PD only: The memoirs of a Situationist drummer

The fire last time

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

THE NOTRE-DAME AFFAIR, 1950 4 members of the Lettrist group staged this protest: Michel Mourre, Ghislain Desnoyers de Marbaix, Serge Berna, Jean Rullier..Mourre was an ex-Dominican friar. This was the text read by Mourre from the pulpit during a lull in the easter mass: Today, Easter day of the Holy Year, Here, under the emblem [...]

From the archives: Pretty Vague

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

‘Some post-publicity about the recent reprint of King Mob Echo’: Recently, Dark Star (Tom Vague, Malcolm Hopkins) reprinted the pro-situationist magazine called King Mob Echo plus other texts, including The Revolution of Modern Art of The Modern Art of Revolution. Nothing wrong with that of course. The only trouble is that they have added a [...]

Why some should drink more!

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

IN VINO VERITAS The recent attacks on Edward Sexby are laughable. They do not help a dialogue flow. First it seems that Edward Sexby got it wrong when he said that Sotram had been awarded a degree by submitting Asger Jorn’s Pour La Forme. He did reprint that document. But that was not his degree [...]

On Bruno Vayr-Piova

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

On the life and death of ex Situationist Bruno Vayr-Piova here. In the run-up to May 68, Vayr-Piova was instrumental in getting The Poverty of Student Life printed. Later on, things got hot for him – splits, etc.

On the Danish Resistance

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The excellent film shown on BBC4 on the 29th of January, called Flame and Citron made by Ole Christian Madsen (2008), clearly depicted what the DR was all about, especially the grey areas, of double agents for example. It analysed the calculations of politicians within the DR as to what will take place once Danemark [...]

Vaneigem and the Texan anarchists

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Around November 1963 when JFK was assassinated -we still do not know who was behind that murder, and we can’t rely on Stephen King’s latest book to tell us-, Vaneigem thought it was Texan Anarchists who were behind that horrific deed. Vaneigem really lived in a make believe world. Has he improved since 1963. It [...]

‘Dissolved amongst our memories’

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

In 1958 , in the review Internationale situationniste no1, there was an article about how Ralph Rumney got lost there trying to do a pyschogeographic report of the place. He was supposed to send back a detailed report of his drifts around the laguna of Venice. He eventually sent some text with the help of [...]

Vaneigem and Brimstone

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Recently in one of his yearly books (bit like the Queen’s Speech? – Ed.) Vaneigem admitted that he had been writing the same book over and over…He had just been adding chapters to his Traite de savoir-vivre a l’usage des jeunes genarations(1967). Not much progress of thought there, just a routine. Maybe it is a [...]

More on the glorious month of May 1968

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

WHAT IS THE BEST TEXT ABOUT MAY 1968 IN FRANCE? Recently a member of the editorial of Principia Dialectica asked that question…We can point to one document called LE COMMENCEMENT D’UNE EPOQUE/THE BEGINNING OF AN EPOCH. Published in 1969 in Internationale situationniste no.12. “May 1968 was the greatest revolutionary moment since the Paris Commune” . [...]

Scrambled

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Stephen Fry as the quiz master of QI TV show, spoke of the Second World last night, notably the RAF and some of the foreign crews which helped to man the planes (he forgot to mention the mechanics). He said that foreign pilots came from Czechoslovakia, Poland, but failed to mention all the others. In [...]