Last Orders for the Local : Inspired by the destruction of most of the best pubs in our locality and the increasing difficulty in finding a pub with a bearable atmosphere to enjoy a drink in, this pamphlet casts a critical eye over recent changes to pub environments and the emerging of theming as a marketing factor in various fields of leisure and consumption; and ponders how this connects to the balance of class forces and changes in the way we relate to history and memory.
Energy and Extinction 2004 : A wide ranging discussion written in spring 2004 concerning the chaos inherent in all energy options today now that oil and gas reserves are becoming depleted. In reality is there a coherent future for energy?
UK Fuel Convoy in 2000 : On the Fuel protests by hauliers and small farmers in the Autumn of 2000 plus our leaflet handed out to the Convoy participants. "Whilst many of the less ideologically befuddled poor supported this movement, it was left to the professional middle-classes to denounce the blockaders (most of whom earned peanuts compared to these well paid professional liars) as 'greedy' and 'voracious'.
Hope, Faith, Charity, Lottery : Since the defeats of the strikes and riots up to the mid-1980s, "which were in part against the gentrification of working class areas, the poor have been ever increasingly titillated by displays of what has been stolen from them, whether in the form of wealthy people living close to them or endless stories about millionaires, especially those who have won the Lottery".
Soaps : Difficult to know if this is local or global, the text is a critique of Soap Operas written October 2001. "Soaps are the vicarious community of isolated individuals, the risk free fake family consumed by highly stressed real families everywhere".
Notes Towards the Economics & Aesthetics of the UK's Great Building Disaster : On the great wages collapse and the moment where Antony Gormless's 'big art' and 'big engineering' overlap in the increasing aestheticisation of the environment and commodity relations. Plus a bit of a personal history...
Filmscripts.Miner/Butterfly Destruction. Part 3 Filmscripts.Miner/Butterfly Destruction. Part 2 Filmscripts. Miner/Butterfly Destruction. Part 1 : On the post miners' strike makeovers of the former colliery spoil heaps of South & West Yorkshire. Or how best destroy a profound subversive historical memory and an abundance of wildlife with it, including the threatened Dingy Skipper butterfly. This presentation is in the form of numbered paragraphs and a basis for voiceovers for some digital films that are nearly complete and will shortly be streamed on a web. All the central committees of various eco organisations who know of this project are furious about what has been said here especially our emphasis on the con of green capitalism. The film script on the Frickley colliery makeover is the most pointed clearly explaining how installation art and Fluxus-inspired "Pestivals" etc are increasingly playing a significant part in this new world 'green' (dis)order...and one a fall-out from Reclaim the Streets has found to its liking.
Long Lost Wildcat Strikes in the UK : A request from Loren Goldner in May 2007 to list the ten or so most impressive wildcat strikes in the UK over the last few decades. Loren needed personal information plus more intimate knowledge initially for a talk he was giving to some South Korean workers in the city of Ulan but with the broader purpose of writing two books on the subject to be published in the Korean language.
Derives, Housing & Real Ecos : The mid-1970s Lucas Aerospace Plan and community architecture. Jack Common and a Newcastle urban derive. Historicism and aestheticism. BedZed, the Stern Report and a Thames barge. Eco capitalism as the final saviour of markets and humanity. Written in the summer of 2007, the subtitles in themselves provide all the explanation although the general theses at the end really need to be remembered.
Scientists and Social Crap : Summer 2007 and a critical discussion of four early 20th century scientists although the real meat is reserved for the ecologists of the end-of-the-world like Lovelock and followers like Lynas with their cushty lifestyle offerings. ...Plus the con inherent in nature conservation.
The Writings of Jack Common : a biographical note & various articles of this radical Tyneside worker. Although little known in comparison to his contemporary George Orwell, Common's general critical take on modern capitalism pertaining largely to Britain was of a much higher order as he wrestled continuously with his own take on 'new' things unfolding beneath his eyes. Sometimes bordering on a near incoherence, at his best Common is like an English pre-Situationist before such a concept had seen the light of day.
