In our ongoing attempt to prop some worthy musicians headed to Austin this week, yet another list of LA bands/songwriters to chase down at SXSW in Austin this week. This is a tipsheet for those of you with $$$ in your eyes. Looking for a band to break, license, co-opt, manipulate, convince to sell o ... More >>
With The National, I traveled to the never fashionable north London district of Wood Green to visit the home and studio of Southern’s founder John Loder, Crass's "ninth member," a producer when no one else would record them and a business partner when no one else would touch the results.
Jeffrey Lewis: "Whereas the Sex Pistols you might hear that played in any given venue. They probably get played in the Gap or something... The Fugs and Crass, though, you just don't hear them in polite society."
Crass preferred resting their image on stencils, flyers, collages, newspaper articles, forged documents, banners, patches. Whenever they had an opportunity, the band seemed to prefer iconography to photography. They wanted to represent themselves as a mystery, a historical force.