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Pantomime Terror: Music and Politics

A welcome boost to sales numbers last month – some booksellers are doing it right. get them here


M.I.A.; The Partysquad – Double Bubble Trouble official music video Unc…

DIY Anti War Drones and more:

Pantomime Terror: MIA as Provocateur. Keynote address at International Centre for the Study of Culture, Giessen. 21 Nov 2013

Click on the image to get to Daily Motion to play. 55 mins. Thanks Raul Gschrey: it is on the same material as the last section of the book Pantomime Terror

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Pantomime Terror #music #politics

There’s a whole section on Wagner in this, and some humour. For the record… (you can order by clicking the cover to get to Zero then look for the sales tab lower right):

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Pantomime Terror: Music and Politics

Screen shot 2013-11-13 at 11.22.40Click here to order: http://www.zero-books.net/books/pantomime-terror


talk at RMIT Melbourne

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John Hutnyk
Pantomime Terror: MIA’s lyrical opposition to Capital, Google and the Border Patrols.

Monday 16 December 2013 4:30PM (room tbc)

Within the prevailing ‘keep calm and carry on’ conditions of the UK security regime, those who find safety in repressive complicity are also necessarily disabled from criticism of the war-effect as it appears everywhere. At best this turns anti-war opposition into performance, staged protest and the lyricism of music, song, drum and video. In this talk I examine the culture-inflected, low-intensity war alongside the shooting war. The video provocations of artists like M.I.A. (Mathangi Arulpragasam) can be read as dramatising difficulties that have occupied British South Asian musicians, writers, filmmakers and commentators in the context of a domestic civil liberties crackdown that replicates detention and terror security repression elsewhere.

talk is on the same day as one by Sophie Fuggle…

Flyers with room details:

GRC Seminar John Hutnyk 161213

GRC Seminar Sophie Fuggle 161213


Talk in Giessen, Germany 21.11.2013 18:00-20:00

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Note: The same day as this

New Cross Review of Books – Macon on aura ‘n swagger

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Anti-Monarchy Playlist (hat-tip/crown tip Morgan)

click the screenshot to be taken to spotify

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See also these promises, duck, coutts, speeches, FTJ and Radio Fascism

Sharpies (Melbourne Sharps)

a little bit of nostalgia – what was in when I started secondary school. Holidays in Frankston (!). Suzi Quatro was compulsory listening on a portable cassette player. A connie was a kind of cropped woollen cardi. Staggers were madly wide jeans (wide from the thighs down), bought from Epsteins. The knuckles game shown here towards the end… and the elbows… the dancing… indicate a little of the undercurrent of anger… Remember Lobby Lloyd, but also Hush…

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More background = http://www.furious.com/perfect/sharpies.html

It was all downhill after this. traded in the treads (woven sandals with car-tyre soles) and Skyhooks took over, and AC/DC (originals – Bon Scott era), and then later on The Radiators through to Loaded Dice at the Sarah Sands.

Iraq AC/DC

AC/DC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX05dWBoeUs – accessed April 7 2008

Marilyn Manson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOWmTyrz1RA – accessed April 9 2006

Doco http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=related&v=1ljXnV4Ibpk  – accessed April 7 2008

Comic stuff: http://gocomics.typepad.com/the_sandbox/2008/03/5-years-1-year.html – accessed March 27 2008

Sonic Border talk notes 2008

notes on the global sweatbox (2008 talk in Malmo)


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(ha! REF that if you can employers. Sadly, this never got typed up nor even given over to the mice to gnaw on)

Brazil event video from Canallondres tv

A TV report on the Brazil conference 22.5.2013 Centre for Cultural Studies Goldsmiths
A cultura brasileira no exterior vídeo do… by Sputnyk10 A cultura brasileira no exterior vídeo do seminário Panoram Brasil em Movimento organizado pela pesquisadora brasileira Rosana Martins na Goldsmiths University de Londres – Video Dailymotion.

old man Wagner, on deinem geburtstag (200th)

‘Wagner became involved in revolutionary activities against the royal family of Saxony. On Oct. 5, 1848 he was dismissed from the Dresden Hoftheater and he was imprisoned May 7-8, 1849 after taking part in an insurrection on the market square in Dresden that contained the Hotel Saxe (where Liszt stayed and performed) and the Frauenkirche.

When Wagner was able to escape Dresden, he went into exile for many years…’ From here.

Much else to say I am sure, but this is the highlight for me.

Cyndi Boste’s new album appeal

Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 15.06.37Hi John
I was wondering if you would mind if I posted a link on your page to promote my crowd funding project. www.pozible.com/project/22454
to raise funds for my new album ‘Nowadays’ Thought it was manners to ask! If you would like to purchase a pre-release copy of the album or contribute in any way, click on the link and away you go…..or just share the link……No offence taken if you would rather pass.
Hope all is well in your world.
Cheers Cyndi

‘Nowadays’ New album! by Cyndi Boste
Cyndi Boste is back! Help her record her 5th solo album ‘Nowadays’

Laal, “Gal Sun Chapna, Raj Lay Aa Apna” (Pakistan)

Laal is a revolutionary band from Pakistan.  Lyrics by Habib Jalib.  Directed by Taimur Rahman. Click on the image to hear the track/watch the video.

