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Mark Pickstone

I’m absolutely gutted and stunned to tell you that a very dear friend of mine, Mark Pickstone, died last night (12th March 2022). We worked closely together on songs that would later be used in Schwarzeneggar and as you know he was the keyboard player in that band. Mark was a gentle and caring giant who I loved very much and I shall miss him greatly. I ask you all to raise a glass to him. My thoughts go to his wife and family.

See you later Mark.

Schwarzeneggar, Prague 007 Club. Mark on the left. Photo taken by David.
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Bob Butler

It’s with a heavy heart that I have to tell you that Bob Butler died on Monday 28th February 2022. As most of you know we worked together in Schwarzeneggar and The Last Supper, but more than a work mate he was a true friend, a bloody good bass player, a bloody good bloke and I shall bloody well miss him. I shall always think of him with that cheeky grin on his face as the pair of us would slope off for that sneaky beer. My arms reach out to Helga in this dreadful time. See you later Bob and remember – ‘straight on’.

The Last Supper 2010 – Photo by J. Kallio
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Mensi

Incredibly sad news, Mensi passed away on 10th December 2021. My thoughts are with his family and friends. I always admired him, he was a man of great principles and an inspiration to us all who were fighting for a better world. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten.

See you later mate. Steve

Thomas ‘Mensi’ Mensforth, singer with the Angelic Upstarts passed away following a battle with Covid, aged 65.

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Evie

Sorry to have to tell you that after this there will be no more new pictures of Evie appearing as she passed away peacefully at home on Monday morning 11th October 2021. Just picked up her ashes and she is now safely tucked up in the garden with daffodil bulbs for company.

We had a wonderful 10 years with a wonderful companion – yes, tears but also smiles and great memories.

Steve and Jona

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Max Bode

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

Steve

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This is the video animation that he created in 2015 of the song ‘The Way Things Are’

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Dave King

I’m absolutely gutted to have to tell you that Dave King, who designed the Crass symbol in 1977, has died. He was a bloody good mate and I’ll miss him.

My thoughts and arms reach out to Dionne, his soulmate of many years. But we can all take comfort in the knowledge that a part of Dave is emblazoned on people’s bodies all over the world.

See you later Dave. You’ll never be forgotten. Here’s to you mate.

Steve, 19th October 2019

Exhibition of Dave King in 2013 at Needles And Pens to compliment his book ‘Secret History Of The Crass Symbol’