PM Press- New Releases/Events/News July 2012
This month we have the long awaited oral history of punk rock in the UK, the second volume of the full color journal of art & activism, Signal, the latest installment in the Outspoken Authors series, Robert Haworth’s edited collection of historical and contemporary experiments in anarchist education, and an original translation of works from award-winning author Tomoyuki Hoshino. Plus some great news, reviews, and events.
We have a full catalog available and our webstore has been updated with book previews, e-Books, and even books signed by your favorite authors.
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PUNK ROCK: AN ORAL HISTORY
John Robb with a foreword by Henry Rollins
PB | ISBN: 9781604860054 | $19.95
With its own fashion, culture, and chaotic energy, punk rock boasted a do-it-yourself ethos that allowed anyone to take part. Vibrant and volatile, the punk scene left an extraordinary legacy of music and cultural change. John Robb talks to many of those who cultivated the movement, such as John Lydon, Lemmy, Siouxsie Sioux, Mick Jones, Chrissie Hynde, Malcolm McLaren, Henry Rollins, and Glen Matlock, weaving together their accounts to create a raw and unprecedented oral history of UK punk. All the main players are here: from The Clash to Crass, from The Sex Pistols to the Stranglers, from the UK Subs to Buzzcocks—-over 150 interviews capture the excitement of the most thrilling wave of rock ‘n’ roll pop culture ever. Featuring dozens of photos and almost 600 pages of punk!
“John Robb is a great writer…and he is supremely qualified in my opinion to talk about punk rock.”
—-Mick Jones, The Clash
REPORT FROM PLANET MIDNIGHT
PB | ISBN: 9781604864977 | $12.00 | Outspoken Authors
Nalo Hopkinson has been busily (and wonderfully) “subverting the genre” since her first novel, Brown Girl in the Ring, won a Locus Award for SF and Fantasy in 1999. Since then she has acquired a prestigious World Fantasy Award, a legion of adventurous and aware fans, a reputation for intellect seasoned with humor, and a place of honor in the short list of SF writers who are tearing down the walls of category and transporting readers to previously unimagined planets and realms.
Never one to hold her tongue, Hopkinson takes on sexism and racism in publishing (“Report from Planet Midnight”) in a historic and controversial presentation to her colleagues and fans. Plus…”Message in a Bottle,” a radical new twist on the time travel tale that demolishes the sentimental myth of childhood innocence; and “Shift,” a tempestuous erotic adventure in which Caliban gets the girl. Or does he? And Featuring: our Outspoken Interview, an intimate one-on-one that delivers a wealth of insight, outrage, irreverence, and top-secret Caribbean spells.
“A genuine vitality and generosity…one of the more important and original voices in SF.”
SIGNAL: 02: A JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL GRAPHICS
Edited by Josh MacPhee and Alec “Icky” Dunn
PB | ISBN: 9781604862980 | $14.95
Signal is an ongoing book series dedicated to documenting and sharing compelling graphics, art projects, and cultural movements of international resistance and liberation struggles. Although a full color printed publication, Signal is not limited to the graphic arts. Within its pages you will find political posters and fine arts, comics and murals, street art, site specific works, zines, art collectives, documentation of performances and articles on the often overlooked but essential role all of these have played in struggles around the world.
Highlights of the second volume of Signal include:
Anarchist Manga in Japan
Selling Freedom: Promotional Posters from the 1910s
Street Art, Oaxacan Struggle, and the Mexican Context
Covering the Wall: Revolutionary Murals in 1970s Portugal
Røde Mor: Danish printmaking, pop music, and politics
“Signal reads like a magazine in that it consists of a number of smaller, independent articles but the loose continuity of subject holds it together as a book. Dunn and MacPhee are filling a void in terms of political graphics; there’s a lot of material for them to cover and this is solid start.” —-Printeresting.org
ANARCHIST PEDAGOGIES: COLLECTIVE ACTIONS, THEORIES, AND CRITICAL REFLECTIONS ON EDUCATION
Edited by Robert H. Haworth with an afterword by Allan Antliff
PB | ISBN: 9781604864847 | $24.95
Contributors to this edited volume engage readers in important and challenging issues in the area of anarchism and education. From Francisco Ferrer’s modern schools in Spain and the Work People’s College in the United States, to contemporary actions in developing “free skools” in the UK and Canada, to direct-action education such as learning to work as a “street medic” in the protests against neoliberalism, the contributors illustrate the importance of developing complex connections between educational theories and collective actions. Anarchists, activists, and critical educators should take these educational experiences seriously as they offer invaluable examples for potential teaching and learning environments outside of authoritarian and capitalist structures. Major themes in the volume include: learning from historical anarchist experiments in education, ways that contemporary anarchists create dynamic and situated learning spaces, and finally, critically reflecting on theoretical frameworks and educational practices.
