What did punk ever do for us?
Discussion 1 – 2.30pm
Punk has a lot to answer for. Much more than the Sex Pistols, Ramones t-shirts and safety pins. Its DIY attitude arguably affected the cultural landscape of the UK – no longer were people restricted by the tastes of the establishment’s gatekeepers or need to follow traditional paths, be that in the music industry, fashion scene or even literature.
Join in the discussion with Buzzcocks manager Richard Boon; London reggae legend Dennis Bovell; Rhoda Dakar, from female 2 Tone band Bodysnatchers; prototype New York punk Danny Fields; and the man behind Stand Up and Spit, poet Tim Wells. In true punk style, audience interaction is very much encouraged.
Ranting poetry performance 3 – 5pm
After the panel, hear ground-breaking legends like Linton Kwesi Johnson, Ranting originators Phill Jupitus, Garry Johnson and Tim Wells, and a new breed of brilliant poets who have been inspired by Ranting and fully embrace it’s angry, sweary, boozy nature, including Sophie Cameron, Salena Godden, Kate Fox, and Words First’s Joseph Beaumont-Howell and Liam McCormick.
Protesting, political, working-class, humorous yet also deadly serious, Ranting poetry of the 1970s and 1980s was allied to the music scene, growing up alongside punk and reggae, and was the vibrant precursor of today’s spoken word. It is the verse that appeals to all, poetry for the people by the people. Stand Up and Spit celebrates this Ranting ethos that is still very much alive and spitting today.
The event will be finished off with a punk-singalong led by Thee Jezebels frontwoman Laura Anderson.
Presented by Stand Up and Spit and Speaking Volumes, bringing Ranting poetry to a new generation.
Richard Boon is the former manager of the Buzzcocks (whose self-recorded EP Spiral Scratch caused s…Read More
Phill Jupitus is a stand-up and improv comedian, actor, performance poet, cartoonist and podcaster.…Read More
Now an iconic figure within literature and reggae Music, Linton Kwesi Johnson exploded onto the sce…Read More
Dennis Bovell is a reggae producer and musician. He was a member of Matumbi, and released dub-r…Read More
Rhoda Dakar sang with 2 Tone band, The Bodysnatchers. She went on to guest with The Specials, si…Read More
Danny Fields was born once upon a time in NYC, where he still lives. Music business veteran as e…Read More
Tim Wells is made of reggae, lager top, pie and mash, and Leyton Orient FC. As ‘Teething W…Read More
Matthew Worley is professor of modern history at the University of Reading. A specialist in subc…Read More
London based, but Leicester born, Joe Beaumont-Howell is a performance poet, spoken word artist and…Read More
Sophie Cameron is a performance poet who is all about the voice, the volume and the hand on hip act…Read More
Kate Fox is a stand-up poet from Bradford and was inspired by punk poets like Wild Willi Beckett in…Read More
Salena Godden is one of Britain’s foremost spoken word artists. A regular performer at litera…Read More
Garry Johnson was the first Street-Punk poet and more. Part Johnny Rotten, part Orwell, Gal’s…Read More
Laura Anderson has been in all manner of musical outfits from the age of 14, and is currently the s…Read More
Liam McCormick is a young poet and performer based in Glasgow. He writes janky stories about cha…Read More
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