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Chris Robe talking at Next to Nowhere 6/17/17

Check out this recording of the talk by Chris Robé, author of Breaking the Spell: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas, at Next to Nowhere on June 17th 2017.

Breaking the Spell offers the first full-length study that charts the historical trajectory of anarchist-inflected video activism from the late 1960s to the present.

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Nuclear War? Nah. Massive Fires Haunt the Dystopian Future


"In 2013 author Elizabeth Hand was invited to Washington DC by a think tank that thought her experience writing dystopian science fiction might give her a useful perspective on current climate change challenges. Hand is well-versed in doomsday scenarios, but what she learned at the think tank about the risk of massive fires really startled her.

“We’re not looking at if a mega-fire is going to happen and overtake a major urban area, or a major residential area, it’s a matter of when,” Hand says in Episode 250 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “And we are not at all prepared for it.”..."


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"Songs for A Wolf at the Gate (is) such a pleasure..."


"...After the wonderful opener "The Prayer of the Beggar King", which is one of the most memorable renditions of St. Francis' prayer yet put to music, Songs for A Wolf at the Gate acquaints listeners with its large cast. Van Steenwyk's book turns the legend of Francis taming a town-terrorizing wolf into a society-wide morality tale, so here the different levels of the town's social strata, along with the beasts of the nearby forest, each get a tune with its own distinct lesson. Felton goes full-Aesop on "The Song of the Raven", where he sweetly admonishes the hoarding bird for stealing away the other animals' food ("Raven, Raven, don't you know that's no way to live and grow?/Raven, Raven, it's better to go hungry with friends than it is to be full alone"), while on "The Song of the Nobles", the ruling class's raucous gang vocals sneer at the peasants they casually exploit..." —Spirit You All Music

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Were Bakunin and Marx So Different? Mark Leier on Against the Grain

 

Despite the precariousness that it creates, why does capitalism survive?  RWhy didn’t Karl Marx and Mikhail Bakunin get along? What accounts for the conflict between the two thinkers that led to the momentous breakup of the First International in 1872? Mark Leier discusses and compares the backgrounds and ideas of Bakunin and Marx; he argues that they were more similar than most believe. He also examines the temperaments of the two men for clues into why they disliked and distrusted each so much.

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A Reasonable History of Impossible Demands: The Damage to Date 1986-2013
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The life and times (so far!) of the UK's greatest living songwriter are captured in a deluxe box set. 92 songs, on 5 CDs with a 64-page booklet.
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Looking for Freedom: A Celebration of the Music of Jon Fromer
SKU: 9781629631240
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Songs for A Wolf at the Gate
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Jon Felton and his Soulmobile combine Appalachian instruments, punk energy, and a hint of silliness to illuminate the plot, themes, and characters of Mark Van Steenwyk's book, A Wolf at the Gate.
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Songs of Freedom (CD)
SKU: 9781604868319
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Far from the archival preservation of embalmed corpses, the inspired performance of a rocking band turns the timeless lyrics of James Connolly into timely manifestos for today’s young rebels.
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Starlight on the Rails: A Songbook
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Starlight on the Rails is the most complete collection of Utah’s songs ever released. Spanning 30 years of studio, live, and unreleased recordings this set includes Utah’s reflections about each song.
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The Liberty Tree: A Celebration of the Life and Writings of Thomas Paine
SKU: 9781604863390
The Liberty Tree: A Celebration of the Life and Writings of Thomas Paine
Leon Rosselson and Robb Johnson
A unique blend of words and music that reflect on Thomas Paine’s life and writings, connecting them to the challenges of the 21st century.
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The Mafia Principle of Global Hegemony (CD): The Middle East, Empire, and Activism
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Where Are the Barricades?
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