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Thanks Saleh for the tip.

BREAKING THE RULES talk Braga Uni of Minho Portugal 9.4.13

APRIL 9-10 2013
Detailed programme:
Organized by Joanne Paisana, Fernando Alves, Salomé Osório 
and Isabel Ermida


Talk: Braga 9.4.2013

‘Seems like the funky days, they’re back again’ - 1960s fashion and subcontinental politics in the 21st Century? – John Hutnyk
This talk will consider the resurgence of an Asia-inflected 1960s aesthetic and a thoroughly modern politics in the present. To what extent does a kaleidoscopic reference in fashion and sound make room for a political activism that owes more to street protest than an updated digital-cultural exoticism. The work of Sri Lankan musician M.I.A will feature, as will Frank Zappa and the Monkeys psychedelic era masterpiece ‘Head’.

2:30 9 April 2013

Location: Braga, North of Portugal, at the Gualtar campus of the University of Minho. The building is the Institute of Arts and Humanities (Instituto de Letras e Ciências Humanas – ILCH) and the room is the ILCH Auditorium.

Rave Against the Machine – Bosnia

Richard Rudy and co used to come show this film in my class at Goldsmiths every year. Just watched it again and it holds up. Click the pic to watch (24 mins)


Rave Against the Machine 2004 

During the Bosnian conflict in the 1990s the population of Sarajevo spent almost four years under seige. This is the story of how a troubled group of young friends strove to keep their sanity through the music they made; parties they organised; and radio they broadcast. We trace the story of Radio Zid, the wartime voice of Sarajevo. Using archive footage we visit the underground Club Obala, where partygoers found refuge and rehabilitation from shellfire. We follow anarchic bands and see the introduction of dance music through English visitors ‘Desert Storm’. With the end of the war we hear of U2’s visit and the present polarisation between the Bosnian progressive music scene and the pop-ethnic hybrid ´turbofolk´ music. The present outcome is that those pioneers of then and now are sidelined by the rest of society. Perhaps most surprising of all is the revelation that life under seige was much better than nowadays… life was cheap but by the same token that much sweeter and more vital.



Cork International Film Festival – Audience Award for Best International Short

Special Mention, Filmstock, UK?

Raindance, UK

Filmmakers’ Biography Richard Rudy (Co-Director) Graduated from Wimbledon School of Art, London in 1995, specialising in photography. A post as runner at The Mill Facilities House, London followed during which time he began writing and developing his own scripts and started production on numerous short films. His directing and editing credits include short films, both DV and film, and music videos. Rave Against the Machine represents his first foray into documentaries. James Harvey (Co-Director) Graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film and Television from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1998. Since then he has been working within the industry in various capacities from production running to third assistant directing. He has been writing and developing his own scripts since university and has directed several shorts. Rave Against the Machine also represents for James his first experiences of documentary film making.

“GOD IS NOT DEAD!” 8.10.2012 Goldsmiths NAB LG02 Film and Q and A with the director and others


EUROPEAN/WORLD PREMIERE – Monday 8 October 2012 6:30



Directed by young Turkish filmmaker Bahar Kılıç, “GOD IS NOT DEAD!” is a journey that cuts across the realms of music, politics and intercultural dialogue.

Shot in London, Berlin, Frankfurt and Istanbul, the documentary investigates European Muslims’ resistance against the epidemic of “Islamophobia” and their endeavour to transform the demonized visage of Islam in the West through music, creative expression, political activism and redefining the concept of “hybridity”.

The incredibly diverse stances, creative practices and routes of thinking displayed by the people in focus of “GOD IS NOT DEAD!” demonstrate a wealth that is unknown not only to the Western world who is prone to be infected by the virus of cultural exclusivist discourses but also to the Orient who’s suffering from amnesia.

“GOD IS NOT DEAD!” features exclusive interviews with and footage from Fun^Da^Mental and Aki Nawaz, The Kominas, Poetic Pilgrimage, Mecca2Medina, Mohammed Yahya, Nomadic Poet (The Planets), Quest Rah, Style Islam (Melih and Yeliz Kesmen), Sayfoudin (Germany) and Professor John Hutnyk (Goldsmiths, University of London).


The European & World premiere of GOD IS NOT DEAD! will take place on October 8th, at Goldsmiths, University of London Centre for Cultural Studies.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A Session with the director, the creative staff and featured names.
The event is FREE OF CHARGE.

All free thinkers and “rebels with noble causes” are welcome to join us. New Academic Building LG02

(Goldsmiths NAB LG02 – that’s the big newish building on the hill behind the back field. Walk through the main building and up the path, and up the stairs beside the gym. In the door, and downstairs to the big auditorium. NAB LG02 New Academic Building LG02. See you there.)



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