Gabriel Kuhn

Gabriel Kuhn

Gabriel Kuhn was born in Austria but soon began moving around with his artist parents. He grew up in various countries, including Turkey, Italy, England and the US, but returned to Austria for most of his formal education and a four-year semi-professional soccer career. In 1996 he received a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Innsbruck. The following ten years he spent hitchhiking and couchsurfing around five continents. He moved to Sweden in 2006.

Active in radical politics since the late 1980s, publishing projects have always been a focus. In the early 1990s, Gabriel worked with the Austrian autonomist journal TATblatt and anarchist publisher Monte Verita, before turning his attention to DIY zine publishing. Alpine Anarchist Productions was founded in 2000, and distributes pamphlets to this day. Since 2005 Gabriel has been working closely with radical German publisher Unrast. His book “‘Neuer Anarchismus’ in den USA. Seattle und die Folgen” was named “Book of the Year 2008” by Berlin’s Library of the Free. Gabriel also contributes regularly to the Swedish anarchist journal Brand.

Gabriel Kuhn has been refused entry to the US! To read more please check out the blogs below:

Life Under the Jolly Roger: Reflections on Golden Age Piracy, 2nd Ed
Soccer vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics, Second Edition
Antifascism, Sports, Sobriety: Forging a Militant Working-Class Culture
Playing as if the World Mattered: An Illustrated History of Activism in Sports
Turning Money into Rebellion: The Unlikely Story of Denmark’s Revolutionary Bank Robbers
Prison Round Trip
Sober Living for the Revolution: Hardcore Punk, Straight Edge, and Radical Politics
Revolution and Other Writings: A Political Reader
Liberating Society from the State and Other Writings: A Political Reader
All Power to the Councils!: A Documentary History of the German Revolution of 1918–1919
X: Straight Edge and Radical Sobriety
Life Under the Jolly Roger: Reflections on Golden Age Piracy

X: Straight Edge and Radical Sobriety

X: Straight Edge and Radical Sobriety

SKU: 9781629637167
Author: Gabriel Kuhn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629637167
Published: 9/2019
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 352
Subjects: Music/Activism

Praise

“Straight-edge culture is very diverse, and parts of it always had a strong emphasis on emancipation and equality, also with regard to gender and sexuality. It’s good to have a book acknowledging this.”
—Jenni Ramme, Emancypunx Records

“Forget the clichés—straight edge isn’t just about buff white dudes. Kuhn’s book shows that it’s a multifaceted social movement rooted in the intersection of DIY culture and political resistance.”
—Lori Black Bear, Sprout Distro

“Sobriety has historically played an important—and often overlooked—role in many social movements. As usual, Gabriel Kuhn tackles his topic with breadth and finesse. He manages to simultaneously address internal issues in straight-edge circles as well as demonstrate the relevance of sobriety and straight edge outside of the relatively narrow confines of punk and hardcore scenes. Highly recommended and a great way to take necessary conversations about addiction and struggle for social justice to the next level.”
—Anthony T. Fiscella, author of Varieties of Islamic Anarchism

“Kuhn once again brings a razor-sharp eye to straight edge, powerfully illuminating the gamut of liberatory possibility in the choice to not only reduce harm to oneself and this world but, crucially, experiment with caring, consensual social relations and spaces too.”
—Cindy Milstein, editor of Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief

“Perhaps the greatest reason I am still committed to sXe is an unfailing belief that sXe is more than music, that it can be a force of change. I believe in the power of sXe as a bridge to social change, as an opportunity to create a more just and sustainable world.”
—Ross Haenfler, professor of sociology at the University of Mississippi, author of Straight Edge: Clean-Living Youth, Hardcore Punk, and Social Change



Life Under the Jolly Roger: Reflections on Golden Age Piracy, 2nd Ed

Life Under the Jolly Roger: Reflections on Golden Age Piracy, Second Edition

SKU: 9781629637938
Author: Gabriel Kuhn
Published: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629637938
Published: 3/2020
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Page count: 272
Size: 6 x 9
Subjects: History, Sociology

