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John Sinclair Speaks

A London listening to the MC5 manager and White Panther Party man.

Former MC5 manager and White Panther Party leader, John Sinclair, will be giving a talk in anticipation of his two new books "Headpress 28: The Gospel According to Unpopular Culture: An Anthology", which Sinclair has edited, and "It's All Good: A John Sinclair Reader" which is a collection of interviews, reviews and other work from the last forty years - set to be released April 2009 by Headpress. Free admission but book in advance by ringing +44(0)207 636 1577. The talk and signing begins at 6:30pm on the 12th November at Waterstone's,
82 Gower Street. London WC1E 6EQ.

Writers Speak

The BBC and the British Library release two new albums of writers speaking.

The BBC and British Library Sound Archive have released two new albums American Writers and British Writers in which can be found authors expounding upon a variety of different subjects, such as Joe Orton on the brevity of a playwright's career; the only recordings made of Virginia Woolf and spiritualist Arthur Conan Doyle; Graham Greene on his childhood games of Russian roulette and Raymond Chandler interviewed by Ian Fleming amongst others.

Poetry please

Winner of poetry prize namechecks The Wire in winning ode

The winner of Britain’s prestigious Forward Prize for the best single poem of 2008 (Seamus Heaney was among the contenders) is an ode to the Georgian electronica musician Natalie ‘Tusja’ Beridze, who is married to Cologne’s minimal Techno pioneer Thomas Brinkmann, by the Scottish poet Don Paterson. “Love Poem For Natalie ‘Tusja’ Beridze” even finds room to name check The Wire in the course of its effusive tribute to Beridze’s sound processing talents.

Sample passage:

"O Natalie, how can I pay tribute to your infinitely versatile
blend of Nancarrow, Mille Plateaux, Venetian Snares, Xenakis,
Boards of Canada and Nobukazu Takemura"

A Tribute to Bert

All day event to celebrate centenary birth year of English singer, folklorist, journalist and writer AL (Bert) Lloyd

In November, the English Folk Dance & Song Society hosts an all day event celebrating the centenary birth year of the renowned English singer, folklorist, journalist and writer AL (Bert) Lloyd.

The event will include live performances, talks and discussions. Taking part are Alistair Anderson, Frankie Armstrong, Martin Carthy, Bob Davenport with Roger Digby, Will Duke, Dan Quinn and Alex West, Louis Killen, Maddy Prior, Dessislava Stefanova, Dave Swarbrick, Norma Waterson, Martyn Wyndham-Read with Iris Bishop, Lisa Knapp and Sam Lee.

London Cecil Sharp House, 15 November, noon-11pm, £20/£15 concessions, 020 7485 2206,

Elliott Sharp live in London

The New York downtown avant gardist plays a rare solo show in London.

Elliot Sharp is to play a rare solo show in London. Here’s what the promoters of the gig say about him: Combining the naked freedom of jazz improvisation and the alien crunch of digital mechanisms, his visionary music draws upon chaos theory and fractals while reinventing a variety of traditional instruments: electric guitars, synthesizers, saxophones & clarinets, leading to his use of computers and samplers to design new sounds and virtual instruments.

London Charlie Wrights International, 19 October, 9:30pm, £7.50 in advance, £10 on the door,, info: 07790579364

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Lee Ranaldo/My Cat Is An Alien/Ramona Ponzini

Exclusive live performance by the improv ensemble

The improv ensemble featuring Lee Ranaldo, My Cat Is An Alien and Ramona Ponzini will make an exclusive live performance at Interzona, Verona this coming week. Roberto Opalio (My Cat Is An Alien), will also be showing his films during this Italian live show. The concert will take place just before the Italian opening of the Sonic Youth etc. 'Sensational Fix' exhibition at Museion in Bolzano (10 October 2008 - 4 January 2009).

Gas live

The only concert in Europe this year

Wolfgang Voigt presents Gas live for the only concert in 2008 this month. The concert takes place in Leipzig on 28 September. Further information & tickets here:

Blacksand go down to the woods...

Outdoor Equinox performance by London's subterranean soundscapers

Nick Franglen and Charles Casey aka Blacksand will mark Autumnal Equinox with a rare outdoor performance in a wood somewhere in North London at approximately 5am on Sunday 21 September. The improvisational duo, who create music by feeding two guitars through a mash of FX boxes, have aquired a specially adapted ship's battery allowing them to create music anywhere anytime. The wood will be their latest in an ongoing search for inspiring spaces to perform in. Email for location details. Limited spaces.

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Phonorama is a live electronics ensemble featuring some of Italy's most advanced improvising musicians, including members of Sinistri, 3/4HadBeenEliminated, Invernomuto and OLYVETTY. Produced by the Bologna based Xing organisation (find them online at, the Phonorama CD contains an exclusive mixdown by Valerio Tricoli and Riccardo Benassi of material recorded by the ensemble at two performances at the Raum venue in Bologna in 2006–7.

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