Lets start with the final question: „ Steve, what‘s the story behind the book‘s cover?“ „One of my favourite paintings is called Grande Odalisque by Ingres. There‘s always been controversy about it, this woman lying on her side but the spine is too long for the human torso. Couple of years ago now, I was in the pub in Sea Palling and there‘s a woman called Caroline who lives there. Now, she‘s got a different ability – a difability – if I can put it that way: she walks differently to me or you. And she was standing at the bar and I looked over and was like, ‚my god, that‘s Odalisque‘, so I asked her if she‘d mind having a photo taken. She said ‚yes‘ and that‘s why she‘s on the cover.“
Now that this is out of the way lets focus on the rest, a book about Steve‘s lyrics. After a foreword by The Shend follows a conversation between Steve Ignorant and Matthew Worley. They talk about Steve‘s songs, the lyrics, what they mean, when they were written, why and how. It starts of with „Do they owe us a living?“ that was a Crass song, followed by 39 more songs, some of them Crass, others for Conflict, Schwartzeneggar, Stratford Mercenaries and his current band Slice of Life. For fans who want to know behind the scenes storys and anecdotes this is a great source, it is loosened with photos and original script. The reader finds out a lot about the person Steve Ignorant, where he is coming from and where he is at nowadays. In parts very interesting read, mixes with trivial and entertainment. 160 pages, 14,99 £ (Dolf)
More sad news I’m afraid – Max Bode, one of my closest friends and the inspiration behind the song ‘Diffrability’ passed away Friday 1st November 2019 at the age of 25.
Listen for free on spotify to Diffrability: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5cfgbqj0YowAIiw0EkIGGQ
He always had a smile on his face and whenever we got together we’d always have a great laugh at the expense of those straights who couldn’t see past his wheelchair. Fucking lovely bloke and will be missed by many.
Max you’re not insignificant
You were not so uniform
I’m proud to have known you
And glad that you weren’t of the norm
All My love
This is the video animation that he created in 2015 of the song ‘The Way Things Are’
Sid and Zillah (Rubella Ballet) Film Steve’s in his bedroom at Dial
HouseCrass HQ in 1997 talks about how he started Crass with Penny,
touring and releasing records with Crass. Other music projects, Punch
& Judy etc. Everything un-cut just as it happened 20 years ago.
This is the director Un-Cut version never before seen in full length.
The IGNORANT TOUR is happening, already planning & rehearsing. I’ll be performing CRASS songs with Jay Bagnall (drummer), Carol Hodge (vocals & keys), Pete Rawlinson (bass guitar) and Pete Wilson (lead guitar).