- Sharon Borthwick: On Azmud
- Esther Leslie: Derelicts - Thought Worms from the Wreckage
- 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
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.
Derelicts: Thought Worms from the Wreckage
Published: Mar 2014, 254pp
Philosophy and art with the imagination to actually change the world: this is the unfinished dream of history and the heart of the revolutionary modernism of the early 20th century, which globalised war and exploitation managed indefinitely to defer. Esther Leslie reopens the cold case on filmmakers, artists, thinkers and other animals, exiled or otherwise Disneyfied, and finds still-warm fertile ground for a wild future as yet unfulfilled. From ideal homes with traces erased to utopian rivers drawn back to their source, the alienated subject of history discerns its rightful place in the present tense, with no room for buts or half-measures. The derelicts of history find new life beyond commodified thought: would that the same could be said for all their readers..
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.