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The Great Catalogue Update Part 8: New Literature from AK Press

We just added twenty new titles to the English literature section of our website.

A resounding 10 of the 20 new titles can beclassified in the general category „memoirs/biography/autobiography.“ At the risk of sounding needlessly arrogant…Ive read 6 of those 10, and they wouldnt now be online if I hadnt found them positive / informative / educational / inspiring.

While the 70s and 80s might have been times of intense activity for radical and autonomous movements in Europe, the late 70s and especially 80s were very much times of retreat for radical activists in North America. Yet there were those who chose to continue struggling, many of them choosing the path of armed struggle, usually in solidarity with struggles taking place in other parts of the world. There stories are unfortunately usually those of much sacrifice, isolation, and often long prison sentences. They are at the same time the life paths of brave and committed men and women who refused to accept defeat and stood true to their ideals until, and often through, the very last consequences. We as militants and activists of the present day should at the very least learn about their times and struggles, and see what lessons, if any, we can take from their experiences.

The first such book, is „Love and Struggle“ by David Gilbert. Gilbert, an ex-member of the Weather Underground who continued in armed struggle through the 70s, was imprisoned following a failed armed action in 1981, carried out together with members of the „Black Liberation Army“. He has been in prison for now over 30 years, and is serving a 75 year sentence. He refused to participate in his own trial, denying the state the authority to try him (in contrast to the sentence handed to Kathy Boudin, who pled guilty and was released on parole in 2003).

Not new, but equally inspirational and moving is „Arm the Spirit: A Womans Journey Underground and Back“ which recounts Diana Blocks experience living underhground in the USA in the 80s, as a woman, an anti-imperialist, a mother, and a revolutionary.

„In a perfect demonstration that the personal is political, Diana’s memoir offers insights into efforts to build homegrown clandestine resistance to US imperialism. With emotional depth and a poetic style, the book brings a woman’s perspective to a subject typically dominated by heroic, male discourse. It also traces Diana’s political development on either side of her period underground, offering a history of the culture and politics of the 1960s and 1970s-especially the decisions that led many to take up arms against the US government—and an analysis of the political terrain of the 1990s, when she resurfaced and tried to reintegrate into a very different world.“

„Direct Action: Memoirs of an Urban Guerilla“ takes place in Canada during more or less the same time, but the book is written more in a memoir/narrative/true crime vein:

„The Vancouver 5, or Squamish 5, were five Canadians convicted in the early 80s of (successfully) bombing a hydro-electric power sub-station, the Litton Systems plant in Toronto, where components for Cruise Missiles were being made, and several Red Hot Video stores, accused of selling violent pornography. Now, finally, twenty years later, Ann Hansen, who served seven years for her involvement, tells the true gripping saga of an anarchist guerilla group.“

Staying in the same time period and still over in North America, but with a very different slant, there is „Bad: The Autobiography of James Carr,“ which I havent read, but from the description promises a lot:

„James Carr started fighting when he was very young and never gave it up. A child prodigy of crime in the streets of the L.A. ghettos and scourge of half a dozen boys‘ homes, his career in armed robbery was quickly cut short by arrest. In prison, he fought harder than ever and became one of the most notorious rebels in the seething California Penal System.
Linking up with George Jackson in Folsom, they led the notorious Wolf Pack, which quickly fought its way to a position of strength in the prison race war. Separated from George, Jimmy transformed himself from an openly rebellious con into a cunning thinker who manipulated the authorities and ultimately engineered his own release.
Carr relates the story of his life with a cold passion, powerfully illuminating the horrors of daily life on the streets and in prison—race riots, murders, rape, and corruption—from the standpoint of one who has overcome them.“

Leaving the subject of armed resistance in the 70s and 80s, but staying with inspiring life stories…

-„Jules Bonnot: Without a Glimmer of Remorse“ is, according to the description „an affectionate, fast-paced, but historically accurate account of the life of the extraordinary Bonnot – worker, soldier, auto-mechanic, driver to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – a man with a long cherished dream of absolute freedom, and the first bank-robber to use a getaway car; an anarchist who felt it his duty to lash out at bourgeois society, staking his all. A tragically romantic hero..“ I agree with every word. A book that will move you to tears, inspire you, and have you swearing vengeance on our enemies, all at the same time.

-„Beggars of Life“ takes place in more or less the same historical period, but over in North America, and recounts the adventures of a hobo in pre-World War 1 USA.
„If Jim Tully were a Russian, read in translation, all the professors would by hymning him. He has all Gorky’s capacity for making vivid the miseries of poor and helpless men and in addition he has a humor that no Russian could conceivably have.“ —H.L. Mencken

-“No Retreat: The Secret War Between Britains Antifascists and the Far Right“

An older title, which sparked much controversy upon its release. It is however certainly a „hands on“ account of militant antifascism in the UK from the mid 70s to the mid 90s, certainly in the category entertaining and informative.

Some of the other highlights…


*„Revolt and Crisis in Greece: Between a Present Yet to Pass and a Future Still to Come“

Written by the Occupied London collective and published by AK Press, this is an excellent book analyzing the revolts and struggles taking place in Greece over the last few years. For those interested in the subject, „We Are an Image from the Future: The Greek Revolt of December 2008″, is also available again.

