Review: Gathering Force

"What harm can a book do that costs a hundred crowns? Twenty volumes of anything will never make a revolution - it is the little pocket pamphlets that they should fear." - Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

In this issue of Do or Die we have decided to include a number of brief reviews of some publications that we feel have something worthwhile to contribute to the fight to destroy the current system. Although not all the publications below could be called underground or alternative, that is our main focus for the reviews in this section, because in the wake of the 'GAndALF' trial (see article in this issue of Do or Die) it is vital that the radical press cannot be silenced. The State's attempts atGathering Force: DIY Culture - Radical action for those tired of waiting
by Elaine Brass and Sophie Poklewski Koziell. Edited by Denise Searle.
The Big Issue: London, 1997

 

PictureIn the last year or so there has been a number of books published that refer to, and purport to cover, the direct action movement. This truly atrocious coffee table book is merely the latest addition to what is now a growing genre. [1] No doubt there will be many more to come if this niche in the market proves profitable. This review only deals with Gathering Force, but moving beyond that, the criticisms that are levelled here can be extrapolated and applied to many, if not all, of the mainstream representations of us that are currently flooding on to the market.

But why bother with books like Gathering Force? For anyone who has actually been involved in any of the events written about in this book the reportage and analysis it presents are often laughably ill-informed and inadequate. However it is important to understand what function this whole genre of books, TV programmes, plays etc. fulfils as part of a general attack on the radical direct action movement and not just to casually dismiss the real threat that it presents.

The book takes the form of themed chapters on: 'Animal Rights', 'Roads and Transport', 'Land and Housing', 'Our Basic Rights and Liberties', 'Raves and Festivals', 'Alternative Media' and 'Community-based Economics'. Taken in isolation these aren't too bad as they largely stick to the facts and let activists speak for themselves (although they are marked by omissions, inaccuracies and a biased selection, of which more later). Neither, however, are they spectacularly novel or informative; nothing here will be unfamiliar to anyone with even a passing familiarity with 'DIY Culture'.

These topic-based chapters provide no analysis of the phenomena they record. This task is kept for the framing chapters that sandwich the main text of the book as 'Introduction' and 'The Future'. Here pages are given to the precious thoughts of such well known 'DIYers' as Cabinet Minister Chris Smith, editor of The Independent Andrew Marr and lefty think tank wanker Geoff Mulgan. Thus the words of the activists themselves are presented, encapsulated and offered up within a liberal political framework. Our actions are packaged; wrapped up in a sugar coating to make them more palatable for the middle classes to swallow. It is almost like people can't be trusted to speak for themselves but their actions have to be explained by an array of 'respectable' experts; interpreted and made safe for the readers of the book. In case you were going to be scared off by the radicalism of all those nasty protester types this book says they're not really anarchists, they're just lobbying using light-hearted and imaginative stunts. Oh, well - that's alright then.

"The channels of democracy seemed to have silted up"

The writers of Gathering Force bang away at their pet subjects throughout the book. According to them the main problem with Britain today, and the one which 'DIY Culture' exists to rectify, is a lack of communication between those in power and those they rule. "The channels of democracy seemed to have silted up" they winge (GF: p37), [2] and this theme is harped on incessantly throughout the book. [3] 'DIY culture' is thus presented as an effort at unblocking these channels, at making ourselves heard in the corridors of power - a sort of pep-me-up tonic to rejuvenate British democracy. The authors quote Heritage Secretary Chris Smith: "Parliament and Government tend to be a bit out of touch with a lot of thinking and modes of speech that particularly young people are using… There are certain problems with communication where there is no shared language, no shared assumptions and no culture" (GF: p11). This utterly naïve expectation that the state has any interest in listening to us (or that it would do anything about it even if it did [4]) demonstrates that the authors have no understanding of the state as having radically different interests to ourselves. For them it is simply a question of our voice not being heard. It is left unsaid but assumed that as soon as we are heard our concerns will be met. It is also assumed that our concerns are limited enough to be capable of being met by the government. Personally I am not really interested in any demand that the government could easily agree to.

The problem is not one of the government being unaware of our existence; while the authors of Gathering Force witter on about how we are being ignored the state is only too well aware of our existence. They ought to be - they have enough MI5 and special branch people monitoring us. [5] Not only that, but the state routinely has to deal with the effects of our actions; for example Thames Valley Police's request for more money from the Home Office to police the Newbury Bypass protests, and a similar request from Sussex cops during the Shoreham demonstrations. The problem is not that they are unaware of us but that they hate us, for our aim is the destruction of the system that gives them their power. And if we have any sense we should hate them too, as they will stop at nothing to defend their privileges.

Recuperation

Gathering Force is not designed for consumption by anyone involved in the movement(s) it describes and is parasitical upon, but by passive spectators. Equally it is obviously not written by anyone with a personal involvement in what they're talking about but by professional journalists coming to their subject matter from outside. It is almost a 'textbook' example of what is called 'recuperation'. In situationist jargon, recuperation is the process whereby a radical phenomenon potentially threatening to the existing order is transformed or integrated into a commodity. Capitalism assimilates our ideas and actions, dilutes the passion and anger behind them, and then repackages them as something harmless or even beneficial to itself, to sell back to us for our own consumption. Gathering Force is an attempt, conscious or unconscious, to recuperate the direct action movement by manipulating it into a liberal, reformist agenda. This attempt operates in many complex ways. Some of them are discussed below.

'DIY Culture' or 'Direct Action'? - Struggles over the definition of the movement

PictureWhat we call ourselves decides how we define ourselves and which people we see as sharing a common cause with us and which people we do not. Thus, for example, whether road protests are part of the 'direct action movement' or 'DIY culture' (at least as defined by Gathering Force) is an important matter. These are not just two different words for the same thing: they have a substantially different content. The label helps to create the reality it describes. If we become known by the label 'DIY culture' and if we adopt this description of ourselves then this will to an extent determine our theory and practice. The use of the word 'culture' is also telling; is that really what we have in common? Is that all we are - a 'culture'? To the contrary; what we have in common is a common set of interests bound together by practical struggle.

There is a constant struggle in progress over the definition and composition of the movement. Compare contacts lists: both Gathering Force and Do or Die include Reclaim The Streets as a contact, but they include the Institute of Race Relations and Liberty as being part of the same movement as RTS whereas we include the Anarchist Black Cross and Anti-Fascist Action. Maybe this is reading too much into a contacts list, but it is at least indicative of where we are respectively coming from: are we a civil liberties lobbying force or are we about autonomous anti-capitalist struggle? Who do we make links with - Charter 88 or the Anarchist Black Cross?

