Don’t get too wasted tonight because tomorrow is Punk Saturday. I’m writing this after I wrote this.
One of the best things about punk rock in the ’80s was all the mail you’d get. We traded tapes and zines so often, going to the mailbox was like looking under the Christmas tree. If you were in the band that started it all, your mailbox was more of a mail bag. Crass is dumping said mailbag out on to 265 Canal St. at 6 P.M. tonight.
The show is called “In All Our Decadence People Die” and it’s every zine Crass was sent from 1976 to 1984. Crass founder Gee Vaucher is going to be there and it’s her birthday, so it wouldn’t hurt to bring a present (I suggest cash tastefully taped inside a card).
Here’s the link.
Wait a minute. I just checked the link and it says it’s RSVP only and the list is closed. The show goes until October 30th though, so just check it out tomorrow.
Hang on. What the fuck? There’s a talk on punk zines at P.S. 1 tomorrow and it’s focusing on 1976 to 1985. It’s starring the guy who had that curious Crass show. Lemme ask him what’s going on.
I’m back. I asked him if it’s a coincidence and he said, “Yeah, seems to be.” This is weird. It’s like when Britain came up with their Dennis the Menace the exact same month America came up with theirs (March, 1951).
But wait, there’s more: Gee is going to be doing a Q&A at 265 Canal st. place at 4PM on Saturday so head straight there after the P.S. 1 talk.
The Canal St. show is in the link above and here’s all the info on the P.S. 1 thingie:
Saturday, October 1, 2 P.M., The Classroom Gallery U (3rd Floor)
Panel Discussion of the history of British punk fanzines, moderated by Vivien Goldman with Toby Mott, Victor Brand, British fanzine legend Joly and Michael Gonzales. Presented by Andrew Roth and PPP Editions.
We Are the Writing on the Wall
Gallery M (3rd Floor)
An exhibition of one hundred vintage British Punk fanzines from The Mott Collection.
100 Fanzines / 10 Years of British Punk: 1976-1985, featuring writings by Vic Brand and Toby Mott, and designed by Garrick Gott. Compiled and published in one volume by PPP Editions.
The NY Art Book Fair
MoMA P.S. 1
30 September – 2 October, 2011
22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
Here are some pics from the Canal St. show:
Above is an incredibly rare newspaper that Crass put out. Gee did the layout. They only put out three issues.
Then there’s these: