- Dave Renton: Socialism From Below - Writings From an Unfinished Tradition
- Steve Parry: Proud to be Part of the IS Tradiiton
- Ian Land: The SWP vs. Lenin
- Chicago Surrealists: In Memory of Georg Lukacs
- Ben Watson: F'Luke
- Andy Wilson (ed): Cosmic Orgasm: The Music of Iancu Dumitrescu
- Ben Watson: Music, Violence, Truth
- Ken Fox: Azmud
About Unkant and the AMM
The ASSOCIATION OF MUSICAL MARXISTS was founded by Andy Wilson and Ben Watson after being subjected to a thirty-minute eternity of Bourdieu-style ‘objective’ sociology of music at the recent Historical Materialism conference.
Sick of being treated like party-spoilers, soppy mystics and ‘undertheorised’ unprofitable scum, the devotees of truth in music have decided to stand up and make themselves heard.
Socialism From Below: Writings From an Unfinished Tradiiton
Published: Jul 2013, 202pp
Argumentative, contentious and thought-provoking, these collected articles
invite us to critically reconnect as a diaspora to the IS tradition – not only
of Cliff or Harman, but also Hallas, Kidron, Sedgwick, MacIntyre, Harris,
Widgery, Higgins and many others, many unsung. This is the extension of an
invitation to reconnect not as a lifeless antiquarian exercise or arrogant exclusivism
but in the spirit of the critical slogan ‘the IS tradition is dead! Long
Live the IS tradition!’
Cosmic Orgasm: The Music of Iancu Dumitrescu
Published: May 2013, 406pp
Of all living composers, Dumitrescu is the one who has most exploded sound. Dumitrescu’s work is a negation, from the depths, of everything in contemporary music symptomatic of distraction, of banalisation, and of a radical loss of purpose. His music is not a new convolution in the knot of modern music, but an unravelling of the curse.
As a creator of radical music that breaks convention, riding on the edge of the classical avant garde onto realms more closely associated with the likes of Nurse With Wound or The Hafler Trio, Iancu Dumitrescu has the talent to lure you in, mystify and startle with unnerving ferocity.
The book tells the story of the British Trotskyists as they emerged from the Second World War, and of how the group around Tony Cliff built a distinct tendency based on the theories of State Capitalism and the Permanent Arms Economy. Higgin's describes the development of this, the IS tendency from Cliff's early years in Palestine, through the 50s and 60s, down to the expulsion of the IS Opposition in the mid-70s, shortly before the International Socialists declared themselves a fully blown revolutionary party, the SWP.
Published with a new Foreword by John Game