Their sort of people

Gathering Force is thus about presenting a certain image of the movement(s) it describes - as being something called 'DIY Culture'. This representation is aimed at an audience of liberal reformist middle class types to present us to them as people who are essentially engaged in the same project they are. We are presented as their sort of people and as being alright really because we haven't actually got anything much in common with the ALF or Green Anarchist, but much more with the Green Party, Charter 88 or the think tank Demos. This image will then serve to attract that sort of person into the movement and thus amplify the tendencies dragging it in that direction.

The book is also a baited hook for direct activists to bring them back into the mainstream. The initial chapters aren't too offensive - we follow their argument along (much of it presented in the words of activists themselves!) and are eventually led to the total capitulation expressed by Des Kaye, organiser of the annual Kingston Green Fair: "Instead of looking at an enemy, we need to find the areas of similarity where we can work together… This has to be the way forward, instead of this Socialist Workers Party mentality of destroy the state… We have a system, we have an establishment and we can utilise them" (GF: p123).

The aim of all this is to reconnect the mainstream and those outside of, and potentially threatening to it. This is effected by trying to make links between the most radical edge of the mainstream and the most mainstream edge of the radical faction. Thus the authors have chosen to talk to those within the direct action movement who advocate working within the system (such as "award-winning Emma Must" [6]) and then are attempting to link them with those outside the direct action movement (Chris Smith, Geoff Mulgan, Andrew Marr etc.) who want to draw 'DIYers' into the mainstream.

Omissions

In order to define this thing they have labelled 'DIY Culture' the authors have had to make arbitrary choices about content. Or almost arbitrary, for the selection runs to a liberal agenda. I realise that no book can ever hope to cover every aspect of what is a very diverse and broad movement, but in noting what this book has left out it betrays its true colours. Apart from the startlingly obvious omissions (peace and anti-nuclear movements anyone?) there is also very little mention of what is arguably the most important direct action struggle in our life times: the resistance to the Poll Tax.

In addition, in one of the most irritating pieces of writing in the book (and believe me, there is some stiff competition!) which could have been taken directly from an right-wing authoritarian organ such as The Daily Telegraph, the authors state: "At the other end of the spectrum are the exploits of the more radical animal rights groups such as hunt saboteurs or the Animal Liberation Front storm troopers [!] who set fire to abattoirs and attack laboratories that use animals for testing. These people are still seen by some as the lunatic fringe and their concerns go unheeded by those in power" (GF: p28). A police press release could not have said it better! To give barely more than a paragraph to the anti-Poll Tax struggle and to dismiss in two sentences a whole section of the animal liberation movement, clearly shows the intention of Gathering Force to exclude the more radical elements of the direct action movement from 'DIY culture'; their self-defined area of study.

The good cop/bad cop game of ideology

At the same time as the connections between the more liberal fringe of the direct action movement and the more radical edge of the liberal mainstream are emphasised and played-up, the more radical edge of the faction outside the mainstream is totally marginalised or ignored. This book carries out in the realm of ideology the same tactics often used by the police to destroy radical movements in practice: split the movement by integrating half of them back into the mainstream - into non-threatening activity (e.g.: Agenda 21); start talking about 'dialogue' and 'communication' and then marginalise, ignore and suppress the ones who won't be co-opted. In the good cop/ bad cop game of ideology this book is the nice cop. Green Anarchist have felt the hand of the bad cop. [7] The attempt to manipulate the direct action movement in a liberal, reformist stance and the persecution of those advocating a more radical position are really two halves of the same process. Our choice is either to be incorporated thus or to be forced to define ourselves against the positions presented in this book and to potentially suffer the same treatment meted out to GA and those who won't be assimilated.

Liberalism [8]

I may have made all these tactics of recuperation sound like some sort of deliberate plot, but that is not necessarily the case. The authors probably have the best intentions in the world and a genuine enthusiasm for what they think of as 'DIY Culture', but given their liberal perspective the harmful effect of the book is almost inevitable. Therefore the root of what is wrong with Gathering Force is its liberal politics.

Although 'liberal' is often used as a sort of insult or to mean 'not hardcore enough', it has a specific meaning. Liberalism is the political ideology of the bourgeoisie - it is the set of ideas, the theoretical framework, that goes hand-in-hand with capitalist social relations. Liberals see society as being an aggregate of fundamentally separate and atomised individuals. This is the view of society expressed when we are told that "we are all just individuals aren't we?". You typically hear this comment in relation to the idea that underneath their uniforms the police, the bailiffs and even the chief executives of multinationals are just individuals like us and if only we would communicate with them on a human level and showed them what nice people we are, then there would be no need for conflict. Underlying this (to say the least) rather naïve idea is the fundamental liberal view of the world as simply composed of individual human beings that ultimately have the same common interest. Liberals are fundamentally blind to the existence of social classes with inherently antagonistic interests, as the authors of Gathering Force quite freely say: "DIY Culture isn't confined to any class" (GF: p8). To them Britain is essentially one big happy family; there may be some problems that need ironing out but these can only be caused by ignorance or misunderstanding because basically everyone's interests are the same.

The liberal idea that we are all equal citizens because we are all 'equal before the law' obscures essential differences. For example - Rupert Murdoch and I both have an equal 'right' to free speech. But this 'right' that liberals endlessly bleat on about is meaningless when we do not have an equal ability to freely speak. There is an essential class difference; he's a rich wanker who controls half the media in this country and I have little or no access to that whatsoever. Therefore we cannot agree with Margaret Thatcher when she said "there is no such thing as society. Only individuals and their families", because it is individuals like her and her family who have power, and individuals like us who have fuck all.

"It is about people wanting to take responsibility for their own lifestyles and realising that how they live - in terms of their own health or what they consume - is actually a political action. It's a realisation that individual actions influence the overall fabric of society and how it works" (GF: p9). Here Geoff Mulgan of the think tank Demos neatly expresses the liberal worldview. Liberalism pretends that we are all just individuals, the bearers of various 'rights', i.e.: we are all free to buy and sell as equals, relating to each other through the market. The 'liberty' of liberalism is the 'right' to private property - the fundamental freedom to buy and sell unhindered. Because of this, for liberals the primary way that we have an influence or exert control over our lives is through individual consumer choices. Green consumerism is a fine example of liberal recuperation - a potentially dangerous green movement was transformed into a matter of which commodity to choose - thus propping up the whole business of commodity production that caused the environmental crisis in the first place. Contrary to what Geoff Mulgan says, our influence as individuals is minimal - especially when it is channelled into choosing one brand over another. It is only when we begin to act collectively that we stand any chance of effecting real change.

