Steve Ignorant, Crass and the history of pre-punk

Yesterday I interviewed Steve Ignorant, formerly of Crass and Conflict. The interview lasted a little over an hour. The interview was carried on and Jason, the co-operator of RPR, put together a downloadable version (complete with a few Crass and Conflict songs) that you can get here:

We cover a lot of ground, from puppets to his decision to do a tour playing Crass material (coming to the US in March; Australia later). I didn’t agree with everything he said, but damn if I didn’t like him a lot. He is pretty outspoken still and definitely doesn’t duck any questions. I was a bit surprised by his comments about Penny, in the sense that he was both critical, respectful and consistent about how he views Penny. I always thought the recent static between Crass members was between the two of them, but that doesn’t turn out to be the case. Anyway, have a listen if you like. I’m working on getting it transcribed and will probably do something with the edited printed version. Until then, here is a video of some bloke explaining the pre-history of punk. It is pretty interesting and amusing. I especially like the end when he claims the Brits stole punk and got all the credit (even though I think he is wrong):

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