Contributors include: David Gabbard, Jeffery Shantz, Isabelle Fremeaux & John Jordan, Abraham P. DeLeon, Elsa Noterman, Andre Pusey, Matthew Weinstein, Alex Khasnabish, and many others.
“With Anarchist Pedagogies, Rob Haworth helps us to move towards a dynamic and lived praxis of socialist libertarianism, bringing together some of the most articulate voices on the educational left to thoroughly explore the theoretical, historical, political, and pedagogical elements of anarchism today. This volume is a must-read for all students of education, teachers, and those dedicated to the struggle for social justice. Bravo!”
—-Dr. Marc Pruyn, Monash University, Melbourne
WE, THE CHILDREN OF CATS
PB | ISBN: 9781604865912 | $20.00 | Found in Translation
A man and woman find their genders and sexualities brought radically into question when their bodies sprout new parts, seemingly out of thin air… A journalist investigates a poisoning at an elementary school and gets lost in an underworld of buried crimes, secret societies, and haunted forests… Two young killers, exiled from Japan, find a new beginning as resistance fighters in Peru…
These are but a few of the stories told in We, the Children of Cats, a new collection of provocative early works by Tomoyuki Hoshino, winner of the 2011 Kenzaburo Oe Award in Literature and author of the powerhouse novel Lonely Hearts Killer. Blending an uncompromising ethical vision with exuberant, freewheeling imagery and bracing formal experimentation, the five short stories and three novellas included show the full range and force of Hoshino’s imagination; the anthology also includes an afterword by translator and editor Brian Bergstrom and a new preface by Hoshino.
“The loosely linked stories collected in We, the Children of Cats home in on everyday events of millennial Japan only to slowly pan out onto alternate realities—-voyages, crimes of passion, cultural histories of treason, sudden quarrels and equally sudden truces. These stories explore the longing to be somewhere, sometime, or even someone else so strongly that reality itself is, before you know it, transfigured.”
—-Anne McKnight, Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies at UCLA
PM Combo Packs!
For frugal PM shoppers, we’ve teamed up some of our bestselling items in discounted “Combo Packs” of like-minded books, CDs, and DVDs. You can choose from a wide range of groovy Combos that save up to 50% on the list price, including the Autonomous Art Combo, the Outspoken Authors Combo, the Big Noise Dispatches DVD Combo and more.
e-Books Now Available!
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PM Press Catalog
We have a new PM Press catalog! So take a look, and start working on your wish lists now. Full color, 104 pages, viewable and downloadable online or request a free print copy HERE for yourself, or multiple copies to distribute at your workplace, bookstore, school, or gigs.
To view upcoming releases including Fall 2012 (and beyond) please visit the “Upcoming” section of our webstore.
Chumbawamba Call it Quits!
That’s it then, it’s the end. With neither a whimper, a bang or a reunion. Thirty years of ideas and melodies, endless meetings and European tours, press releases, singalong choruses and Dada sound poetry, finally at an end… Thirty years of being snotty, eclectic, funny, contrary and just plain weird. What a privilege, and what a good time we’ve had.
Cook, Eat, Thrive in VegNews
It’s easy to picture Tienzo as a modern day Julia Child, picking a dropped piece of seitan off the floor and calmly replacing it on the serving platter with a fresh one. Tienzo tackles dishes that might make other cooks quiver in their whites, such as a veganized version of Puerto Rican Mofongo and Sage-Ricotta Gnocchi. From simple dishes such as Strawberry Spinach Salad to complicated culinary treats (think Caramel Almond Bread Pudding), Tienzo makes vegan cooking accessible and engaging. Fingers crossed for a second course!
