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Archive for July, 2016

Show Time

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016


Steamers Nite Club – Book launch event

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Tickets on sale very soon

Moving Targets – Bristol Punk

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

What a week coming up at The Arnolfini, Bristol…/bristol-archive-records-and-s…

Bristol Archive Records and Shane Baldwin (Vice Squad) in conversation
Saturday 30 July 2016, 17:00 to 18:00
£5 / £4 → Book

Founder of Bristol Archive Records Mike Darby, and former Vice Squad drummer and now punk writer Shane Baldwin share their stories about the Bristol punk scene in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s.
Bristol Archive Records is a record label and archival resource for Bristol post punk and reggae from 1977 onwards.

Bristol Archive Records archive provides an incredible historical account and document of all things from the Bristol punk scene including rare photographs of gigs and people from the scene, gig and club night posters, gig listings (including a remarkable comprehensive gig list from Richard Wyatt who attended a huge amount of gigs during the period 1978-1985), punk-oriented record labels and band discographies, gig and release reviews and stories from people active in the scene.
The record label element showcases music from the diverse Bristol punk and reggae scene from 1979 onwards, many of who are still active today. Many of the artists and releases are rare, unknown or never before released and the material has been lovingly digitally remastered from vinyl, ¼ inch tape, dat or cassette.

“Enjoy and never forget talent from the past, it deserves to be recognised & remembered.”
Bristol Archive Records have also kindly allowed us the use of their archival images for our commission with artist Phoebe Davies and students from UWEBA Graphic Design, which will be installed on a hoarding behind Arnolfini for the duration of Moving Targets.

Shane Baldwin was the drummer in the initial line up of punk band Vice Squad, formed in Bristol in 1978. Members of the band were involved in setting up the Riot City record label, which became one of the major punk labels of the era.

Today Shane is still very much involved in punk rock scene writing for a variety of publications and wrote the book ‘Last Rockers: The Vice Squad Story’. He is currently in the process of writing a new book about the Bristol punk scene of the late 70’s and early 80’s.
This event is part of the Moving Targets programme

Moving Targets
Friday 29 July 2016 to Sunday 11 September 2016, 11:00 to 18:00
Free →

Punk has more than one story

This summer at Arnolfini we embrace the unstable, the volatile and the unpredictable. In Punk’s 40th anniversary year, we draw on Bristol’s independent spirit and explore punk as an attitude that has more than one history and meaning.
Moving Targets brings an unruly summer season of music, performance, visual art and activities to the harbourside. Art works, sounds, events and workshops spill out of the building, taking over our foyer, leaking into the bookshop and café, and activating the outdoor space.
Arnolfini and the city of Bristol have a special relationship to punk. During July and August, join us to find out about other stories and ideas around punk and tell us what punk means to you.
Should we reject the future? Be angry, raw, fearless? Is there a place in punk for everyone?
Let’s step outside the gallery, make things happen, shout out loud, disrupt, improvise and make some noise!

Moving Targets includes:

A foyer takeover by artist Gillian Wylde, overloading with a frantic collage of images, sounds, video and text

Outdoor poster work exploring print as protest by artist Phoebe Davies and students from UWE Graphic Design in collaboration with Bristol Archive Records
Live radio shows by artist Jenny Moore and collective, gal-dem

Inhabit, a space to debate the future of our city, created by Young Arnolfini

Unmissable Music celebrating Bristol’s punk heritage

Plus a whole host of defiant performances, films, workshops, discussions and family activities.
*Our title Moving Targets is taken from and dedicated to Mimi Thi Nguyen and Golnar Nikpour’s amazing chapbook, ‘Punk is a Moving Target’, Guillotine press, 2013

Tags: Arnolfini, mike darby, Moving Targets, Punk, Shane Baldwin, Vice Squad


Friday, July 8th, 2016

Digital album released today.

Sometime in the mid 1990’s just before a rash of bands that became known as ‘GFB’s’ (girl fronted bands) appeared I picked up my guitar and wrote some tunes, Some proper tunes. The kind of songs that last three minutes, are played on bass, guitar and a drum kit and have verses and chorus and a middle eight. This collection is most of those songs. At the time Deb’ Haynes, ex singer with the wonderful Flatmates and I were living together. Just around the corner lived drummer and multi instrumentalist Jez Butler (Groove Farm, Beatnick Filmstars, The Twelve Hour Foundation) and Rupert Taylor (Groove Farm, Girl Boy Girl ). We were CAKE!

After some encouraging noises from local promoters (thanks to Dave Brayley and Merv Woolford) and a nice mention by John Peel in his Guardian review of Sound City in Bristol 1995, we spent some time in the rehearsal room and did some recordings. You will hear hints of The Small Faces / The Kinks / The Who / Neil Young and that’s no accident. We were happy with the results and duly sent of our lovingly prepared C60’s to labels / press / agents etc. Guess what happened. Nothing. Zilch. Zero. Oh well never mind.

We carried on swapping bass players several times until we found Ian Green (Fuzz against Junk). We played some great gigs. Some not so great and have the songs here to show for it. Listening back I think they still sound good. I hope you enjoy them.
(Howard Purse – May 2016)


Punks on Scooters

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Our next book is published on Oct 1st – More news very soon ‘We Are The Mods!’
Punks On Scooters Cover packshot