The Future?

The authors use the final chapter 'The Future', to share with us their wisdom as to the direction the 'DIY movement' should take. The focus for this chapter is the events in September 1996 and after, where links were made with the sacked Liverpool Dockers. The most amazing thing that this book manages to do in writing and commenting on these issues is the quite impressive task of glossing over any form of action taken with the dockers. This betrays the writers as spectators rather than the people who participated in the events. Any of the hundreds of people who were there will tell you that the links were forged not in the meetings or discussions leading up to the events, although the groundwork was laid there, but in the actions on the Monday where together we invaded the port, resisted the police attacks on the picket lines and laughed, danced, sung and then got drunk together. Put simply, this is the real reason why the book is such a woefully inadequate document trying to catalogue and comment on us all. It has been written by people who have experienced very little, or possibly even none, of the passion, anger and joy that we have all felt on numerous occasions on evictions, actions or even simply sitting around the fire with our friends.

So with this wealth of personal experience to back up their opinions, they proceed to lecture us: "the challenge now is to… open channels of communication to the new Labour Government so that those who hold political, economic and social power will listen to those who have justified grievances" (GF: p117). To press this point even further, George Monbiot, quoted more than anyone else throughout the book, then says: "We can save ourselves an awful lot of headaches if we can get our concerns onto the Government's agenda." (GF: p122). Well excuse me, but I was under the impression that these are the same people that we are trying to bypass and take authority and power away from when we take direct action. Trying to "open channels of communication" with them, as the writer so quaintly puts it, is nothing more than a negation of direct action and all the acts of resistance that we have taken in the past. But it gets worse: "DIYers need to participate in the mainstream to change that which they complain about - even voting and being elected" (GF: p123). The disgust felt when I read these quotes is deep and heartfelt. To say that this is what we now need is nothing more than an insult to all those who have risked all on actions; been arrested, fined, imprisoned or worse, and is abhorrent - especially coming from somebody who has done none of these things.

Direct Action as militant lobbying

We can see here that there are clearly emerging two entirely separate ideas of what direct action is about. Is taking direct action our way of being heard by, and asking favours from, the policy makers because we are not represented properly in parliament? As Spectator journalist Alisdair Palmer says: "People are no longer lobbying by letter, they are lobbying by protesting and capturing media attention" (GF: p42). Is this what we're doing? Or is direct action an attempt to form communities of resistance in a global anti-capitalist struggle: to create a world fit for our desires - one free of hierarchy, exploitation and oppression?

Well, I guess you know where I stand. Direct action is not an elaborate form of political lobbying and Earth First! is not, as someone once said, "The Green Party with bolt cutters". If direct action is about anything at all, it is about taking power away from the politicians and bureaucrats and seizing control over our own lives. As the graffiti said: "We are not going to demand anything. We are not going to ask for anything. We are going to take. We are going to occupy."[9]

The two positions are contradictory, and ultimately you can, of course, only be on one side. Eventually all people will have to make a decision as to which side they are on. In reading Gathering Force it seems clear that the writers, editors and publishers of this book have chosen their side already. After reading the book you must decide on which side they have chosen to stand - and then treat them accordingly.

What are we gonna do about it?

PictureIf this review has been overly negative let me offer as a sort of excuse the fact that as a movement we are often so over-awed by the fact that anyone has taken any interest in us, that we totally lose control of all our critical faculties and become far too tolerant of this kind of shit - only seeing the positive and never the negative. For example, the most frequently used argument to try and validate books like Gathering Force is, to quote a review of a similar book: "If [it] inspires one 16 year old to go out and lock on, set up a sound system or live in a bus, then it has done a good job". [10] It must, however, be borne in mind that many people may be put off getting involved in direct action due to such stereotypical and inaccurate portrayals of us.

Therefore, as a conclusion (of sorts) I would suggest a couple of things to enable us to try and counteract the flood of poorly researched, inaccurately written and expensively sold books about us that are oozing onto the bookshelves. Firstly, we must get more clued up - as we become more successful we invite more attacks from the state and its hangers-on. People seem to be much more prepared for physical attacks (offices being raided, conspiracy charges etc.) than they are for attack through recuperation, yet this can be just as deadly in its effect on our actions. Unfortunately, we are not totally innocent parties in the watering down of our ideas and the reasons behind our struggles. When was the last time you saw a campaign leaflet (apart from a very few notable exceptions) that declared its aim as the halting of the road/airport/quarry construction and the destruction of capitalism? Maybe after the agreement at the 1997 EF! Summer Gathering that we are an anti-capitalist movement we may see this change over the coming months.

To combat recuperation, radical action must find its counterpart in radical theory and the direct action movement must lose its 'deeds not words' antipathy to ideas. Gathering Force may end up doing us a service after all, by forcing us to think more deeply about who we are and what we do. If it results in the direct action movement getting more theoretically clued up and specifically defining itself against the positions represented in this book then perhaps it will have been no bad thing after all.

Most importantly however, we must get our version of events out there and - this cannot be emphasised enough - write our own history. We are notoriously terrible at this, and rather than just moan at every book that we feel has betrayed our ideals and misrepresented us, we must start to actively counter it. The proliferation of computers and Desk Top Publishing (or even, for you real luddites, cut and paste and then photocopying - potato prints anyone?) means the ability to produce a few hundred cheap copies of a pamphlet are within the realms of possibility for most campaigns - and even individuals. [11]

The writers, editors and publishers of this book, if they are reading this, should really sit down and think about their motives for bothering to do this at all. What are the real reasons for their writing and publishing a book on us? Are they purely trying to get the 'message' out to a wider audience, or are they, as some suggest, just trying to create a name for themselves in the media world?

I am sure they would say that they really believe in the movement, but the question should then be asked: 'Why are you not involved in it?' As our autonomist friends correctly point out, "…journalists delude themselves that they serve 'the people' despite the fact that they work for media whose very existence presupposes that 'the people' are kept atomised as wage-slaves". [12]

I would hope that no one who has actually been involved in any amount of direct action could be as naïve as the authors of Gathering Force. The experience of disobedience can sometimes change people's ideas very quickly. One of the more inspiring quotes in the book comes from somebody involved in the live exports protests: "I've been kept in a box for 58 years and had never dared to question things… but when you step out of your box you suddenly realise that you don't live in a democracy, it is just a word" (GF: p33). I would humbly suggest that perhaps the authors actually need to get out there and have their faith in democracy shattered.