Critique of Class War: Two Texts : Two Texts :"Death of a Paper Tiger... Reflections on Class War" - from Aufheben no. 6, UK,1997 & "Publicity of the Organisation and the Organisation Of Publicity" - a reply to the reply to the previous article. (Excerpts). This text was updated in 2000. On the level of appearances, which was always their main form of existence, Class war was essentially a marketing concept of the 1980s - a kind of anarcho-Saatchi and Saatchi.
Om Sweet Om : A cautionary tale of Stonedhenge, Convoys, Mutoids etc from "No Reservations - Housing, Space and Class Struggle"; News From Everywhere & Campaign For Real Life, London, 1989. "The free festivals on rural squatted land in the 1970's were largely an extension of the London mass squatting movement of that time...these events were an extension of a lifestyle organised around resistance to work and living outside the confines of the isolated family structure."
Notes on the Winter of Discontent 1979-80 : This is a composite of various texts on that event and is at times repetitive. Best read in conjunction with the following: Notes on The Winter of Discontent. Snowstrikes - was written by one of us during the early spring of 1980 when that glorious movement was on its last legs. At the time it was merely photocopied and handed out to a few people. In the last few years one intention was to combine this text with Henri Simon's very different overview of the same uprising in the hope of producing a greater synthesis. Spurred by this website this project was finally completed in early March 3003 and is a combination of our earlier one, Simon's, and a fresh look at that significant historical uprising. "The Winter of Discontent, forgotten and repressed as it may be, nevertheless still haunts the memory of this society. The only time the politicians and media can bring themselves to mention it is as their ultimate horror scenario that must never be allowed to happen again".
The Lump : This was written at the behest of German Wildcat in 1997. Later the intention was to use this text (obviously meant for another country) as a basis for a critique of "the buildings" within a greater totality which apart from a mass of scattered notes hasn't concretely progressed beyond a lengthy new introduction going into much greater detail about the rank 'n' file "Building Worker group" in Britain. Moreover, it is an introduction in progress particularly regarding the need to wrestle more clearly with the purpose of a rank 'n' file group. Is there any point in these bodies having any aims other than constant harassment of the many-headed authorities as any programme quickly becomes ludicrous?
1969: Revolution As Personal and As Theatre : Personal account of someone's initial development in a revolutionary direction in 1969, with a particular focus on political theatre.
Like a Summer With a Thousand Julys : An account of the huge uprising of dispossessed youth in the cities and towns of England during 1981. From the vantage of the present it is obviously a period piece though having quite an influence at the time of its publication. Some of the more general theoretical elaborations still remain useful though in need of making more relevant. A concluding sentence remains prescient: "The need is especially urgent in Britain considering how close the country is to a gigantic explosion, or, catastrophe if things don't turn out right. If the employed working class doesn't in the near future respond in a revolutionary manner, a death's head psychosis could lie in wait on every street corner. If fresh headway is not continually being made the floodtide of rioting could get jammed up and start to flow in the other way." Unfortunately, that is exactly what was to happen as defeat and destruction of community turned into the pandemic of fuckhead culture.
Postcript to a German edition of a Summer with a Thousand Julys : Originally a pamphlet called 23 Rough Notes - an account plus analysis of the urban riots in the UK in late 1985 - and situated in the aftermath of the defeated miners' strike. The notes were included in the German publication of "The Summers". Followed by a new (2008) afterword.
Once Upon a Time in Notting Hill : An historical, critical account - with a pronounced anti art bias - of the Notting Hill area of west London emphasising its alternative ambience and largely Afro-Caribbean riots that marked its existence up until its gentrified demise in the late 1980s as it became England's Hollywood. "Nothing Hill" is nothing like the Richard Curtis film - with broadly the same title - produced some years later!
The London Poll Tax Riot of 1990 : This pamphlet, "The Destruction of Toytown UK" was pruduced immediately after the great riot right across central London in 1990 emphasising among other things the destruction of this huge consumer venue.
Hot Time - Summer on the Estates: On the 1992 Urban Riots : A reflection on the urban riots of the early 1990s in Britain noting how rioting was beginning to lose its way; its apocalyptic innocence becoming maimed by the system. Followed by new (2008) afterword.