Praise

“In the golden age of piracy thousands plied the seas in egalitarian and communal alternatives to the piratical age of gold. The last gasps of the hundreds who were hanged and the blood-curdling cries of the thousands traded as slaves inflated the speculative financial bubbles of empire putting an end to these Robin Hoods of the deep seas. In addition to history, Gabriel Kuhn’s radical piratology brings philosophy, ethnography, and cultural studies to the stark question of the time: which were the criminals—bankers and brokers or sailors and slaves? By so doing he supplies us with another case where the history isn’t dead, it’s not even past! Onwards to health-care by eye-patch, peg-leg, and hook!” —Peter Linebaugh, author of The London Hanged, co-author of The Many-Headed Hydra

Life Under the Jolly Roger will appeal to anyone interested in pirates and radical practice. It brings the golden age of piracy to life and shows us the link to contemporary radical politics. I recommend this book to those who identify with pirates and seek a well-reasoned analysis of their legacy.”  —Luis A. Fernandez, author of Policing Dissent

“Piracy is as relevant in today’s world as it ever was, and if you want to understand why it happens and what it really means, this is the book to start with. While modern-day robber barons give pirating a bad name, this important book restores the balance through a lively and provocative narrative.  Definitely one to read, and to treasure!” —Randall Amster, professor of Peace Studies at Prescott College, Arizona

“It is rare to find a book that is not only entertaining, but broadens your knowledge as well. More rare even, a book that not only enhances your knowledge but also your perspective: this is the first time the subject of pirates has been analyzed using such a variety of theories, each of which lets you see history and its stories from a different angle. Even if you think you could never be interested in the history of pirates, take a look at this book and you will be.” —Nora Räthzel, professor of Sociology at the University of Umeå, Sweden

“In addition to history Gabriel Kuhn’s radical piratology brings philosophy, ethnography, and cultural studies to the stark question of the time: which were the criminals—bankers and brokers or sailors and slaves? By so doing he supplies us with another case where the history isn’t dead, it’s not even past!”
—Peter Linebaugh, author of The London Hanged and coauthor of The Many-Headed Hydra

“Gabriel Kuhn does a masterful job of, piece by piece, dismantling all the popular myths about Golden Age piracy. And then, more masterfully still, he picks up the pieces and weaves together an understanding of why, knowing what we know, we still love us some goddamn pirates.”
—Margaret Killjoy, author of The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion and The Barrow Will Send What It May

Life Under the Jolly Roger is a carefully researched account of golden age piracy that departs from the usual ideological banter. Its fresh perspective on the cultural and political implications of pirates breathes new life into dusty historical accounts, connecting them to contemporary social issues with insight and clarity. Most importantly, it offers lessons for practicing nonauthoritative and egalitarian ideals in the here and now.”
—Emily Gaarder, author of Women and the Animal Rights Movement

“Stripping the veneers of reactionary denigration and revolutionary romanticism alike from the realities of ‘golden age’ piracy, Gabriel Kuhn reveals the sociopolitical potentials bound up in the pirates’ legacy better than anyone who has dealt with the topic to date. Life Under the Jolly Roger is important reading for anyone already fascinated by the phenomena of pirates and piracy. The more so, those who aren’t.”
—Ward Churchill, author of Acts of Rebellion

“It is rare to find a book that is not only entertaining but broadens your knowledge as well. More rare even, a book that not only enhances your knowledge but your perspective as well: this is the first time the subject of pirates has been analyzed using such a variety of theories, each of which lets you see history—its stories—from a different angel. Even if you think you’d never be interested in the history of pirates, take a look at this book and you will be.”
—Nora Räthzel, Institute for Migration and Racism Studies, Hamburg



Life Under the Jolly Roger: Reflections on Golden Age Piracy

Life Under the Jolly Roger: Reflections on Golden Age Piracy

SKU: 9781604860528
Author: Gabriel Kuhn
Published: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604860528
Published: 12/2009
Format: Paperback
Page count: 272
Size: 6 x 9
Subjects: History, Sociology

Praise

“In the golden age of piracy thousands plied the seas in egalitarian and communal alternatives to the piratical age of gold. The last gasps of the hundreds who were hanged and the blood-curdling cries of the thousands traded as slaves inflated the speculative financial bubbles of empire putting an end to these Robin Hoods of the deep seas. In addition to history, Gabriel Kuhn’s radical piratology brings philosophy, ethnography, and cultural studies to the stark question of the time: which were the criminals—bankers and brokers or sailors and slaves? By so doing he supplies us with another case where the history isn’t dead, it’s not even past! Onwards to health-care by eye-patch, peg-leg, and hook!” —Peter Linebaugh, author of The London Hanged, co-author of The Many-Headed Hydra