* „The Accumulation of Freedom: Writings on Anarchist Economics“ and „Occupy Everything: Reflections on Why Its Kicking Off Everywhere“

In times of particularly acute capitalist crisis, a title on the much ignored subject of anarchist concepts and visions of economics seemed very timely, as is also true of „Occupy Everything,“ analyzing the causes, consequences, and directions of the current global uprisings and movements of resistance.

*Two books recounting the history of the New York citys late 60s self described „anarchist street gang“ Up Against the Wall, Motherfucker. „Black Mask and Up Against the Wall Motherfucker“ is a collection of texts, interviews, and images from this situationist inspired provocation oriented militant anarchist group, while „Up Against the Wall…: A Memoir of the 60s, With Notes for Next Time“ is one participants recollection and account of their adventures.



*Finally, but certainly not least, anarchist history and ideas…

Nouvelles Productions Editions Libertalia

Since the following post is only really interesting if you speak French, it makes sense to post it in French despite the somewhat poor grammar skills…

Suite a notre visite a Paris pendant le fin de semaine pour le Salon du Livre Libertaire, on a eu l‘ocassion de nous restocker des livres des Editions Libertalia. Donc plusieurs „nouveaux“ (pour nous au moins, car la derniere livraison etait il ya plus d‘un an) titres interessantes. Voila donc les nouveaux titres, vous pouvez en lire plus en cliquant sur l‘image correspondante. Sinon, vous pouvez voire la liste complete des titres de Libertalia disponibles sur Fire and Flames ici.

This Weekend: Anarchist Bookfair Paris and Riot in My Heart Festival Rostock

Fire and Flames will be attending the anarchist bookfair in Paris this weekend (and Stockholm June 16th). We will be there, and so should you!

Meanwhile, while some of us will be in Paris, speaking French, hording books, and gorging ourselves on Argentine food, another, more punk rock oriented Fire and Flames team will find themselves in Northern Germany, Rostock to be more precise, tabling at the „Riot in My Heart“ festival which we are proud supporters of…

Finally, somewhat closer to „home“, we suggest this fine concert…

Back to the subject of bookfairs, here is a first notice regarding the one in Stockholm…

As if this wasnt enough to get you up North, then…

Transparent Magazin #1

TRANSPARENT – das neue Magazin für Fußball und Fankultur.

Fußball bietet mehr als 90 Minuten Sport – durch eine gewachsene und beeindruckende Fankultur sind in den letzten Jahren viele Facetten hinzugekommen, auf die sich ein genauerer Blick lohnt. Im TRANSPARENT-Magazin zeigen wir deshalb den Fußball aus allen Perspektiven.

Neben den Fans kommen bei uns alle möglichen Menschen rund um den Fußball zu Wort – Spieler, Funktionäre, Journalisten. Wir zeigen den Fußball, wie er ist: vielfältig.

Besonders nahe wollen wir dabei aber den Protagonisten der Fankurven sein, den Fans und Ultras. Sie sorgen für das Leben in und um die Stadien. Dabei gibt es positive und negative Aspekte, die wir aufzeigen und kritisch hinterfragen möchten.

Im TRANSPARENT-Magazin reden wir also über die gesellschaftlich relevanten Themenbereiche rund um den Fußball. „Football, Culture & Politics“ – das ist das TRANSPARENT-Magazin.“

Inhalt…

SCHWERPUNKT: DERBY
Die wundersame Ruhe am Rhein
Muss ich meinen Gegner wirklich hassen?
Interview: Sebastian Prödl

WAS MACHT EIGENTLICH…
Ansgar Brinkmann

FOTOSTRECKE
Abriss Tivoli-Stadion Aachen

KULTUR
Feine Sahne Fischfilet

KOLUMNE VERBROCHENES.NET
Rivalen für immer

UNTERWEGS IN…
Paris und London

FANKONGRESS 2012
Ultras gehen neue Wege
Interview mit einem Organisator
Kommentar von Gerd Dembowski

GEISTERSPIELE – DIE ZUKUNFT DES FUSSBALLS?
Ein populistischer Reflex
Schöner Strafen mit Frauen

FUSSBALLFANS GEGEN HOMOPHOBIE
Muss das Sein?

„Subway Art“ 25th Anniversary Hardcover Edition

We just got our hands on two (yes, just two!) copies of this great classic. An essential work for any collector, 70/80s urban art nostalgic, or general fan of graffitti, boming, or street art in general. The book is hard cover, in huge A3 format (!) and of course end to end full with color.

During the 1970s and 80s, photographers Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant captured the environment and the imagination of a generation by documenting the burgeoning New York City graffiti movement. Now 25 years and more than a half a million copies later, their bestselling book Subway Art is available in a large-scale, deluxe format heightening the visual impact of their classic images.

With 70 additional photographs, and a fresh introduction and afterword, this collector’s edition illustrates the passion, creativity and resourcefulness of unlikely kids inventing an art form destined to spread worldwide and spawn the present-day street art movement.




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