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 vegan 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!

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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.

 

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.https://afiach.bandcamp.com/album/efa-supertramp-rhyddid-yw-y-freuddwyd

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Listen to the demo version of forthcoming song Blood Runs Blue from Killdren!

A satirical swipe at top-drawer blaggers and parasitical squatters, the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family – more commonly known to loyal subjects as the House of Windsor. This song was created at the last minute as a wedding gift for the sponging pair of pricks who managed to squander vast sums of public money at a time when child poverty and homeless levels are rising.
Final finished version and music video coming soon – check out their website: KILLDREN.COM

Thanks to RoyalShit for images: contestroyalty.blogspot.co.uk

KILLDREN – BLOOD RUNS BLUE (lyrics)

The original dirty squatters
Who snatched up all the land
Protected by an army
Forged under their command
These parasitical vermin
Continue to hog the news
A right royal distraction
A very convenient ruse
The monarchy still oversee
The Church of Eng-er-land
And sign off all our laws
The grip never left their hand
It’s falsely said we severed
The church from the state
How about we put
Queenie’s head on a plate

Cut them down in two See if their blood runs blue
Laffs aplenty when we run them through
To see if their blood runs blue
Cut them down in two
See if their blood runs blue
Oh lord, what a to-do
Squeeze the leeches and the blood runs blue

These lovable rogues
With their nationalist roots
PR mishaps and
Nazi salutes
They rampaged
All across the globe
Slipping Jewels and relics
Under their robes
Whilst sitting in gold-encrusted finery
They issue decree
Over gourmet food and winery
And have the cheek to say
We should live within our means
When half the government
Are cousins of the Queen

I’m talking Cameron, Osborne, Johnson, Hunt
All related to that Lizzie
Fast forward the Republic
‘Cos it’s time to get busy

Cut them down in two See if their blood runs blue
Laffs aplenty when we run them through
To see if their blood runs blue
Cut them down in two
See if their blood runs blue
Oh lord, what a to-do
Squeeze the leeches and the blood runs blue

Come on now people
Dig deep, dig deep
This lovely pair of specimens
Need a handout for a hand up
Yes, a few pounds ladies and gents
A few mere sheckles
Can buy them the household essentials of a yacht
Think of how hard life will be without that yacht
It’s our duty, as loyal subjects
To chip in for the upkeep of this tired, dated and incestuous tradition
They’re everyone’s favourite Establishment pin-ups
But think of a Britain without the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family
They’re as British as rain and binge drinking
But it does make one wonder…
If we cut them down in two…
Will their blood… run blue?!

Get with the programme
And squeeze these leeches
Televise Liz’s death
Instead of her speeches
Let’s rid ourselves
Of these parasites
Their last breath
As a tourist site
Stick the palaces on Air BnB
You pay for the week, but the first night’s free
Nobody likes a scrounger
We learnt that from the media
Evict them from our land
Now just an entry on Wikipedia

Stick their heads on pikes
And run them through with arrows
Drag them through the Mall
And hang them from the gallows
Stick their heads on pikes
And run them through with arrows
Drag them through the Mall
And hang them from the gallows

Cut them down in two See if their blood runs blue
Laffs aplenty when we run them through
To see if their blood runs blue
Cut them down in two
See if their blood runs blue
Oh lord, what a to-do
Squeeze the leeches and the blood runs blue