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NO FOCUS: PUNK ON FILM
edited by Chris Barber & Jack Sargeant

Punk has been analyzed as social phenomena, as musical renaissance, as youth subculture and even as an economic force. But never in relation to film before now.

NO FOCUS: PUNK ON FILM, edited by Chris Barber and Jack Sargeant, takes a journey through punk on celluloid, from The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle to Jubilee from The Blank Generation to Ladies And Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains. Featured directors include Don Letts, Penelope Spheeris, Julian Temple, Amos Poe, Derek Jarman and Billy Childish — rogue visionaries who picked up a camera in response to punk.


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Crass: Anarchism in the UK

by Gavin Mitchell
aka Alice Banned

One band, more than any other, came to dominate the post-punk scene. Through the combined use of music, literature, graphics and film, they relentlessly exposed the dissimulated horror and hypocrisy of ‘decent’ society. They had phenomenal record sales, yet have all but disappeared from history. During the time in which Thatcher’s government busied itself destroying communities, this band was pivotal in trying to build an alternative. You’ve doubtless guessed the band is Crass.

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Levity and Mystery:
an introduction to the films of Billy Childish

by Neil Palmer

Punk rock has long since become an umbrella term for outsider creativity worldwide, and Billy Childish’s creative-individualist stance has been and continues to be a factor in defining what punk rock means. Childish’s music, painting and writing have long been subject to investigation in various magazine articles and documentaries, but the films he’s made and in which he has participated, from 1979 to the present, remain virtually unknown and he has not discussed them at length before now.   

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Image cover no focus No Focus: Punk on Film edited by Chris Barber & Jack Sargeant takes a journey through punk on celluloid, from The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle to Jubilee from The Blank Generation to Ladies And Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains. Buy the book»

 
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Very low on the tone scale
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30/05/2012
I dearly wish someone would publish something about the scientology connections to Crass, there is a distinct area of silence around this bizarre yet true topic. Ian Glasper left the research he did out of his full-length biography maybe thinking it was too weird for the story and didn't fit. Penny Rimbaud snaps like a ratbag if you mention it and claims that Loder had long since left the Church, which I'm pretty sure isn't true, although I don't know what pseudonym his completion records or those of other Crass members may have been under. I love Crass and I think there are worse things to worry about than Co$ in the world, it would just be nice to see some openness about it all, bearing in mind the source of the funding for their label was Loder. Note that most anarchopunk fans will consider you in need of tin foil if you so much as mention this.
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