Xtra! The Paper for Armchair Terrorists

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Online archive of Xtra! - an anarchist/autonomist newspaper published in North London from 1979 until 1982. It seems like there were 10 issues?

Xtra's "Structureless Tyrants" included Simon Read (who infamously infiltrated the National Front's HQ Excalibur House in Shoreditch and became a key witness in the inquiry set up to investigate it). Martin Wright (who would later be involved with Class War) was also a contributor.

In 1981 a teenage Chemistry student in Nottingham was sentenced to three years imprisonment for distributing 200 photocopies of issue 8's cover story ("Burn Babylon Burn" on the Brixton riots) - see Black Flag vol 6 #11 p8.

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Submitted by Fozzie on July 17, 2020

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Serge Forward

3 years 7 months ago

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Submitted by Serge Forward on July 17, 2020

Xtra was my favourite read, back in the day!

Fozzie

3 years 7 months ago

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Submitted by Fozzie on July 18, 2020

It's a bit subcultural which doesn't ever age that well, but the uncompromising snide attitude is pretty refreshing still I reckon.

The stuff in the pilot issue and issue 8 about a member of Xtra! infiltrating the NF HQ and then getting nicked for trying to poison fash hardman Derrick Day is like something out of a TV thriller!

Serge Forward

3 years 7 months ago

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Submitted by Serge Forward on July 18, 2020

I only started reading it about issue 4 but was well impressed... "uncompromisingly snide"... that would have been a good slogan :D The Derrick Day stuff was dead good.

R Totale

3 years 7 months ago

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Submitted by R Totale on July 18, 2020

Ah, I think that's the same NF infiltrator who was profiled/interviewed here: https://invereskstreet.blogspot.com/2012/01/simon-says-by-ian-walker.html

Fozzie

3 years 7 months ago

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Submitted by Fozzie on July 18, 2020

Yup same one.

Steven.

1 year 3 months ago

Submitted by Steven. on November 24, 2022

Damn shame we missed it!

Fozzie

1 year 3 months ago

Submitted by Fozzie on November 24, 2022

£150 seems a bit steep though, especially as the auction includes a t-shirt and a bunch of material that is already on Libcom...

Steven.

1 year 3 months ago

Submitted by Steven. on November 24, 2022

Yeah definitely, if we had seen it we would have sent a message and asked to buy that just by itself

Fozzie

1 year 3 months ago

Submitted by Fozzie on November 24, 2022

Ah right - good to know if I spot anything similar in future...

Submitted by Steven. on November 25, 2022

Fozzie wrote: Ah right - good to know if I spot anything similar in future...

Great, thanks. Even if something is quite expensive potentially we could try to crowdfund it. Back in the day we did that with a bunch of solidarity materials