PM Press- Songs of Freedom: The James Connolly Songbook & Other Releases & Events

 PM Press- Songs of Freedom: The James Connolly Songbook & Other Releases & Events
New Releases/Events/News
August 2013

August brings both listenable and historical songbooks celebrating the life and work of martyred Irish revolutionary James Connolly. From the land down under comes How to Make Trouble and Influence People, an inspiring, and at times hilarious, record of resistance that will appeal to readers everywhere. And finally, Norman Nawrocki’s epic novel Cazzarola! spans 130 years in the life of the Discordias, a fictional family of Italian anarchists.

We have a plethora of great news, reviews, and events. We can’t list everything happening in one email, but click on the relevant images for more info or check it all out HERE.

Songs of Freedom: The James Connolly Songbook
James Connolly, edited by Mat Callahan with a preface by Theo Dorgan and foreword by James Connolly Heron
PB | ISBN: 9781604868265 | $12.95
Songs of Freedom is a celebration of the life and work of James Connolly, the Irish revolutionary socialist martyred by the British government for his role in the Easter Rising of 1916. It is at once a collection of stirring revolutionary songs and a vital historical document. For the first time in a hundred years, readers will find Connolly’s original Songs of Freedom as well as the 1919 Connolly Souvenir program published in Dublin for a concert commemorating Connolly’s birth. Both are reproduced exactly as they originally appeared, providing a fascinating glimpse of the workers’ struggle at the beginning of the last century. To complete the picture is included the James Connolly Songbook of 1972, which contains not only the most complete selection of Connolly’s lyrics, but also historical background essential to understanding the context in which the songs were written and performed.
Also available is the Songs of Freedom CD of Connolly’s songs performed by The James Connolly Songs of Freedom Band. Songs of Freedomaccomplishes the difficult task of making contemporary music out of old revolutionary songs. Giving expression to Connolly’s internationalism, musical influences ranging from traditional Irish airs to American rhythm and blues are combined here in refreshing creativity.

How to Make
How to Make Trouble and Influence People: Pranks, Protests, Graffiti & Political Mischief-Making from across Australia
by Iain McIntyre with forewords by Andrew Hansen and Josh MacPhee
PB | ISBN: 9781604865950 | $24.95
This book reveals Australia’s radical past through more than 500 tales of Indigenous resistance, convict revolts and escapes, picket line hijinks, student occupations, creative direct action, street art, media pranks, urban interventions, squatting, blockades, banner drops, guerilla theatre, and billboard liberation. Twelve key Australian activists and pranksters are interviewed regarding their opposition to racism, nuclear power, war, economic exploitation, and religious conservatism via humor and creativity. Featuring more than 300 spectacular images How to Make Trouble and Influence People is an inspiring, and at times hilarious, record of resistance that will appeal to readers everywhere.
“McIntyre has amassed hundreds of tales alongside dramatic photographs in what is unashamedly a songbook for future culture-jammers and mischief makers.”   
—-Katherine Wilson, The Age

Cazzarola!: Anarchy, Romani, Love, Italy (A Novel)
by Norman Nawrocki
PB | ISBN: 9781604863154 | $18.00
Cazzarola! is an epic novel spanning 130 years in the life of the Discordias, a fictional family of Italian anarchists. It details the family’s heroic, multigenerational resistance to fascism in Italy and their ongoing involvement in the anarchist movement. From early 20th-century factory strikes and occupations, armed anarchist militias, and attempts on Mussolini’s life, to postwar student and labor protest, and confronting the newest wave of contemporary neofascist violence sweeping Europe, the Discordias navigate the decades of political, economic, and social turmoil. Against this historical backdrop, Antonio falls in love with Cinka, a proud but poverty-stricken Romani refugee from the “unwanted people,” without a country or home, forced to flee again and again searching for peace. Theirs becomes a life-changing and forbidden relationship. Both are forced to reevaluate their lives and contend with cultural taboos, xenophobia, and the violent persecution of Romani refugees in Italy today.
Cazzarola! is a powerful, blunt, epic scream against social injustice.”
—-David Lester, author of The Listener

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.

See the Combo Packs HERE.

PbPcropped Paperback Plus! e-Book Bundles Now Available

Our print books now come with a free downloadable e-Book edition. When you purchase the hardcopy book online from PM Press, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to download the e-Book. For technophiles, paper savers, and those without much shelf space, PM releases are also available separately as instantly downloadable e-Books. We are adding new PDF, ePUB, and MOBI files daily to work with all e-Book readers and personal computers. Read about our e-Books and file formats HERE and see the latest releases HERE.

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PM Press Catalog
We have a full 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 Spring 2013 (and beyond) please visit the  “Upcoming” section of our webstore HERE.

Recent News/Reviews 
PM Launches Paperback Plus! e-Book Bundling Program
Article in Publishers Weekly by Judith Rosen
PM Press in Oakland, CA, is the first book publisher to bundle free e-books with nearly every one of the physical books purchased on its Web site. Its new Paperback Plus! program had a soft launch earlier this month… After reading about the pros and cons of e-book bundling, PM decided to move forward with its own e-book/print book package. In many ways e-book bundling is just one more attempt to continue the six-year-old press’s steady growth and to stay ahead in a business in transition.

Read the full article HERE.
Human Front
The Human Front in Locus
Review by Russell Letson
Ken MacLeod’s Sidewise Award-winning novella The Human Front is now the centerpiece of one of Terry Bisson’s Outspoken Authors series from PM Press. There’s a “Plus…” on the cover and title page, indicating the inclusion of a pair of reflective essays by the author, an interview conducted by Bisson, and an extensive bibliography of MacLeod’s fiction and non-fiction. The elements of the package interact nicely.