Notes

  1. For example Judge Dredd takes on the eco-protestors in recent issues of 2000AD, a play called Road Rage was recently performed in Edinburgh and set on a protest site, Ruth Rendell's most recent Inspector Wexford mystery, also called Road Rage, at least two recent academic conferences on the direct action movement, academic books etc. etc.
  2. Henceforward all page references and quotations from Gathering Force will be presented in this fashion; "GF: p37" denotes Gathering Force page 37.
  3. see GF: pp. 10,11,71, 117, 123, 124. And probably elsewhere too.
  4. "The system allowed us to spend decades in argument, and huge sums of money, making an intellectually unshakeable case, only for the system to brush it all aside" - Chris Gillham of the Twyford Down Association (GF: p37). Listened to and then ignored; that's democracy!
  5. see 'The Empire Strikes Back' Do or Die No.6 (1997) p.136 for a good account of this.
  6. This appelation appears to have become part of her name for the two are never mentioned separately.
  7. see article in this issue of Do or Die.
  8. In writing this section I have drawn heavily on a discussion document prepared by Brighton Autonomists for the Brighton anti-Criminal Justice Act group Justice? probably some time in 1995. I have been lamentably unable to phrase it any better than the author of this document and so have borrowed heavily. Many of the same arguments can be found in Aufheben issue 4 (see recommended reading section in this issue of Do or Die).
  9. A piece of graffiti from the 1968 uprisings in France. See Enragés and Situationists in the Occupations Movement, France, May '68 by René Viénet (Autonomedia/Rebel Press, 1992) p. 54. In 'Reclaim the Streets!', Do or Die No.6 (1997) p. 1
  10. review of Senseless Acts of Beauty by George McKat, in Do or Die No. 6 (1997), p. 145
  11. See The Battle for The Trees by Merrick (Godhaven Press, 1997) for an excellent example of this in action - or indeed Road Raging, Do or Die or any of the wealth of fanzines, books and pamphlets that are self-published (see recommended reading section in this issue)
  12. Aufheben No. 4 (Summer 1995), p. 27

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Black Flag brings you class struggle anarchist news from around the world. Latest issue on Race, Class and Organisation: Anarchism in South Africa, drug gangs and the cops, Noam Chomsky. Still "excitingly irregular" but getting better. Issues cost £1.50 each or £6 for a 4 issue subscription from: BM Hurricane, London, WC1N 3XX, UK.

British Wildlife is a magazine for those who want to get a more in-depth appreciation of British natural history and conservation issues. It features long articles based on original research - but is remarkably still readable and accessible to the lay person. Includes an invaluable round-up of conservation and species news, stimulating debate between naturalist anoraks of every persuasion, and much else besides. Some of the views expressed here might not be to EF! tastes, but hell, unanimity is boring! Published bi-monthly, subscriptions are £18.45 for 1 year. Send to: Subscriptions Department, British Wildlife Publishing, Lower Barn, Rooks Farm, Rotherwick, Hook, Hants., RG27 9BG, UK.

Bypass is a bi-annual review mag for self-published zines and comics - like a smaller homegrown version of Factsheet 5. Includes a list of distros and a guide to "zine etiquette" plus loads of excellently nickable graphics to leaven the pages of reviews. Get beyond the mainstream and introduce yourself to the weird world of xerox culture. New one out soon. Costs £2.00 inc. postage from: Bypass, PO Box 148, Hove, BN3 3DQ, UK. A4/36 pages.

The Calendar Riots is a "a work entirely calculated to excite unbridled license in grown persons and promote immorality in the young ones of both sexes; decorated with ten copper plates curiously drawn and elegantly engraved." It is a beautifully produced pamphlet chronicling inspiring acts of resistance, as well as some more esoteric events from the past. The information is organised in the form of a year-long diary (which you can add to - it's interactive, mate!). For a copy send 50p in stamps to: Box B, 111 Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RQ, UK. A5/75 pages.

Class War (Number 73) is "an open letter to the revolutionary movement". The final issue of Class War under the old management, ditching the traditional fare of page 3 hospitalised copper for an analysis of what's wrong with the revolutionary movement in this country and why it was decided to disband Class War. Some serious self-criticism of CW and its relation to the left, the media etc. (see also the latest Aufheben). Admirably honest, even-handed and intelligent. Definitely worth reading. (See also the entry for Smash Hits). CW73 costs 50p from: BM Box 5538, London, WC1N 3XX, UK.) Tabloid/16 pages.

Collective Action Notes latest issue (No.13) contains long analytical articles on the Liverpool Dockers, workers' struggles and trade unions in India, France after the '95 wave of strikes and riots, struggles in Canada and a debate with Kamunist Kranti about their Ballad Against Work (see above). Issues cost £1.50 each or £7 for a 4 issue subscription from: PO Box 22962, Balto., MD 21203, USA. Tabloid/28 pages.

Common Sense is the "Journal of the Edinburgh Conference of Socialist Economists", and not as boring as that makes it sound. One of the few outlets for autonomist writings by Harry Cleaver, Toni Negri, Sergio Bologna etc. Interesting reading for those wishing to explore where the class struggle is headed and what the prospects are for revolutionary social change. Issues are £3.95 each. Send to: Common Sense, c/o Werner Bonefeld, Dept. of Politics, University of York, Heslington, York Y01 5DD, UK. A5/89pages.

ContraFLOW is a top free anarcho news-sheet. It covers a wide diversity of struggles and being the London end of the European Counter Network there's lots of good coverage of struggles in Europe as well as stuff nearer home. Plus always cynical, forthright and witty opinions on matters of the moment. Free/donation from: ContraFLOW, c/o 56a Infoshop, 56 Crampton Street, London, SE17, UK. Tabloid/6 pages.

Corporate Watch is an investigative mag that comes out every three months or so. Reveals not just corporate doings but the whole structure of big business. The winter '97 double issue contains a series of articles on the media, alternative and mainstream, hanging them around a report on the "GAndALF" trial. Plus stuff on globalisation, and the very scary Multilateral Agreement on Investment plus 48 pages of other excellent articles. From CW you can also obtain the rightfully famous "Corporate Watcher's Address Book" listing the principle and director's home addresses of "over 50 ethically challenged UK corporations". It costs £3.50 (£2 unwaged) from the same address. Latest (double) issue is £3 or subscriptions are £9 (£6 unwaged) for 6 issues. Make cheques/POs payable to "Corporate Watch" at: Box E, 111 Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RQ, UK. A4/48 pages.