Read the full review HERE.
London Peculiar on Locus Online
Review by Paul Di Filippo
Moorcock’s prose is as limpid and fluid as a mountain stream, carrying the reader along effortlessly, while still achieving poetic effects that a lesser writer would strain for with pyrotechnics. The book constitutes not only the record of a wide-ranging, probing SF intellect, but also a mini-history of “Things that Mattered” in the past seven decades of Moorcock’s bountiful life.
Annemarie Monahan interviewed on WFCR
Interview by Karen Brown
Every day during Morning Edition, we’ll profile a different local author who has a new book of fiction out—-just in time for those lazy days on the beach. Three is the story of one woman with three possible life paths—-as a member of a lesbian utopian community, a housewife who starts to question her sexuality, and a doctor who dwells on her past loves. Monahan suggests the three identities spring from the same core being.
Listen to the interview HERE.
E. Ethelbert Miller interviewed on WritersCast
Interview by David Wilk
Poets’ memoirs are sometimes brittle and too carefully built to sustain a personal story. Ethelbert is not that kind of poet. He’s active and alive in every moment, and brings his readers right into his head and heart. This is a beautifully constructed and written piece of personal writing that I hope will find a audience far beyond the literary community. What Ethelbert has to say about being human and growing older is important for all of us to hear.
Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail! on Briarpatch Magazine
Review by Yutaka Dirks
The stories in Send My Love may riff on radical and revolutionary themes, but they are more entertaining than instructive; they don’t coalesce into a coherent politics. Perhaps this diversity, when approached critically, is exactly how the fictional worlds of Send My Love can stimulate our work: To be motivated by the raging, loving heart of the rioter, but to guide our actions with the calm, calculating mind of the professional bank thief.
PM Blog of the Month
Cindy Milstein’s Dispatches from Maple Spring (Montreal)
I’ve been doing dual-purpose with my pot to bang on during the weekly Mile-End Orchestrole by using it to hand out free red squares too as we orchestroll our way through the streets, sans permission. The Orchestrole itself, an outgrowth of the Popular Autonomous Assembly of Mile-End, does multipurpose: bringing friends and neighbors together, outreaching about the assembly that meets weekly, serving as a magical wake-up call in residential and business areas about the student strike and related austerity concerns, showing solidarity with the students, and asserting with our voices, sounds, and feet that special law 78 won’t silence people nor keep them from demonstrating…and making music.
Goldsmith Row Book Market (Hackney, London) Every Sunday!
Located at the junction of Hackney Road and Columbia Road flower market, Goldsmith Row is the beginning of the mile of markets that wind through the East End every Sunday morning. Stop by the PM booth every Sunday and see what’s new!
An Evening with Robin Hood and Jean Paul Marat at the Pump House Gallery (Hartford, CT) August 3, 2012
Join illustrator Christopher Hutchinson (Robin Hood) and author Clifford D. Conner (Jean Paul Marat) for a special night to celebrate the release of two new books that bring to life past revolutionary ideas, figures, and movements. Robin Hood: People’s Outlaw and Forest Hero and Jean Paul Marat: Tribune of the People both challenge the conventional historical narratives set forth by the established mainstream.
International Anarchism Gathering (St-Imier, Switzerland) August 8-12, 2012
All libertarians from the various anarchist movements around the world, and all those interested in learning more about anarchism, are invited to gather in the Jura mountains in Switzerland. We will be celebrating the 140th anniversary of the first congress of St-Imier that was held in 1872, when the St-Imier Anarchist International was created after anti-authoritarian members were expelled from Marx’s First International.
Providence Anarchist Bookfair (Providence, RI ) August 1, 2012
Join us at AS220’s Foo Fest for the 7th annual Providence Anarchist Book Fair! Every year, both the block party and the book fair offer a chance to share ideas, meet like-minded folk, and support the exchange of knowledge and the written word.
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