Life Under the Jolly Roger will appeal to anyone interested in pirates and radical practice. It brings the golden age of piracy to life and shows us the link to contemporary radical politics. I recommend this book to those who identify with pirates and seek a well-reasoned analysis of their legacy.”  —Luis A. Fernandez, author of Policing Dissent

“Piracy is as relevant in today’s world as it ever was, and if you want to understand why it happens and what it really means, this is the book to start with. While modern-day robber barons give pirating a bad name, this important book restores the balance through a lively and provocative narrative.  Definitely one to read, and to treasure!” —Randall Amster, professor of Peace Studies at Prescott College, Arizona

“It is rare to find a book that is not only entertaining, but broadens your knowledge as well. More rare even, a book that not only enhances your knowledge but also your perspective: this is the first time the subject of pirates has been analyzed using such a variety of theories, each of which lets you see history and its stories from a different angle. Even if you think you could never be interested in the history of pirates, take a look at this book and you will be.” —Nora Räthzel, professor of Sociology at the University of Umeå, Sweden



Soccer vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics, Second Edition

Soccer vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics, Second Edition

SKU: 9781629635729
Author: Gabriel Kuhn • Foreword: Boff Whalley
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629635729
Published: 1/2019
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 352
Subjects: Politics-Activism / Sports-Soccer

Praise

“Gabriel Kuhn’s Soccer vs. the State is a wondrous reminder of all the times and ways and places where football has slipped its chains and offers what it always promised: new solidarities and identities, a site of resistance, a celebration of spontaneity and play.”
—David Goldblatt, author of The Ball Is Round and The Game of Our Lives

“There is no sport that reflects the place where sports and politics collide quite like soccer. Athlete-activist Gabriel Kuhn has captured that by going to a place where other sports writers fear to tread. Here is the book that will tell you how soccer explains the world while offering means to improve it.”
—Dave Zirin, author of Game Over and Brazil’s Dance with the Devil

“Gabriel Kuhn has written the programme notes for the most important match of all, The People’s Game vs. Modern Football.”
—Mark Perryman, cofounder of Philosophy Football

“Kuhn is impressive in his global and historical scope, and in acknowledging gender and sexuality questions as well as those of class and race, as he looks at issues ranging from the exploitation of African players to the way the World Cup has been abused politically.”
—Tom Davies, When Saturday Comes

“Both the politics and the prose of Soccer vs. the State are clear. The view is internationalist, and the breadth of subjects covered makes the book useful for both football fans and activists.”
—Daniel Widener, Radical History Review



Antifascism, Sports, Sobriety: Forging a Militant Working-Class Culture

Antifascism, Sports, Sobriety: Forging a Militant Working-Class Culture

SKU: 9781629631547
Author: Julius Deutsch • Editor and Translator: Gabriel Kuhn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629631547
Published: 1/2017
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 8 x 5
Page count: 128
Subjects: Political Theory/History-Europe

Praise

“An almost completely forgotten episode in labor history.”
—Murray Bookchin, author of Anarchism, Marxism and the Future of the Left

“A foretaste of the socialist utopia of the future in the present.”
—Helmut Gruber, author of Red Vienna: Experiment in Working-Class Culture, 1919–1934

“The insurrection of February 1934 . . . left behind the glorious memory of resistance to fascism by arms and not merely by speeches.”
—E.J. Hobsbawm, author of The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century, 1914–1991

“Austria was ahead of the times and established a precedent for future revolutionary developments.” —Ilona Duczynska, author of Workers in Arms: The Austrian Schutzbund and the Civil War of 1934

“One of the big and important class struggles in the history of the international workers’ movement.” —Arnold Reisberg, author of Februar 1934: Hintergründe und Folgen



Playing as if the World Mattered: An Illustrated History of Activism in Sports

Playing as if the World Mattered: An Illustrated History of Activism in Sports

SKU: 9781629630977
Author: Gabriel Kuhn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629630977
Published: 6/2015
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 5 x 7
Page count: 160
Subjects: Politics/Sports-History/Art-Illustration

