media and culture

Traven, B., 1890-1969

B. Traven, aka Ret Marut

A short biography of B. Traven, German underground author, anarchist and writer of the Treasure of Sierra Madre. [This article contains several factual inaccuracies and is typical of the many myths and half truths that have circulated concerning the mysterious B. Traven. For example, the date and location of birth given here are entirely speculative. For the known facts concerning Traven and a far more accurate account, see here;]

1915: The murder of Joe Hill

Joe Hill.

The story of the death of the American trade unionist, revolutionary and popular song-writer Joe Hill, framed for murder and executed.

The cultural Cold War: corporate and state intervention in the arts - Mike Harman

Number 8 by Jackson Pollock.

A look at involvement of governments and corporations attempting to push their interests in the world of art and culture since the middle of the last century.

1919-1950: The politics of Surrealism

A history of Surrealism and its links with politics and, in particular, anarchism and socialism.

1883-today: The radical history of Aussie rules football

A history of Aussie rules football and its intersection with working class politics since the first football strike in 1883.

1862-1999: Revolutionary song in Italy

Portrait of Pietro Gori

The history of song, music, class struggle and anarchism in Italy's turbulent past.

1789-1989: Revolutionary song in France

French Revolution

A history of song, music and revolutionary working class politics in France from the 1789 Revolution up to the 1980s and punk.

1972: The Quebec general strike

Demonstrators clash with police during the la Presse strike, 1971

The story of one of the largest working class rebellions in American history. 300,000 workers participated in North America's largest general strike to that date, radio stations were seized, factories were occupied, and entire towns were brought under workers' control, and it won important gains

Shusui, Kotoko, 1871-1911

A short biography of journalist Kotoku Shusui, who helped introduce anarchism to Japan and was executed for treason.