Howard Marks 1945 – 2016

April 11, 2016

Howard Marks performing at The Garage, London in 2000

“In the early hours of 10th April 2016, Howard Marks died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his four loving children.

The best-selling author, life time campaigner, raconteur, stand-up comedian and counterculture hero died after battling bowel cancer that was diagnosed at a terminal stage in August 2014.

He fought the illness with grace and humour.

His death was 21 years to the day since his release from prison in the United States, his second bout of imprisonment for cannabis smuggling since his miraculous acquittal at the Old Bailey in 1980.

One of his last acts was to set up the Mr Nice foundation, to ensure the causes dear to him continue to receive his support.”

“I have tried every way I can think of to accelerate the day of Cannabis legalisation, thereby ceasing the torture of Cannabis smokers. I’ve flooded the country with the good herb, I’ve stood for Parliament, and I’ve skinned up in police stations. None of it has worked. I needed help. I got it from P.A.I.N., the best guys in the world” – Howard Marks (2000)

Iron Man Records had the pleasure of meeting, working with and listening to Howard Marks. He really was exactly as you would hope. A truly decent bloke, funny, humble and just Mr Nice. His life and work will live on…..

“You might control a lot of things Drugs Tsar, but you’ll never control my mind…..” Howard Marks from the song Let Me Grow More Weed he recorded with P.A.I.N

It is with great sadness I have to post news of his passing. Love to all his family and those who knew him.

Mark, Iron Man Records 11th April 2016

Amiri Baraka (1934-2014) Poet, Playwright, Activist

January 11, 2014

“Take the words and make them into bullets, take the words and make them do something.”

The life and legacy of Amiri Baraka, the poet, playwright and political organizer who died Thursday at the age of 79. Baraka was a leading force in the black arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s. In 1963 he published “Blues People: Negro Music in White America,” known as the first major history of black music to be written by an African American. A year later he published a collection of poetry titled “The Dead Lecturer” and won an Obie Award for his play, “Dutchman.” After the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965 he moved to Harlem and founded the Black Arts Repertory Theater. In the late 1960s, Baraka moved back to his hometown of Newark and began focusing more on political organizing, prompting the FBI to identify him as “the person who will probably emerge as the leader of the pan-African movement in the United States.” Baraka continued writing and performing poetry up until his hospitalization late last year, leaving behind a body of work that greatly influenced a younger generation of hip-hop artists and slam poets. We are joined by four of Baraka’s longtime comrades and friends: Sonia Sanchez, a renowned writer, poet, playwright and activist; Felipe Luciano, a poet, activist, journalist and writer who was an original member of the poetry and musical group The Last Poets; Komozi Woodard, a professor of history at Sarah Lawrence College and author of “A Nation Within a Nation: Amiri Baraka and Black Power Politics”; and Larry Hamm, chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress in Newark, New Jersey. http://www.democracynow.org

John Sinclair – “Mohawk” cd is Released Monday 24th March 2014 by Iron Man Records. Track 5 is called “Bloomdido” and is dedicated to Amiri Baraka. Rest in Peace. The work continues. All Press Enquiries Sean Newsham: sean@mutante-inc.demon.co.uk

Samuel Fry

September 22, 2011

Samuel Fry

Sam Fry Passed away this weekend. He was the second drummer with Last Under The Sun from 2001 to 2002, he played many gigs and played the drums on the the 30 second 30 song first demo called “Defect” and the 8 songs that made up “Windfall” that the band produced around the same time.

If anyone has any more photos of Sam when he was in Last Under The Sun with Rhys and myself, please send a copy across. I didn’t have a decent camera in those days so i have no photos of him at all that I can find.

He was a good drummer and a kind, caring, decent bloke you could sit down and have a proper chat with. When we weren’t at band practice, or on the way to a gig,  Sam came down to the gigs I was organising at The Old Railway. He would spend the evening chatting to bands, people who showed up for the gig or Rhys who was behind the soundesk. He liked Bob Dylan and introduced me to Shellac – “1000 hurts” and a band called Lvmen. I first met him when he was playing drums for Eggraid, he was someone I really liked from the start and he was a fan of Redshift too.

When Sam left Last Under The Sun he joined Eastfield and I kept in touch now and then but he moved on to Plymouth and I left him to get on with it, expecting to bump into him at another gig, another day, in another place. That never happened.

I’m almost without words now that he’s gone, he was a good mate. Like many experiences in life, you don’t realise how special things are until they’re all gone – Mark 21st Sept 2011

Samuel Fry

September 22, 2011

Samuel Fry

Sam Fry Passed away this weekend. He was the second drummer with Last Under The Sun from 2001 to 2002, he played many gigs and played the drums on the the 30 second 30 song first demo called “Defect” and the 8 songs that made up “Windfall” that the band produced around the same time.

