media and culture

1940-1945: The Zazous

An account of the French anti-Nazi cultural youth movement who opposed the Vichy regime in occupied France. Influenced by jazz and swing they met in basement clubs and scuffled with fascists on the streets.

TV Times 23-29 September

Welcome back to Class War’s TV guide for the revolutionary couch potato. If watching the Labour party conference, as sponsored by Sky News, is too much for you, why not try some of these programmes?

Mannin, Ethel - Albert Meltzer

Anarchist Albert Meltzer writes about British author and anarchist Ethel Edith Mannin.

Mirbeau, Octave, 1848-1917

Octave Mirbeau

A short account of the anarchist politics and practice of French author Octave Mirbeau, whose works include The Torture Garden.

Pissarro, Camille, 1830-1903

Haymakers Resting, 1891 (210 Kb); Oil on canvas, 65.4 x 81.3 cm (25 3/4 x 32 in); McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX

A short biography of French Impressionist artist and anarchist Camille Pisarro.

Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970

A short biography of Latvian-born abstract expressionist artist and anarchist, Mark Rothko.

TV Times 16-22 September

Welcome back to Class War’s TV guide for the revolutionary couch potato. With the political conference season starting, it is now particularly important to check those schedules rather than just switching on the telly willy-nilly!

Signac, Paul, 1863-1935

A short biography of Paul Signac a French neo-impressionist painter and anarchist who, working with Georges Seurat, helped develop the pointillist style.

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.