Counter-Information is a class struggle anarchist bulletin produced and distributed every few months by an independent collective based in central Scotland. Rather like Do or Die, CI goes for value for money (except unlike us it's free!) by packing as much information on to the paper as is conceivably possible. Loads of news on various struggles from around the world. Send SAE and donation to: Counter Information, c/o Transmission, 28 King St., Glasgow, G1 5QP, UK. A4/4 pages.

The Cruxifyer is a new free anarchist newsletter produced and distributed by a patient from a psychiatric hospital. It is the publication of the Cestre Cantre Anarchists who are a resistance group based in mental hospitals. The purpose of the newsletter is to be a regular update on occurrences from within the anarchist scene and as such it welcomes all contributions. For a copy send a SAE to: Cestre Cantre Anarchists, c/o Funky Junky, 505-507 Liverpool Road, London, N7 8NS, UK. A4/4 pages.

Delta is an occasional magazine of news and analysis on Shell and the Ogoni in the Niger delta. Number 3 (October '97) contains some excellent background on General Abacha's regime and reports of fightback and sabotage against Shell, plus the role of women in the struggle, Shell's secret history and more stuff on the nightmare of oil capitalism elsewhere in the world (Columbia, Chad, Mexico, Papua New Guinea etc.). "Please send Delta some money" they say - £2 or £3 I would guess, from: Delta, Box Z, 13 Biddulph Street, Leicester, LE2 1BH, UK. A4/40 pages.

Direct Action is the anarcho-syndicalist magazine of the Solidarity Federation. This issue (No. 5, slightly confusingly dated Winter '98) is themed around all things green (rather cringingly called "environmentalrights"), and how this relates to anarchy, the workers, syndicalism and all that. The attempt is interesting but DA still retain definite dinosaur-like qualities in relation to current hot topics like democracy and technology - e.g.:"we seek to take over the means of production not destroy them". Contains lengthy reviews of a selection of radical green literature (including Do or Die!). Plus articles on car culture; anarchism, direct action and utopia; veganism and news from worldwide including Albania and South Africa. For a copy send £2 or £12 for a 6 issue sub. Make cheques to "Direct Action" at: PO Box 1095, Sheffield, S2 4YR, UK. A4/35 pages.

Earth First! Action Update is the monthly newsletter of Earth First! in the UK. Contains a comprehensive list of forthcoming events and regularly includes inserts on important issues such as CS gas, computer encryption, affinity groups etc. Every issue also includes an updated list of every active Earth First! group in the country. Each copy costs 30p with an SAE. A year long subscription costs £5 (£6 international). Cheques/POs/IMOs payable to "Earth First!" Send to: Earth First! Action Update, c/o The Greenhouse, 42-46 Bethal Street, Norwich, NR2 1NA, UK. A4/6 pages.

Earth First! Journal is the 'official' publication of Earth First! in the USA. Our older relative has now been going 17 years, since EF! first started in the States back in about 1980. Includes news from EF! on Turtle Island, a good Global News section, plus those essential monkeywrenching tips. Politically rather tame, but despite this definitely worth subscribing to - if only for the big merchandise section (!) Subscriptions are $35 international surface mail/ $45 air mail for 8 issues/1 year. Send to: Earth First! Journal Subscriptions, POB 1415, Eugene, OR 97440, USA. Tabloid/30+ pages.

The Ecologist is a bi-monthly journal of lengthy in-depth feature articles. The Ecologist was among the first (back in 1970) to alert us to the ecological crisis, publishing reports like "Blueprint for Survival" and "Whose Common Future?" and is still essential reading today. The Nov/Dec '97 issue has articles on NASA's radioactive Cassini probe, the Kyoto climate conference and village resistance to dam building in Japan. It costs £4 an issue or £24/ £18 concessions for 1 year subscription. Send to: The Ecologist, c/o Cissbury House, Furze View, Five Oaks Road, Slinfold, West Sussex, RH13 7RH, UK. A4/40 pages.

Ecos is the journal of the British Association of Nature Conservationists (BANC), and a hell of a lot more open-minded and questioning than you might think. Collect together articles on 'Community Orchards and Local Agenda 21', large-scale fenland regeneration, and the paradoxical fact that the MoD's hideous biological warfare facility at Porton Down, Wiltshire is also a wildlife treasure trove - and you have a really good read. Single copies/back issues cost £4. Subscription/BANC membership is £19/ £12.50 (student/unwaged). Send to: BANC Membership Services, Lings House, Billing Lings, Northampton, NN3 8BE, UK.

Die Eule (The Owl) is a German language radical ecological magazine. It used to be German EF!'s main forum but has now expanded into a general discussion bulletin on a wider range of issues, reaching a satisfying balance of in-depth direct action reports and theoretical reflection (this issue includes pieces on organisation, identity and politics, intellectuality vs. emotionality). Much effort is put into humorous cut and paste production and promoting discussion. Send DM 3.50 (£2.50 including post and packaging) to: Jugendumweltgruppe c/o Infoladen, Brunnenstraße 41, 42105 Wuppertal, Germany. A4/54 pages.

Factsheet 5 is the original and best "big fat guide to the zine revolution". It weighs in at over 120 pages of zine, book and comic reviews and is testament itself to the huge diversity of the underground media. As well as reviews there is also a little zine scene news and gossip. It costs $6 for a sample issue or $20 for a 6 issue subscription. Send to: PO Box 170099, San Francisco, CA 94117-0099, USA. A4/128 pages.

Faslania is the magazine from the Faslane peace camp, opposing the nuclear subs parked in Scotland for 15 years. The winter solstice issue contains camp news, an eviction update, action reports, plenty of Disco Dave's usual lunacy and a critique of the recent CND conference - CND are revealed as being pro-war, just anti-nuke. Free/donation with a SAE from: Faslane Peace Camp, Shandon, Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire, Scotland, UK. A4/14 pages.

Festival Eye is the annual bible of festival culture - or its tattered remnants at any rate. An unparalleled guide to (free, cheap and some corporate slime) festivals, related events and actions. Also some interesting general overview articles on the year in question. If you're at a loss for things to do around Spring-Autumn '98, there's plenty of possibilities here. Copies cost £2 with an A4 SAE from: BCM Box 2002, London, WC1N 3XX, UK.

Fifth Estate is the longest running US anarchist magazine. Coming from a position critical of technology and civilisation, the Fifth Estate has for over 30 years published some of the most thought provoking writing around. The latest issue (Fall l997) has an essay/ review by David Watson on the convoluted row between Green Anarchist and the Neoist Alliance (read Stewart Home and his psychogeographical friends) where accusations of eco-fascism fly willy-nilly, which is in effect a 10 page meditation on the primitivist milieu. All credit to an American for trying to decipher the row - we couldn't be bothered. Also includes pieces on Gulf War syndrome, the Detroit paper strike, anarchist art, a letters section and numerous reviews. International subscriptions cost $10 for 4 issues. Send to: Fifth Estate, 4632 2nd Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201, USA. Tabloid/35 pages.