Praise

“Gabriel Kuhn dismantles the myth that sports and politics do not belong together.”
—Mats Runvall, Yelah

“Creativity and solidarity are as indispensable in sport as they are in social struggle. If you have any doubt, read this book.”
—Wally Rosell, editor of Éloge de la passe: changer le sport pour changer le monde

“Gabriel Kuhn is not concerned with moral reflections about how to approach sports and politics. Instead, he provides practical examples of how sport is already politicized and portrays supporters—and even athletes—as progressive social forces.”
—Ekim Çağlar, Flamman

“The iconic black power salute offered up by African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos during their medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City did not occur in isolation; it came in the spirit of similar protest actions at sports events, all around the world. In Playing as if the World Mattered, the reader discovers in brilliant detail what has been true all along—that sports has always been more than a game.”
—Sam Tracy, author of Bicycle! A Repair & Maintenance Manifesto

“Gabriel Kuhn has shown again that, contrary to whatever FIFA or the IOC might say, sport and politics are not only keen bedfellows, but have enjoyed a long and lusty partnership.”
—Will Simpson, author of Freedom Through Football: The Story of the Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls



Turning Money into Rebellion: The Unlikely Story of Denmark’s Revolutionary Bank Robbers

Turning Money into Rebellion: The Unlikely Story of Denmark’s Revolutionary Bank Robbers

SKU: 9781604863161
Editor: Gabriel Kuhn
Publisher: PM Press/Kersplebedeb
ISBN: 9781604863161
Published: 8/2014
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 240
Subjects: History-Europe/Politics-Activism

Praise

“This book is a fascinating and bracing account of how a group of communists in Denmark sought to aid the peoples of the Third World in their struggles against imperialism and the dire poverty that comes with it. The book contains many valuable lessons as to the practicalities of effective international solidarity, but just as importantly, it is a testament to the intellectual courage of the Blekingegade Group.“
—Zak Cope, author of Dimensions of Prejudice: Towards a Political Economy of Bigotry

“The story of how some pro-Palestinian activists become Denmark’s most successful bank robbers is more exciting than any thriller.“
—Åsa Linderborg, Aftonbladet

“I am convinced that they never even took a nickel for themselves.“
—Jørn Moos, chief investigator in the Blekingegade Case



Prison Round Trip

Prison Round Trip

SKU: 9781604860825
Author: Klaus Viehmann • Preface by Bill Dunne • Introduction by Gabriel Kuhn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604860825
Format: Pamphlet, mobi, ePub, PDF
Page count: 28
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Subjects: Prison Abolition, Activism

Praise

“Klaus’s take on survival strategy tells us we can not only survive thusly but can as well continue to serve the cause of liberation—which are really the same thing. We can be captured without giving in or giving up.” –From the Preface by North American political prisoner Bill Dunne



Sober Living for the Revolution: Hardcore Punk, Straight Edge, and Radical Politics

Sober Living for the Revolution: Hardcore Punk, Straight Edge, and Radical Politics

SKU: 9781604860511
Editor: Gabriel Kuhn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604860511
Published: 2/2010
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Page count: 304
Size: 6 x 9
Subjects: Radical Politics, Punk Rock, Music

Praise

“Perhaps the greatest reason I am still committed to sXe is an unfailing belief that sXe is more than music, that it can be a force of change. I believe in the power of sXe as a bridge to social change, as an opportunity to create a more just and sustainable world.”
—Ross Haenfler, professor of sociology at the University of Mississippi, author of Straight Edge: Clean-Living Youth, Hardcore Punk, and Social Change

“An ‘ecstatic sobriety’ which combats the dreariness of one and the bleariness of the other—false pleasure and false discretion alike–is analogous to the anarchism that confronts both the false freedom offered by capitalism and the false community offered by communism.”
—CrimethInc. Ex-Workers’ Collective



Revolution and Other Writings: A Political Reader

Revolution and Other Writings: A Political Reader

SKU: 9781604860542
Author: Gustav Landauer • Edited and Translated by: Gabriel Kuhn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604860542
Published: 6/2010
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Page count: 360
Size: 6 x 9
Subjects: Politics, Anarchism, Essays

