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Penny Rimbaud
War & Peace

Back in 2012 the Crass mastermind Penny Rimbaud went into the studio to record a couple of covers. Working with cellist Kate Shortt and bass player Jennifer Maidman, and with ex-Buzzcocks fellow Tony Barber at the mixing desk, Rimbaud took on Bob Dylan’s ‘Masters Of War’ and George Harrison’s ‘Isn’t It A Pity’. He spits furious peace atop sawing strings for the Dylan original while the Harrison take is more tranquil and mournful - it’s not dissimilar to late-period Nick Cave actually. After being stowed away for several years the tracks now make it to a 7” release entitled War & Peace. Out through One Little Indian.
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Penny Rimbaud
What Passing Bells

Penny Rimbaud, previously of anarchist punk legends Crass has always had a thing for poetry - he changed his name to that of French poet Rimbaud, for starters. He takes his passion for the stanza a little further here by reciting selected poems by war poet Wilfred Owen. Rimbaud is backed by cello, played by Kate Short and piano played by Liam Noble. What Passing Bells is released to celebrate the anniversary of Owen’s death and, Rimbaud hopes, to take Owen's poetry to new audiences. On CD with 32 page book.

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Cantata For Improvised Voice

Extreme electronics sourced purely from vocal sounds from Eve Libertine and Penny Rimbaud from CRASS. Sparse and vulnerable poetics have been processed to create an intense and highly charged work which questions the notions of what music can be and where it could go in future. Still pushing the envelope this lot.  
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Penny Rimbaud’s L’Académie Des Vanités
Yes Sir, The Truth Of Revolution

During the political unrest of the Faulklands conflict, 1982's 'Yes sir, I will' by Crass was as hard-hitting as they come. Writer Penny Rimbaud re-imaged the piece for Blackpool's Rebellion Festival thirty years later, taking the original sentiment and applying it to the current political climate. The recording features some of the leading names in London's jazz scene. Available on CD. 
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