Fighting Talk is the quarterly magazine of Anti-Fascist Action. Contains news, reports from behind enemy lines, antifa history and more analytical stuff too. Number 11 has an article on the Edelweiss Pirates, a network of young working class gangs who fought the Nazi regime in its early years: "The activities of these groups encompassed a whole range of resistance to the regime (absenteeism from work and school, graffiti, illegal leaflets, arguing with authority figures, industrial sabotage and physical violence)". Issues cost £1.50 and 4 issue subscriptions are £8. Send to: Anti-Fascist Action, BM 1734, London, WC1N 3XX, UK.

Genetix Update is a monthly newsletter that has news of the latest developments in genetic science and industry plus news of campaigns to oppose them. Also listings of upcoming events and contact details for local anti-genetics groups. Free/donation from: Genetix Update, c/o PO Box 9656, London, N4 4JY, UK. A4/4 pages.

Green Anarchist is "The most contemptuous document I have ever seen in my entire career" said ex-Major General Judge Selwood, in the "GAndALF" trial. Love it or hate it you just can't ignore this totally no compromise primitivist paper. Because of this, following the "GAndALF" trial (see article in this issue of Do or Die) 3 editors of GA have just been imprisoned for 3 years each for reporting direct action. The current issue covers 'dis/organisation', 'EF! and ecofascism', 'EF! under threat' plus controversy by the bucket load. "For the destruction of civilisation" - as they say. GA costs 75p a copy or subscriptions are £3.75 for 5 issues or £7.50 for 10 issues. (Overseas add 30%). Send blank postal orders only to: Green Anarchist, BCM 1715, London, WC1N 3XX, UK. Tabloid/32 pages.

Green Line combines radical green politics and lifestyle in a compact and accessible Reader's Digest-type format; news shorts followed by long(er) articles. In the latest issue (No.146, Solstice 1997) these are on sustainable housing, Shell's murderous operations in Nigeria and industrial agriculture (hey - snap!). A good overview of the green movement with campaigns news, diary and contacts. Each issue costs £1.50 or subscriptions are £13 (£10 concessions) for 10 issues. Send to: Green Line, PO Box 5, Lostwithiel, Cornwall, PL22 0YT, UK. A4/20 pages.

Haringey Community Action is the newsletter of the Haringey Solidarity Group. A good example of an autonomous working class community group - they put out 12,000 of these all over Haringey. News on strikes, direct action, campaigns against benefit cuts and for asylum seekers etc. Available for a donation from: PO Box 2474, London, N8 0HW, UK. A4/6 pages.

Here and Now - just when you thought it was safe to go back into the dogma - challenging thinking from a kinda pro-situ angle. Contents includes: "computing, technology, anarchism, media debates, subversive culture, European political scene" or so they say. Here and Now slaughter whole herds of sacred cows in the name of theory, practice and the classless utopia at the end of the rainbow. Issues cost £2 or £4 for a 3 issue subscription. Make cheques/POs payable to "Here and Now" at: PO Box 109, Leeds LS5 3AA, UK. A4/47 pages.

Howl is the magazine of the Hunt Saboteurs Association. This issue contains stuff on the Countryside Movement and the pro-bloodsports lobby, badgers, stag hunting and a group news roundup plus much more. Issues cost £1.50 from: HSA, PO Box 2786, Brighton, BN2 2AX, UK.

Ignite is the second issue of this free newspaper dishing the dirt on the oil industry was produced for the 100 days of action leading up to the Kyoto climate summit. Ignite is designed to look like the commuter freebie London Tonight and was handed out free around London to confuse and bewilder tired wage-slaves. Contains many stories detailing our current addiction to the greasy black stuff and oil-related profiles of London's prospective Mayors. Plus some great subvertisements for BP, Mercedes, The AA etc. Send an SAE and a donation to: Platform, 7 Horselydown Lane, London, SE1 2LN, UK. Tabloid/19 pages.

Incendiary Devices is a US fanzine containing articles on 'The nonsense of non-violence', prison news, anti-fascist/racist action reports and analysis and an expose of the female contraceptive drug Depo-Provera. A wild anarchist publication that believes, as the last issue (number 4) states: "To monotonously live the mouldy hours of the ordinary people, of the submissive, the accommodated, a life of convenience is not living - it is only vegetating and carrying around an amorphous mass of flesh and bones. To live one should give the exquisite elevation of the rebellion of the arms and the mind." For a copy send a few dollars to: Incendiary Devices, PO Box 22774, Seattle, WA 98122-0774, USA. A5/56 pages.

The Information - where else can you find 'The Moon Landings were a Hoax' conspiracy musings and a slag off of Agenda 21 as a liberal scam together in the same magazine? From the pen that launched a thousand funky green graphics. Off the wall, but perfectly formed. Issues cost £1 from: Dream Power Pictures, PO Box 521, Hove, BN3 6HY, UK

Live Wild or Die! is a wild rampaging publication set up by dissident and ex-Earth First!ers in the USA. It continues to inspire, inform and infuriate with articles in this issue on the collapse of civilisation, veganism, nuclear madness and class war. Submit letters, artwork, rants, poems or names of eco-fuckers for the hit list in issue 7. For a copy send a few dollars to: POB 204, 2425B Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA. Tabloid/54 pages.

Love and Rage is the "Revolutionary Anarchist Newspaper" with the cool name. It is the bi-monthly paper of the Love and Rage Federation from the USA, Mexico and Canada. Aug/Sept '97 issue on the fight against austerity and welfare cuts, the Zapatistas, the militias and the Oklahoma bombing, forest defence etc. They also publish a Spanish language edition Amor y Rabia in Mexico City. An issue costs $1 and subscriptions are $13 for 6 issues. Send to: Love and Rage, 2441 Lyndale Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55405, USA. Tabloid/23 pages.

Maximum Rock 'n' Roll is an enormous monthly punk zine with a 10,000 circulation. Champion of the DIY ethic and tireless opponent of the corporate buyout of that scene. Endless contacts, a doorway into a worldwide subculture, and one that has spawned thousands of angry young anarchists (including me!) Even if the music isn't your thing, the letters and columns alone are worth the price of admission - entertaining, opinionated, peculiar and often informative. Each issue costs $5.50 and subs are $33 for 6 issues from: MRR, PO Box 460760, San Francisco, CA 94146 - 0760, USA. A4/70 pages.

