Powerviolence
Migraines- Bristol Sk8-HxC! New album, Young, Gifted & Fast, on bandcamp now…
Methxcamp- Bristol Tyskieviolence
Apocalypse Addiction- Apocalyptic dbeat/thrash from London
ZEK- Raw n raging hardcore n noisy Londoners
Creds for the poster art to Olivia Sparrow @ http://oliviasparrow.co.uk/
Venue: New River Studios
Damage: £4 / Liver
May 22, 2018
The London anarchist federation are kicking off a monthly reading group in the downstairs shop space of Freedom Bookshop. We will be reading and discussing an anarchist book, chapter or pamphlet each month.
For the first one we’re starting with some classics and will be reading two chapters from volume 1 of ‘Anarchism, a documentary history of libertarian ideas’, edited by Robert Graham. We will be discussing chapters 8 ‘Anarchist Communism’ and 9 ‘Anarchy and anarchism’. A pdf of the texts can be found over at libcom: https://tinyurl.com/jcv5s7f
The chapters include the follow essays/extracts:
Carlo Cafiero: Anarchy and Communism (1880)
Kropotkin: The Conquest of Bread (1892)
Kropotkin: Fields, Factories and Workshops (1898)
Luigi Galleani: The End of Anarchism (1907)
Jose Llunas Pujols: What is Anarchy (1882)
Charlotte Wilson: Anarchism (1886)
Elisee Reclus: Anarchy (1894)
Jean Grave: Moribund Society and Anarchy (1893)
Gustav Landauer: Anarchism in Germany (1895)
Kropotkin: On Anarchism (1896)
E. Armand: Mini-Manual of the Anarchist Individualist (1911)
After this trip to the 19th Century we intend to look at some more modern texts in future months although book choice will be agreed by those attending. Suggestions so far include:
Barbara J. Fields and Karen Elise Fields, Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life
François Martin and Gilles Dauvé, The Eclipse and Re-emergence of the Communist Movement
Silvia Federici, Caliban And The Witch
C.L.R.James, A History of Pan-African Revolt
Adolph Reed Jr, Class notes
Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet
Hopefully something there will pique your interest. Attending every month is not a requirement- just come along when we’re discussing a text you like!
May 12, 2018
LEFT FOR DEAD, THE COMMITED, RABIES BABIES, DISSENT
May 5, 2018
Seen enough Stalin banners for one May Day? Tired of explaining the Haymarket affair to Maoists?
Come to Decentre for a friendly social for anyone on the non-authoritarian left. There will be drinks! There will be crisps!*
Facebook event here, invite yo’ friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/1552914385016333/
April 5, 2018
Becoming///Animal (members of Zu/This Mortal Coil/Cindytalk), The Brain Center at Whipple’s, Mark Dicker
Chaos Theory proudly presents Becoming /// Animal, a new project by amazing collaborative duo Massimo Pupillo of Zu, and Gordon Sharp of Cindytalk and This Mortal Coil.
Their first album “A Distant Hand Lifted”, an intense, filtered orchestra that roars and hisses, becoming one with magnificent haunting vocals, has just been released by Trost Records.
The Brain Center at Whipple’s, an experimental semi-improvisational trio who use noise and electronics shamelessly. Last seen by us when they DJed at Mouse On The Keys, Mutiny on the Bounty and Strobes at Rich Mix last year.
Mark Dicker of Bruxa Maria and Palehorse, performing his solo project, rife with heavy electronic sounds and audio experimentation.
November 4, 2017 – November 5, 2017
South London Scum presents
Saturday 4th November 2017
have unfortunately had to cancel their performance to to unforseen circumstances!
@ Off The Cuff,
Arch 645, 301-303 Railton Road, Herne Hill SE24 0JN London, UK
7.30pm-1am // £7
October 28, 2017 – October 29, 2017
London Anarchist Bookfair After Party
A benefit to support the Anarchist Bookfair; with the finest anarcho-punk and radical folk music, spread over 2 rooms + vegan grub & cheap drinks… What better way to round of a day spent working on changing the world!
English radical folk legend
Political singer-songwriter, “An English original”
LIbertarian Socialist protest singer from USA
Punk anti-folk singer
The Rebel Riot
Street Punk from Burma – not to be missed!
London Whorecore Punk
Kill Bitches to Dress Foxes
Loud, angry all girl punk
London Anarcho, Anti Fascist, Vegan Punk
7:30pm until late, £10 on the door. Dont miss it!