"Miner" Conflicts Major Contradictions : On the 1984-5 miners' strike in the UK. A new and probably quite long introduction has yet to be completed. This text should be read in conjunction with the following three webs....
A Destroyed Yorkshire Miner : Memories of John Dennis - a remarkable miner from Kiveton Park Colliery, South Yorkshire who kicked the bucket on the 22nd of May,2002. Originally, this was a pamphlet handed out free in pubs (often stocked behind bars) and gigs mainly in the South Yorks area where there was a great demand for it. This has now been followed by a recent postscript - completed in August 2003 - based on some of JD's final, though often crazed rants which nonetheless are shot through with profound comments. M-m-m-miners : Ah Hum! (Charlie Mingus take note!) An account of what is left of the coal mining areas. Cultural and educational recuperation and those who just couldn't adapt. The historical significance of the miners' defeat as springboard for rampant free market totalitarianism.
The Miners: Jenny Tells Her Tale : The best account yet of the Yorkshire mining community and of the 1984 strike from a woman at the very centre of this epic struggle. Along with other texts on the 1984 miners' strike, it has been published in a book by by L'Insomniac in Paris, Autumn 2004.
The Arts, and Other Social Diseases : - was found in pamphlet form in Housman's Bookshop, London, in the early 1990's. It seems to have had an extremely small distribution – our copy is the only one we have seen, no one else we know has seen or heard of other copies and it didn't appear to have been on sale in other likely shops. The author(s) would seem to be disillusioned ex-art students who give us a penetrating critique of their own rejected role and the illusions it is based on. We found it unusually thoughtful, self-reflective, useful and amusing on the subject in hand. It is followed by another short text - MUSIC NOTES: Reservoir of poses - on the failure of radical music. Read on...
Samia the Nutter : Reflections on the sometimes lucid 'sanity' of madness.
King Mob: Icteric & the Newcastle Experience from the early to late 1960s : Something of the unknown and viciously suppressed story of what happened in a northern city. How silence and the vanquishing of the real protagonists - the unmentionables - nonetheless facilitated a vast still unfolding recuperation on Tyneside. (The real story is still in preparation). Should be read in conjunction with the following.................
Lost Ones Around King Mob : Some texts around the King Mob axis that almost certainly would have been lost forever. An introduction was deemed necessary explaining some of the background to these still relevant leaflets and small pamphlets.
A Critical Hidden History of King Mob : It would have been better perhaps if this had never been written because it still remains utterly incomplete. Unfortunately a bad heart condition plus attack by gun-toting crack heads meant it was produced in haste as death seemed immanent...One cooler day and maybe it will be completed.
A Hidden History of King Mob (Posters/Cartoons) : Some of the visual material pruduced by King Mob.
Reply to Ian Bone over TATE GOLD : On supposedly flogging King Mob archive to Tae Modern and making presumably a lot of money.
1968: Wreckage and Bric-a -Brac series :
The following webs are additions/trajectories; even developments related to A Critical Hidden History of King Mob A further fill-in if you like. The forty year celebrations of May '68 at Conway Hall in London in 2008 and other memories of the time whether here or the media produced absolutely nothing in terms of valuable critical reflection and hardly surprising were dominated by hacks like Mclaren, John Hoyland and Tariq Ali. We really would have been too ashamed to attend......Some of the following webs are at times somewhat repetitious though set within different contexts and with slightly different interpretations.
And then there's the following:
The Redirection of Production: The Lucas Aerospace Plan : Today Latin American companeros go on about the Lucas Aerospace Plan of the mid-1970s. What we'd forgotten was that three of us had put together a piece on the subject which, as usual - and for one reason or another - was never published. But there it laid moulding away in a mice-infested cupboard!
A new publication on Captain White : A small portrait of Captn White that most interesting and profound of Irish revolutionaries who joined with Los Incontrolados - The Uncontrollables - in the Spanish revolution of 1936-7. White's unpublished accountof The Uncontrollables was destroyed at the time of his death.
Brendon Ward: Builders, Chancers and the Craic : Commentaries on the larger than life characters in and around the Irish building scene in London since the early 1950s. Many wild personal reminiscences.