If anyone has any more photos of Sam when he was in Last Under The Sun with Rhys and myself, please send a copy across. I didn’t have a decent camera in those days so i have no photos of him at all that I can find.

He was a good drummer and a kind, caring, decent bloke you could sit down and have a proper chat with. When we weren’t at band practice, or on the way to a gig,  Sam came down to the gigs I was organising at The Old Railway. He would spend the evening chatting to bands, people who showed up for the gig or Rhys who was behind the soundesk. He liked Bob Dylan and introduced me to Shellac – “1000 hurts” and a band called Lvmen. I first met him when he was playing drums for Eggraid, he was someone I really liked from the start and he was a fan of Redshift too.

When Sam left Last Under The Sun he joined Eastfield and I kept in touch now and then but he moved on to Plymouth and I left him to get on with it, expecting to bump into him at another gig, another day, in another place. That never happened.

I’m almost without words now that he’s gone, he was a good mate. Like many experiences in life, you don’t realise how special things are until they’re all gone – Mark 21st Sept 2011

Rest in Peace Gary D.S.

August 5, 2011

Gary was a managing director at Scrap Records and of the band called “2000 DS”. A.K.A 2000 Dirty Squatters, the band were known for an uncompromisingly gritty urban hardcore punk sound. The last time I saw Gary was when 2000 DS played in Milton Keynes at the European Collective gig “Across the Decades” in 2000.

Here are some words from http://www.scraprecords.com :

“It is with great sadness we inform you of the untimely deaths of Gary, his daughter Caisie, friends Kath and Talei in a motor accident in Trelawney, Jamaica. Gary’s daughter Josie is in a serious condition in Falmouth hospital…. Caisie’s boyfriend Luke was injured in the crash. Words are not enough.”

There’s more info on the Scrap Records homepage.

In an update I read a few moments ago, John of A.O.S.3 said “2000 DS – they are LEGENDS. One of those bands whose truth is far stranger than fiction.”

Please ask anyone in a band who has access to a mic over coming days, at Rebellion or wherever, to make sure the news goes out.

Richie from Reknaw just phoned me, he said “Gary DS was one of the good ones.”

Underground music will miss him and the members of his family who died with him.

If anyone has any updated information or any other details to add with reference to this post please let me know as this is all I have to work with at the moment.

Love goes out to his family and friends…..

mark

Skinny Tribute Gig – Saturday 6th March 2010 Flyer Reknaw

February 15, 2010

Skinny Tribute Saturday 6th March 2010

A benefit gig and a celebration of the life of Paul “Skinny” Kelly 1966-2009

COITUS / COLDWAR / THE RESTARTS / P.A.I.N / DREAD MESSIAH / FLEAS and LICE / MASS COMA

The Jamm 261 Brixton Road,London SW9 6LH 8 till late, £10 entry

http://www.reknaw.com

Jay Reatard – Testimonials and Comments

February 12, 2010

Jay Reatard aka Jimmy Lee Lindsey, Jr. died in his sleep on Wednesday morning. He was 29 years old.

He is survived by his mother Devonna May, his father Jimmy Lindsey, and his sisters Leslie Lindsey, Stephanie Duncan and Gara May. He’ll be missed by music fans all over the world.

With 22 full-length albums and over 100 releases, Jay dedicated his life to music. He played nearly one thousand shows in over 20 countries around the world. He was incredibly grateful for all the support his fans gave him over the years.

The memorial service took place on Saturday, January 16 at 5:00pm at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 5668 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN. This was open to the public.

If you knew, played with, or were a fan of Jay and his music, please share your thoughts, stories, memories and condolences.

I got a message through from Adam Shore who has been working with Jay for some time. He asked that I pass these comments on:

Adam Said: “I want to thank you all for your calls, texts and emails.  It’s good know there’s so much support out there and warm thoughts for Jay. It’s just an unbearably sad time. The funeral was at 5pm 16th January 2010. You can read lots of great testimonials here…..”

http://www.jayreatard.com/2010/01/jay-reatard-1980-2010/#comments
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/15/arts/music/15reatard.html
http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/dpp/news/tennessee/011410_punk-rock-legend-jay-reatard-dead-at-29
http://www.goner-records.com/board/index.php?action=vthread&forum=2&topic=47964
http://www.livefrommemphis.com/theintruder/1416-on-the-passing-of-jay-reatard
http://www.amoeba.com/blog/2010/01/people-s-republic-of-northern-california/read-a-requiem-mass-for-me-jay-reatard-.html