Moins Vite! is a French language direct action oriented anti-car newsletter from France. Lyon seems to have a thriving radical eco and squatting scene, and was recently host to a conference for car-free cities and coinciding RTS-style action. This looks like it contains some excellent stuff ("La Resistance Physique", "Occupations et Blocages") and it would probably be very informative if my French was up to it. Free/donation from: Maison de l'Ecologie, 4 rue Bodin, 69 001 Lyon, France. A4/16 pages.

Muutoksen Kevät (Spring of Change) is a Finnish radical ecological journal. High quality production and interesting articles make this an excellent publication for those who can read Finnish - although every issue has an English summary on the back page as well. The December 1997 issue has a theme of feminism, women's liberation and gender differences and includes an introduction to the Finnish peace movement, a feminist critique of the Zapatistas and a piece on the anti-environmental movement. Additionally it has reports of animal liberation, ecological, peace and anti-fascist actions and a comprehensive prisoners of war list. For a copy contact: Muutoksen Kevät, PL 847, 33101 Tampere, Finland. Tabloid/23 pages.

Neither Work nor Leisure is an A5 fanzine produced as a supplement to the 'Culture and Language' issue of the glossy and professionally produced magazine "Towards 2012". This issue focuses on that alienated, soul destroying activity that we all know as work; and with an interesting essay entitled 'Working or a Living', a reprint of the classic 'Abolition of Work' by Bob Black and few other shorter pieces it is well worth reading. Copies are available for a donation and postage from: PO Box HP94, Leeds, LS6 1YJ, UK. A5/35 pages.

Peace News proclaims itself to be "for non-violent revolution". Pacifist publication going since 1936 that exists to support and connect non-violent movements and resistance around the world, as well as to provide a forum where such movements can develop common perspectives. Despite its ideologically hard line pacifism it has some of the best reporting on global, especially European, struggles. Free sample copy or £10 for 11 issue subscription. Make cheques/POs to "Peace News" at: Peace News, 5 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DY, UK. A4/24 pages.

Pobal an Dúlra (Community of Nature) covers weekly green social news from all over Ireland. (See Ireland article in this issue.) For a copy send 20p plus postage to: Pobal an Dúlra, Unit 66, Liffey Trust Bldg, 117 Upper Sherriff Street, Dublin 1, Eire. A4/4 pages.

Prevailing Winds is an American investigative magazine covering hidden history, media cover-ups, assasination politics, parapolitics etc. I'm a little suspicious of their fondness for conspiracy theory and the secret state - as some situ geezer once said - "the real state secret is the secret misery of our everyday lives". However, the excellent quality of the other stuff more than makes up for this. Issue 4 contains extracts from Howard Zinn's 'People's History of the United States' as well as stuff on the Zapatistas and US military involvement in Mexico. There are also interviews with Leonard Peltier, Ward Churchill and others about the American Indian Movement, The Black Panthers and the role of the FBI etc. in destroying these movements. Subscriptions are $32 for 4 issues. Send to: PO Box 23511, Santa Barbara, CA 93121, USA. A4/112pages.

Organise! is the Magazine of the Anarchist Communist Federation and falls somewhere half way between a theory mag and a newspaper. Current issuecontains 'The Criminal Class?', Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin, Syndicalism. Also now publishing a bi-monthly news sheet called Resistance. Yours for 20p. Organise! is £1 or £5 for a 4 issue sub. Send cheques/POs/IMOs made to "ACF": c/o 84b Whitechapel High St., London, E1 7QX, UK.

Reforesting Scotland is the journal of the organisation of the same name. Indispensable for understanding Scottish land issues generally, and the increasingly successful attempts to regenerate the 'Great Wood of Caledon': the tide is turning - an excellent and often inspiring publication. Membership/subscription costs £14 (£7 unwaged) and back issues are £2.50 each. Send to: Reforesting Scotland, 21a Coates Crescent, Edinburgh EH3 7AF, UK.

SchNEWS is an irreverent weekly direct action bulletin produced by a self-confessed "bunch of scruffy rent-a-mob ne'er-do-wells". This is information for action - every piece of news tells you how to get involved, gives you phone numbers, addresses, dates and places. SchNEWS is bursting at the seams with information, but its short enough so that you actually read it and all in that inimitable tabloid style. Free - just send 1st class stamps (e.g.: 20 for next 20 weeks) and a donation if you can afford it to: SchNEWS, c/o PO Box 2600, Brighton, BN2 2DX, UK. A4/2 pages.

Sea Shepherd Log is the quarterly newspaper of our favourite posse of whaler-sinking, drift-net trashing, seal-cub saving manic marine marauders. Need we say more? Membership/subscription costs $35 (outside USA) - better still; volunteer as crew on one of their boats! Contact Sea Shepherd Conservation Society at: PO Box 628, Venice, CA 90294, USA.

Smash Hits is a "discussion bulletin for revolutionary ideas". Following on from the final issue of Class War (see review above) we now have this new publication that used to be their internal bulletin. The relatively open editorial policy (although no doubt this will cause problems later on) and high quality of writing make it a very worthwhile read for all those interested in changing the world. Free/donation from: BM Box 5538, London, WC1N 3XX, UK. A4/39 pages.

Squall is a quarterly 72 page tabloid magazine for "sorted itinerants" - travellers, squatters, festival-goers, ravers and you and me. Last issue featured the campaign against Manchester's 2nd Runway, CCTV, Reclaim The Streets, Exodus, Columbia, Gorleben among much else. Always some very good journalism and lots of excellent photos. No longer coming out but still worth getting hold of. £2.50 inc. p+p from: PO Box 8959, London, N19 5HW, UK. Tabloid/72 pages.

Stonehenge Campaign Newsletter is pretty much what you'd expect from the title - a useful source of information and campaigning activity on Stonehenge and related issues. Also contains one of the best general contacts listings around and is a good contact point for the national network of FINs - free info sheets to tell you what's going in your area. Quarterly. Send a donation c/o 99 Torriano Ave, London NW5 2RX, UK.

Strong Hearts is an A5 publication put together by Rod Coronado, a Native American, animal liberation and Earth First! activist, currently in prison in the USA. This issue (number 2) is beautifully written and produced and includes articles on the Tupac Amaru, various animal liberation activities and an inspiring first hand account of the sinking of Icelandic whaling ships in 1986. For a copy send a few dollars to: Rod Coronado Support Committee, 3245 E. Patricia, Tucson, AZ 85716, USA. Write to Rod directly at: 03895-000, FCI Unit SW, 8901 S. Wilmot Rd. Tucson, AZ 85607, USA. A5/48 pages.

