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Monday, June 03, 2002

Welcome to the work in progress which is Chumbawamba.org. The main purpose of this site isn’t to talk about Chumbawamba but to provide access to radical culture. We’re not chin stroking specialists, we’re a pop band which means our area of expertise lies in not growing up. During our career in being infantile we’ve loved and hated a lot of popular culture and in this loose thing we call ‘a movement’ there’s always been a teeming underground of musicians, activists, artists, directors, actors, comedians and writers producing work that is provocative, revolutionary and inspiring. This is not just a library of their faces and work, we want to provide space for people to contribute and comment.

This is going to be an ongoing project which needs to have input from the people using the site. We’re at the very beginning of compiling this data and you’ll have to bear with us while we hoist what Hollywood calls ‘the talent’ up there. The areas we plan to cover are music, film/tv, comedy/lit/political writing and visual arts. Where there are glaring omissions please tell us, if there are bands, artists, films or very talented revolutionary small animals that we don’t know about, please tell us about them. We’re in the process of working out how users can post articles, biogs, reviews and want to provide space for people to put their stuff up for downloading. In the meantime...

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The latest news and other posts updated by the editors of chumba.org.



Bragg Slags 'Sell-Out' Sex Pistol


Sex Pistols star John Lydon was has been accused of selling-out over his new-found support for the Royal Family, by left wing chart star Billy Bragg. Ex-punk Bragg said he was "appalled" about the change of heart by the architect ofanti-royal rant God Save The Queen, which is being re-released for the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

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Throwing Beer at Billy Bragg


Listening to Billy Bragg defend the monarchy and admit the Tories have "some reasonable ideas", it's tempting to agree with those who say he's sold out. ....

Throwing Beer at Billy Bragg


Listening to Billy Bragg defend the monarchy and admit the Tories have "some reasonable ideas", it's tempting to agree with those who say he's sold out. ....

PRETTY VACANT by ALEX COX

Exclusive to Chumbawamba.org (until some one passes it along) film director Alex Cox (“Repo Man,” “Sid and Nancy,” “The Winner,” “Revenger’s Tragedy” etc.) writes about Queen Elizabeth‘s Golden Jubilee in Britain.
(This article was commissioned by Sunday newspaper The Observer in the UK but they chose not to publish it!)

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The London Film-makers Co-op
The London Film-makers' Co-op used Hoovers, rubber bands and passion to make avant-garde classics.

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Samira Makhmalbaf - young Iranian woman film director
Biography for Samira Makhmalbaf

Born in Tehran in 1979, Samira is the daughter of Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. She got her first taste of the cinema when she was eight,....

"Letter to a young Muslim" by Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali - The Guardian - Saturday April 13, 2002

Although he was tutored in Islam as a child, Tariq Ali, long-time activist, author and broadcaster, has always been a non-believer. In this open letter, he recognises the anger and disillusion of young Muslims, but argues it is no answer to turn to the religious fundamentalism of Osama bin Laden

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No, Nay, Never ... Neo-nazism in Burnley, Lancashire

Reflections on the electoral rise of the neo-nazi British National Party in Burnley, hometown of four members of Chumbawamba.
Boff - Chumbawamba
May 2002

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Spinning Top

Alastair Campbell (Tony Blair’s High Chief of Spin) at Burnley Football Club.
Boff reports on the ensuing shenanigans
May 2002....

Viva la Republic! Pagan images of the last Queen of the British Isles by her indigenous subjects..
A Jubilee exhibition in which her Majesty is the subject, featuring works from Genesis P-Orridge, Jamie Reid, Banksy, Andy Watt, Fiona Banner, Brian Jones, Tim Flitcroft, Josie McCoy, Jasper Joffe, Gary O'Dwyer, Tai Shani, Little Richard/Richard Torry, Mike Dawson.....

Jon Langford - “The Death of Country Music”

Perhaps more known for his simultaneous careers as a punk rocker and an alt.country crooner Jon Langford also creates the art work for album covers, and shows his paintings and stone carvings around the country. In Nashville, one of his exhibitions called The Death of Country Music, rendered the forgotten heroes of Country Music (one of America’s truly original art forms) on canvas and in carvings on pink granite headstones ... eg “Hank Williams Signs His Contract”. ....

Jane and Louise Wilson video installation at Serpentine Gallery, London October 1999

danbert nobacon writes:
I have never much been one for video ‘art’ so to speak, but this exhibition changed my mind. The exhibition features three of the recent bodies of work by the Wilson twins, entitled Stasi City” filmed in the former East German secret police headquarters; “Gamma” filmed in the now defunct U.S. Nuclear base at Greenham Common, England; and “Parliament (A Third House)” filmed in both Houses of the British Parliament.

‘Brass Eye’ and humour as a weapon of indeterminate size

to celebrate the release of “Brass Eye” on video and DVD in the UK (May 2002) we reprint a couple of articles outlining its genius as spoof documentary TV taken to new levels ... Will Self talks about the morality and humour of duping 'real' people into fake broadcast scenarios and Euan Ferguson tells how Government Ministers jumped on the moral bandwagon to condemn the programme, only to admit they hadn't even watched it....

Ever Wondered what Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld get up to Behind Closed Doors? Dangfunny.com has the answers ...

You know those three cartoon Disney ducks, like Donald Duck’s cousins or something who make cameo appearances when Uncle Donald is star billing ... they tried giving then their own show a coupole of times but it never really worked ... what were they called now ???

Dick, Donny and Dubya!

Yeh maybe that was it ... ... Anyway somebody gave em a show on cable and they’re freakin’ everywhere now ....

Biotic Baking Brigade strike again!
Just after noon today, Fine Gael leader Micheal Noonan, received what must have been a much needed sweet and sloppy snack, courtesy of a kindly custard thrower, as he shook the hands of local people in Boyle, county Roscommon.

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WAKE UP AMERICA! THERE’S BEEN AN AMENDMENT TO THE FIRST AMENDMENT
The principle of free speech which is enshrined at the very top of the U.S Constitution has been tampered with and doctored. Of course this is not necessarily news, as this tinkering and meddling has been going on for some years, but a recent leak from the Pentagon says the that the Bush inner circle have put a name to this infamous ‘amendment on the amendment’ calling it “Clause 9-11.”

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The Axis Of Dissent ... Rogue Journalists and Other Subversives .

Michael Moore "Stupid White Men" and Noam Chomsky "9-11" in the best-seller lists show that dissent is alive and well in the USA ... we know this, we always knew this, but as Chomsky says it still needs to be 'shouted from the rooftop....

Drugs & Terrorists - Crap Detector Alert!


For years, now, the government has been waging the so-called "war on drugs" in the country, which has brought forward most of the very worst in government.......

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