October 24th, 2011Conference
At the Incubate DIY conference 2011, English punk legend Steve Ignorant was interviewed by writer and BBC commentator John Robb. John Robb writes for The Observer, The Guardian and The Independent and will interview Ignorant about DIY, Crass’ and Ignorant’s aesthetic and his autobiography The Rest is Propaganda.
In 1977 Ignorant co-founded, together with Penny Rimbaud, the anarcho-punk band Crass. With Crass, Steve Ignorant was one of the driving forces of the Do-it-yourself movement, and therefore a major influence on the punk movement. Crass was one of the first bands to arrange their own concerts and record sales without interference from the music industry and asked fans to make their own merchandise.Tags: 2011, conference, crass, diy, Festival, incubate, interview, john robb, punk, steve ignorant, the rest is propaganda, tilburg
September 6th, 2011Conference
Next week at the Incubate DIY Conference, John Robb, writer, BBC commentator and singer of the band Goldblade will do an interview with Steve Ignorant, one of the founders of legendary anarcho-punkband Crass. With Crass, Ignorant was one of the driving forces of the DIY movement, and therefore a major influence on the punk movement. John Robb writes for The Observer, The Guardian and The
Independent and will interview Ignorant about DIY, Crass’ and Ignorant’s aesthetic and his autobiography The Rest is Propaganda.
In advance to the interview between Ignorant and Robb, Dutch punk rockband Antillectual (who played Incubate last year) put down some questions for John Robb on paper about… Well, DIY and punk rock of course, but also on the digital revolution, the traditional music industry, The Ramones (so, punk rock again), the social contents of new bands, piracy and the corporate world, cutbacks on art and music funding and the legacy of Crass.
Check out the first part of the interview at the Eerste Hulp Bij Plaatopnamen website. The introduction is in Dutch, but the interview is in English. The second
part will appear online tomorrow. Interested in hearing more? Join us next week, September 16 at the DIY Conference. Be sure to get a ticket in advance here.
Here”s a short piece of the interview:
“There is still lots of young people thinking and feeling things: the student demonstrations, the anti-globalization movement, it may not be in the charts but who gives a fuck about the
charts? I think the gains made by the counter culture are so much part of the mainstream now that no-one notices them any more, they seem normal.”Tags: antillectual, conference, crass, diy, do it yourself, eerste hulp bij plaatopnamen, ehpo, incubate, interview, john robb, punk, rock, steve ignorant
August 3rd, 2011Conference
“Where are the angry young men and women of today who are saying: ‘this is all fucking wrong’, you know? What happened to that voice?
It’s all sort of gone.”
At the Incubate DIY Conference on September 16, 2011, punk legend Steve Ignorant will be interviewed by writer and BBC commentator John Robb. With Crass, Ignorant was one of the driving forces of the DIY movement, and therefore a major influence in the punk scene. At the conference, they’ll discuss DIY, Crass’/Steve’s ethics and Steve’s autobiography The Rest is Propaganda.
There is No Authority But Yourself is a Dutch film
directed by Alexander Oey documenting the history of the anarchist punk band Crass. The film features archive footage of the band and interviews with former members Steve Ignorant, Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher. As well as reflecting on the band”s past the film focuses on their current activities.
The film addresses the origins and aesthetic of Crass, and the DIY aspects of the band. About how
the backgrounds of the musicians differed from each other, the artworks, the message, the way of living that surrounded the band and how it all come together. We also hear Steve Ignorant talking about how Joe Strummer turned him into forming his own band.
You can watch the entire documentary below. It includes Dutch subtitles.Tags: Alexander Oey, conference, crass, diy, documentary, incubate, penny rimbaud, punk, steve ignorant, There Is No Authority But Yourself, watch
July 14th, 2011Conference
On Friday September 16, Incubate will organize the DIY Conference. The conference displays the development and ethics of DIY culture with lectures, interviews, film, panels and stands. Renowned speakers and artists within DIY culture, such as Michael Azerrad, Bill Drummond and Steve Ignorant will participate in the program. Through the Pay What You Want-principle, visitors can determine the value of the conference for themselves.
The Incubate DIY Conference will take place on September 16 at the Midi Theatre in Tilburg. It is part of the main theme of the festival this year: We Are Incubate, about the artistic practice, DIY ethics and audience participation in independent culture. The conference offers reflection on the extensive program of the festival.
The keynote speech will be given by Michael Azerrad, author of Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana (for which he is seen as the definitive Nirvana biographer) and Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground. He was a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and he has written features for amongst others New York Times and Mojo. Our Band Could Be Your Life describes American underground bands such as Black Flag, Sonic Youth and Hüsker Dü who, while finding relatively little mainstream success, did have an establishing role in American alternative and indie rock. The book was named one of the 50 best music books even written by The Guardian. At the Incubate DIY Conference, Michael will share the insights he gained while interviewing the bands and writing the book. (Photo: Getty)
Bill Drummond is best known as co-founder of late 1980s hit group The KLF and its 1990s “avant-art” media-manipulating successor, the K Foundation. With The KLF, Drummond scored multiple Number 1
hits and wrote “The Manual”, a book on how to write a Number 1 hit. The K Foundation is notorious for burning a million pounds in 1994. At the conference, Bill Drummond will give a lecture as well as perform his latest work The17. It is a reaction to pre-recorded music, where an ad hoc choir, consisting of the visitors of the conference, will sing one of Drummond’s works. The performance will take place just once at the conference. (Photo: Lucy Johnston)
English punk legend Steve Ignorant will be interviewed by writer and BBC commentator John Robb. With his band Crass, Ignorant was one of the driving forces of the DIY movement. Crass was one of the first bands to arrange their record sales and concerts without interference from the music industry and asked fans to make their own merchandise. John Robb writes for The Observer, The Guardian and The Independent and will interview Ignorant about DIY, Crass’ and Ignorant’s ethics and his autobiography The Rest is Propaganda.Tags: bill drummond, diy conference, do it yourself, incubate, michael azerrad, pay what you want, presspauseplay, pwyw, steve ignorant