Subversion is a very impressive free anarchist/left-communist magazine. Contains analysis of the latest happenings in the international class struggle plus lots of open discussion and a big letters section. Recently featured much heated debate on 'green communism'. How do they manage do it for free? Send an SAE to: Subversion, Dept. 10, 1 Newton Street, Manchester, M1 1HW, UK. A4/23 pages.

Taking Liberties is the paper of the Anarchist Black Cross - a network of groups set up to support class struggle anarchist and revolutionary prisoners as well as people framed by the state or organising on the inside. This is an excellent prisoner support paper which also has good articles on prison protests, deaths inside and international stuff etc. Also ask for their free 'No Comment' booklet - a defendants guide to arrest. Issues cost 30p with an SAE and 4 issue subscriptions are £5 or £3 unwaged. Send to: London ABC, c/o 121 Railton Road, London, SE24 0LR, UK. Tabloid/6 pages.

Temp Slave is an American zine full of personal accounts, stories and letters about various aspects of work, ranging from the hilarious to the emotionally moving. Number 8 contains slag-offs of bosses and mealy-mouthed ass-kissing US workers. Also - temping in a perfect world, temping in a strip joint, travel and temp slavery in Europe. For a copy send a few dollars to: Keffo, POB 8284, Madison, WI 53708-8284, USA. A5/55 pages.

Toxcat is the newsletter of Communities Against Toxics - a national grassroots community initiative of people who have to live with toxic pollution. Excellent, well informed and angry. A subscription to Toxcat also means you get Toxcat special reports free. A years subscriptions are £12. Send to: Toxcat, PO Box 29, Ellesmere Port, South Wirral, L66 3TX, UK.

The Verge is a Trans-European youth environmental magazine. Very good on Eastern European stuff with lots of direct action news. The December '97 issue reports on an anti-car conference and actions in Lyon, the huge medical experiment of vaccination, an outline of green politics in Belarus, plus actions from anti-nukes to anti-genetics from Russia to Ireland. Well worth checking out as in the UK we tend to be rather detached from what's going on on the continent. Subscriptions cost £9 for 6 issues. Make cheques/POs payable to "European Youth Forest Action (Scotland)" at: PO Box 1707, Edinburgh, EH1 1YB, UK. A4/32 pages.

West Country Activist is an irregularly published newsletter reporting on direct action in the South West of the UK. The latest issue (January/February 1998) covers the eviction at Dead Woman's Bottom, an anti-quarry roundup (see article in this issue of Do or Die on quarry fighting in the South West), and various news and views from throughout the whole region. For a 10 issue subscription send 10 second class stamps to: West Country Activist, c/o PO Box 426, Bath, BA1 2ZD, UK. A4/2 pages.

Wildcat is an autonomist Marxist influenced magazine recently converted to an anti-civilisation stance. Number 18 has long articles on the ex-Yugoslavia, prisons, the Oklahoma bombing, civilisation (anti), the Zapatistas (also anti) and an interesting letters section. Always very provoking - you're sure to find something to disagree with somewhere! No longer published but still well worth getting the back issues - incisive thought doesn't date. For each issue send £2.50 (don't mention Wildcat on the envelope) to: BM CAT, London, WC1N 3XX, UK. A4/58 pages.

Y Faner Goch (The Red Flag) is the monthly magazine of the Welsh Socialist Republicans, written in English and Welsh. This is definitely the best read from Wales. Very witty - with such top features as "I can't believe they're not Tories" and "Shits of the Month", plus features on Welsh working class history, the whole devolution thing etc. Send £6 for a 12 issue subscription. Make cheques to "Y Faner Goch" at: Y Faner Goch, PO Box 661, Wrecsam, LL11 1QU, UK. A4/16 pages.

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Radical bookshops

  • Brighton: Public House Bookshop, 21 Little Preston Street, Brighton, BN1 2HQ, UK. Tel: 01273 328 357.
  • Bristol: Greenleaf, 82 Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5BB, UK. Tel: 0117 921 1369.
  • Edinburgh: Wordpower, 43 West Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 4DB, UK. Tel: 0131 662 9112.
  • Glasgow: Fahrenheit 451, Unit 6, Virginia Galleries, Virginia Street, Glasgow, G1 1TU, UK.
  • Lancaster: Bookcellar, 9 Meetinghouse Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TJ, UK. Tel: 01708 381204 or 01524 849313.
  • Leicester: Littlethorn, 13 Biddulph Street, Leicester, LE2 1BH, UK. Tel: 0116 254 5728.
  • Liverpool: News From Nowhere, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4HY, UK. Tel: 0151 708 7270.
  • London: Compendium, 234 Camden High Street, London, NW1 8QS, UK. Tel: 0171 485 8944.
  • Housmans, 5 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX, UK. Tel: 0171 837 4473.
  • Manchester: Frontline Books, 1 Newton Street, Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 1HW, UK. Tel: 0161 236 1101.
  • Norwich: The Greenhouse, 42-46 Bethal Street, Norwich, NR2 1NA, UK. Tel: 01603 631007.
  • Nottingham: Mushroom Books, 10-12 Heathcote Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AA, UK. Tel: 0115 958 2506.
  • Sheffield: Independent, 69 Surrey Street, Sheffield, S1 2LH, UK. Tel: 0114 273 7722.

Distributors

If, after checking your local radical bookshop, you have problems getting any of the publications mentioned in this section of Do or Die it is worth getting in touch with the distributors listed below. If you want a catalogue remember to enclose a big SAE with your request.

A Distribution
84 Whitechapel High Street, London W1 7QX, UK. Anarchist and situ stuff from the people who bring you the annual Anarchist Bookfair.

AK Distribution
PO Box 12766, Edinburgh EH8 9YE, UK. Probably the biggest radical book catalogue.

Active Distribution
BM Active, London WC1N 3XX, UK. Anarcho-punk central.

Counter Productions
PO Box 556, London, SE5 0RL, UK. Weird, wacked out and political stuff.

DS4A
Box 8, Greenleaf Bookshop, 82 Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5BB, UK. Punk as fuck an' all that class struggle malarky to boot.

Freedom Press
Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX, UK. Freedom was set up by famous anarchist geezer Kropotkin back in the 19th century - so years of experience here.

Slab-O-Concrete
PO Box 148, Hove, BN3 3DQ, UK. Comics and zines from the Bypass people.

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