Read the full review HERE.
Snitch World on Counterpunch
Review by Ben Terrall
Jim Nisbet’s just published (by the adventurous Green Arcade, an imprint from PM Press) Snitch World is a warped valentine to an all too quickly disappearing San Francisco where working class stiffs share stories of longshore union actions and class-consciousness dominates everyday life. More accessible than some of his other work, Snitch World is a fun, twisted book, and if as widely read as it should be, will further solidify Nisbet’s reputation as a writer’s writer.

Read the full review HERE.
New Taboos Reviewed in Publishers Weekly
Lyricist and “Dread Lord” of cyberpunk John Shirley releases a full-throated howl about the twinned perils of corporate hegemony and citizen apathy. The latest in PM’s Outspoken Authors series matches up an original novella,A State of Imprisonment, with two essays and an interview conducted by Terry Bisson. Darkly humorous and deeply unsettling, the novella saves its real sting for the denouement. Brief but potent, the book is a treat for Shirley fans, and a reasonable starting point for newcomers.

Read the full review HERE.
Revolution at Point Zero in n+1
Review by Dayna Tortorici
The common strategy of these early essays—-which extends throughout Federici’s work—-is one of accounting: by recasting all the social activities women perform as “work,” Federici economizes them to the point of logical extremity. The point isn’t actually to put a price on perfunctory marital sex, or to max out categories of value so that their utility disintegrates; it’s to illuminate how supposedly noncapitalist activities shore up the economic system that structures and controls so much of our lives.
Read the full review HERE.
Maroon the Implacable in Against the Current
Review by Steve Bloom
Russell Maroon Shoatz is not a household name. Even within the milieu of those who are engaged in work to free the many political prisoners in the United States there are some who have not heard about his case… This book is a collection of essays, composed mostly for the education of fellow prisoners. It is written, therefore, in a popular style that’s easy to read. But it is also filled with deep and profound insights. That is a rare combination. If you are interested in a book which will challenge you in creative and intelligent ways, read this one.
Read the full review HERE.
All Power to the Councils! in Anarchist Studies Journal
Review by Matthew S. Adams
Through judicious footnoting and brief contextual overviews at the beginning of each section, All Power to the Councils! deftly conveys the complex, and often overlapping political allegiances that characterized post-war radicalism in Germany. Its stress on the multiple strands of political dissent that defined the radical terrain in Germany is an important challenge to the dominant historical treatments, and it makes an important contribution by making the words of those involved in the Revolution available in English for the first time.
Read the full review HERE.
Towards Collective Liberation in Sadie Magazine
Review by Katy Otto
Towards Collective Liberation provides a balanced look at the value of historical understanding, ongoing analysis, imagination, self-inquiry, critique, sustainability practices, communication and messaging, and loving interrogation of ourselves as equally urgent components to building a groundswell social change movement. Crass is honest about his own mistakes and shortcomings, and humble in his assertion that we must be able to, not only face these head-on as organizers, but also to recognize that addressing ingrained systems of oppression within our own thinking is absolutely necessary to doing this work authentically.
Read the the full review HERE.
Operation Marriage on Shaping Youth
Review by Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Operation Marriage by Cynthia Chin-Lee is a true tale told through the lens of a child, capturing the essence of how marriage discrimination lands on kids with pain and confusion. It poignantly speaks to how children get caught up in the tornado spin of conflicting ideologies as innocent bystanders of sociopolitical jockeying. Beautifully illustrated by Lea Lyon, Operation Marriage received a Gold Medal in the annual Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in the Spirit/Compassion category.
Read the full review HERE.
Spray Paint the Walls on the Arts Fuse
Review by Adam Ellsworth
The book’s real strength comes from author Stevie Chick’s use of research and his ability to place Black Flag’s story in a wider context. Whether he’s writing about surf culture, skate culture, or the history of garage rock, Chick does so with authority, and he braids these loose asides beautifully into the “facts” of Black Flag’s history. It seems obvious that a writer should do this, but too many don’t, and Chick deserves praise for pulling it off so well.
Read the full review HERE.

Upcoming Events 
Summer of Solidarity Bay Area Tour Stop (San Francisco), August 30
Join the PM Press book table, and local and visiting friends, at the SF Labor Summer of Solidarity Concert and Forum, as part of the National Labor Solidarity Tour. Come for a storytelling and multimedia presentation at ILWU Local 34.

See event details HERE.

San Francisco Zine Fest, August 31-September 1
SF Zine Fest is a free, annual two-day conference for independent and underground publishing. Exhibitors come from all over the West Coast, and while the focus is on zines, all walks of DIY life are represented: comics, arts and crafts, literary presses, and more.
See event details HERE.
Peter Kuper’s Drawn to New York Art Show at MoCCA Gallery (NYC), September 3-October 5
Join Peter Kuper for a month-long show at the Society of Illustrators Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Gallery between September 3rd and October 5th, with reception on September 25th, to celebrate his new PM Press release Drawn to New York: An Illustrated Chronicle of Three Decades in New York City.

See event details HERE.
Victoria Anarchist Bookfair (Victoria, BC), September 14-15
The Victoria Anarchist Bookfair is for anarchists and non-anarchists, with participants from all over North America and beyond and includes workshops on a wide range of topics. Our theme this year is Eco-Defense. We aim to highlight various environmental threats and the resistance movements that have formed against them.

See event details HERE.
Petaluma Progressive Festival (Petaluma, CA), September 15
Join PM Press at the 16th Annual Petaluma Progressive Festival, a free event that provides the opportunity to meet representatives from many social justice, environmental, labor, and other community organizations. Co-hosted by The Petaluma Progressives and Occupy Petaluma.

See event details HERE.
For more events click here.
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To join the Friends of PM click here.

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