Praise

“If there were any justice in this world–at least as far as historical memory goes–then Gustav Landauer would be remembered, right along with Bakunin and Kropotkin, as one of anarchism’s most brilliant and original theorists. Instead, history has abetted the crime of his murderers, burying his work in silence. With this anthology, Gabriel Kuhn has single-handedly redressed one of the cruelest gaps in Anglo-American anarchist literature: the absence of almost any English translations of Landauer.”
—Jesse Cohn, author of Anarchism and the Crisis of Representation: Hermeneutics, Aesthetics, Politics

“Gustav Landauer was, without doubt, one of the brightest intellectual lights within the revolutionary circles of fin de siècle Europe. In this remarkable anthology, Gabriel Kuhn brings together an extensive and splendidly chosen collection of Landauer’s most important writings, presenting them for the first time in English translation. With Landauer’s ideas coming of age today perhaps more than ever before, Kuhn’s work is a valuable and timely piece of scholarship, and one which should be required reading for anyone with an interest in radical social change.”
—James Horrox, author of A Living Revolution: Anarchism in the Kibbutz Movement

“At once an individualist and a socialist, a Romantic and a mystic, a militant and an advocate of passive resistance… He was also the most influential German anarchist intellectual of the twentieth century.”
—Paul Avrich, author of Anarchist Voices



Liberating Society from the State and Other Writings: A Political Reader

Liberating Society from the State and Other Writings: A Political Reader

SKU: 9781604860559
Author: Erich Mühsam • Editor: Gabriel Kuhn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604860559
Published: 9/2011
Format: Paperback
Page count: 320
Size: 6 x 9
Subjects: Politics-Anarchism, Philosophy

Praise

“It has been remarked before how the history of the German libertarian and anarchist movement has yet to be written, and so the project to begin translation of some of the key works of Mühsam—one of the great names of German anarchism, yet virtually unknown in the English-speaking world—is most welcome. The struggles of the German working class in the early 20th century are perhaps some of the most bitter and misunderstood in European history, and it is time they were paid more attention. This book is the right place to start.”
—Richard Parry, author of The Bonnot Gang

“We need new ideas. How about studying the ideal for which Erich Mühsam lived, worked, and died?”
—Augustin Souchy, author of Beware! Anarchist! A Life for Freedom



All Power to the Councils!: A Documentary History of the German Revolution of 1918–1919

All Power to the Councils!: A Documentary History of the German Revolution of 1918–1919

SKU: 9781604861112
Editor and Translator: Gabriel Kuhn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604861112
Published: June 2012
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 9 x 6
Page count: 352
Subjects: History-German, Politics

Praise

“Gabriel Kuhn’s excellent volume illuminates a profound global revolutionary moment, in which brilliant ideas and debates lit the sky.”
—Marcus Rediker, author of Villains of All Nations and The Slave Ship

“This remarkable collection, skillfully edited by Gabriel Kuhn, brings to life that most pivotal of revolutions, crackling with the acrid odor of street fighting, insurgent hopes, and ultimately defeat… In an era brimming with anticapitalist aspirations, these pages ring with that still unmet revolutionary promise of a better world: I was, I am, I shall be.” —Sasha Lilley, author of Capital and Its Discontents and coauthor of Catastrophism

“Drawing on newly uncovered material through pioneering archival historical research, Gabriel Kuhn’s powerful book on the German workers’ councils movement is essential reading to understanding the way forward for democratic worker control today.” —Immanuel Ness, Graduate Center for Worker Education, Brooklyn College

“An indispensable resource on a world-historic event.” —Lucien van der Walt, Rhodes University, South Africa

“The councils of the early 20th century, as they are presented in this volume, were autonomous organs of the working class beyond the traditional parties and unions. They had stepped out of the hidden world of small political groups and represented a mass movement fighting for an all-encompassing council system.” —Teo Panther, editor of Alle Macht den Räten: Novemberrevolution 1918

“The German Revolution of 1918–1919 and the following years mark an exceptional period in German history. This collection brings the radical aspirations of the time alive and contains many important lessons for contemporary scholars and activists alike.”  —Markus Bauer, Free Workers’ Union, FAU-IAA

“The struggles of the German working class in the early 20th century are perhaps some of the most bitter and misunderstood in European history, and it is time they were paid more attention.”  —Richard Parry, author of The Bonnot Gang



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