“If you’re not busy being born you’re busy buying”.
All the sales girls in the flash boutiques are made to dress the same and have the same make-up, representing the 1940’s. In fashion as in everything else, capitalism can only go backwards — they’ve nowhere to go — they’re dead.
The future is ours.
Life is so boring there is nothing to do except spend all our wages on the latest skirt or shirt.
Brothers and Sisters, what are your real desires?
Sit in the drugstore, look distant, empty, bored, drinking some tasteless coffee? Or perhaps BLOW IT UP OR BURN IT DOWN. The only thing you can do with modern slave-houses — called boutiques — IS WRECK THEM. You can’t reform profit capitalism and inhumanity. Just kick it till it breaks.
The Angry Brigade
On August 21st 1971 Special Branch and CID raided a flat at 359 Amhurst Road, Hackney N16 as part of their investigations into the Angry Brigade. Jim Greenfield, Anna Mendelson, John Barker and Hilary Creek were arrested.
Later that day Stuart Christie and Chris Bott were also arrested at the same address. Angela Weir and Kate McLean were picked up subsequently. The arrestees became known as “The Stoke Newington 8”.
The trial commenced on May 30th 1972 at The Old Bailey and was to be one of the longest in British legal history.
On December 6th 1972 Barker, Greenfield, Creek and Mendleson all received 10-year sentences, reduced from 15 after pleas of clemency from the jury, for “conspiring to cause explosions likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property”.
Stuart Christie, Chris Bott, Angela Weir and Kate McLean were acquitted.
(Jake Prescott, who had been arrested on related charges before the Amhurst Road raid, was sentenced to 15 years in November 1971, although this was also later reduced to 10.)
The best collection of online texts on The Angry Brigade I have found is at Libcom.
The Angry Brigade: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Britain’s First Urban Guerilla Group (1972)
Documentary which sites the Angry Brigade as emerging from influences/movements including Spanish anarchists, US hippies, communes/squatting, claimants unions, Paris 68/the Situationists and the Grosvenor Square protest against the Vietnam war.
The film chronicles Angry Brigade activities, the subsequent police investigation, arrests and the defence campaign…
The first 50 minutes of the film as shown above on Youtube is on The Angry Brigade, the last 20 minutes concerns the “Persons Unknown” trial in the late 70s.
The Angry Brigade 1967-1984: documents and chronology (Elephant Editions, 1985)
Includes the often poetic and well written Angry Brigade communiques.
Gordon Carr – The Angry Brigade: A History of Britain’s First Urban Guerilla Group (PM Press, 2010)
Includes prefaces by Stoke Newington 8 defendants John Barker and Stuart Christie. The best book to read on the subject.
Tom Vague – Anarchy In The UK: The Angry Brigade (AK Press, 1997)
John Barker has written an excellent review of Tom Vague’s book which details his current thinking on the Angry Brigade and its legacy. The review is one of the best things written on the subject.
Angela Mason (nee Weir) 2002 profile at The Observer
Anna Mendleson obituary at Kate Sharpley Library
Jake Prescott obituary at The Guardian