Online archive of Alive & Kicking - a local anarchist magazine published in Cambridge in the mid-1980s.
Alive & Kicking: Cambridge Anarchist News
At least three issues were published in 1984 and 1985. Alive & Kicking was a continuation of the publication "No Choice" which was itself preceded by "Grapevine" (also the name of a local radical bookshop). The origin story is set out in the introduction to the first issue.
Alive & Kicking: Cambridge Anarchist News #1 1984
Including reports from: IWA congress, Cambridge City Council meeting on policing, visit to miners strike in Nottinghamshire, etc.
- Introduction (origins of the magazine and difficulties getting anarchist material stocked in local shops)
- Report from International Workers Association congress in Madrid
- Report from Cambridge City Council meeting discussing of local police being used in the miners strike
- Computer crime
- Report on visit to Nottinghamshire to support striking miners
- Free love
- Local listings
With thanks to Kate Sharpley Library for providing a copy to be scanned.
Alive & Kicking: Cambridge Anarchist News #2 1984
Including: NHS, free love, Defend the Alconbury Nine, miners strike, hunt sabbing, Northern Ireland, MANarchism, nuclear power, resisting repression, local listings, Territorial Army pisstkae advert etc.
PDF courtesy of Sparrows Nest Archive, Nottingham.
The cover is a reference to a hoax by the Animal Liberation Front in November 1984. The ALF claimed to the media that it had contaminated Mars Bars as part of a campaign to force the Mars company to stop conducting tooth decay tests on monkeys. The Sunday Mirror received a call from the ALF saying it had injected Mars Bars in stores throughout the country with rat poison. The call was followed by a letter containing a Mars Bar, presumed to be contaminated, and the claim that these were on sale in London, Leeds, York, Southampton, and Coventry. Millions of bars were removed from shelves and Mars halted production, at a cost to the company of $4.5 million. The ALF subsequently admitted the claims had been a hoax.
Alive & Kicking: Cambridge Anarchist News #3 1985
Including: direct action against youth homelessness in Cambridge, cops raid local bookshop over anti-cop poster, hospital cleaning outsourcing, Class War bash the rich Henley, secret Regional Seats of Government bunkers, NIREX and nuclear waste, local animal libber is fascist, animal rights, miners strike prisoner writes, etc.
Possibly the last issue?
With thanks to Sparrows Nest Archive, Nottingham for the PDF.