[Autonogram] Just released: PROVO // upcoming books // Taqwatour // assorted digital detritus

erika erika at autonomedia.org
Thu Aug 16 15:50:48 EDT 2007

Greetings, Autonogram subscribers:

We have some exciting releases and events to announce, a few new books
looming on the horizon, and some other developments of note....

Here’s a quick breakdown, more details follow below:

1. New book: PROVO: AMSTERDAM’S ANARCHIST REVOLT, by Richard Kempton 2.
Upcoming books: AKIBA: A GNOSTIC NOVEL, by p.m.; GYNOCIDE:
by Mariarosa Dalla Costa; THE ART OF FREE COOPERATION, edited by Geert
Lovink and Trebor Scholz
3. Upcoming events: Taqwatour, this weekend in NYC!
4. Recent social networking experiments: Autonomedia joins Myspace!? 5.
Prolonged digital catastrophies: Status of Interactivist Info Exchange 6.
Autonogram: Rites of passage

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1. New book: We are happy to announce the availability of PROVO:

Provo was one of those spirited resistance groups of the 1960s, like the
Diggers, Motherfuckers, Black Mask, the Yippies, the Situationists and the
White Panthers, whose interventions into everyday life still incite the
imagination of today’s radical milieu. The Provos provoked the police via
“happenings” and non-violent direct action, advocated for marijuana
legalization in Amsterdam, developed the White Bicycle Plan, and
established the groundwork of the anarchist Kabouter party, among many
other legendary episodes during their relatively short existence

PROVO is the first-ever book-length study of the Provos’ history available
in English. In eight chapters and seven appendices, Richard Kempton, who
arrived on the Provo scene in 1965, narrates the rise and fall of the
movement, touching upon its antecedents, contemporaneous influences,
inheritors, political successes and failures, and its philosophical
underpinnings via Sartre. He chronicles Robert Jasper Grootveld’s
anti-cancer campaign (a critique of the culture of addicted consumers and
the cigarette industry); the riots against Princess Beatrix’s
controversial marriage to an ex-Nazi (in the wake of her sister’s
unpopular marriage to a fascist); the White Plans, which included the
famous White Bicycle Plan (eco-sustainable, anti-capitalist, communal
transportation), White Chicken Plan (which called for the reform of the
Amsterdam police from agents of state brutality into social workers), and
the White Wives Plan (women’s sexual health advocacy), among others; as
well as the manifestos, leaflets, and eponymous publications they left
behind as their legacy. His firsthand account of these events, combined
with analysis of the social and political context the movement inhabited,
makes for an incredibly enjoyable and informative read.

Go directly to our bookstore:

For a press release:

For review copies, email:
info at autonomedia.org

There will be a reading and happening in September for the book’s release
in NYC, and subsequent events in Amsterdam and San Francisco. We’ll keep
you apprised of the whens and whereabouts.

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2. Upcoming books: for details, visit our catalog online
(http://www.autonomedia.org/catalog); for review copies (in PDF), email
info at autonomedia.org.

On September 9, 2007, the following books will become available:


A new novel with a science-fiction bent by the author of the
quintessentially utopian BOLO’BOLO (1983). The third edition of BOLO’BOLO
will be available in late 2007.


WOMEN, edited by Mariarosa Dalla Costa

Drawing on theoretical perspectives developed in recent years by radical
Italian feminism, this collection of essays traverses a male-dominated
medical history that spans from the persecution of witches in the 14th
century to contemporary hysterectomies. (Translated from the original
Italian for this edition.)


THE ART OF FREE COOPERATION, edited by Geert Lovink and Trebor Scholz

It’s all about collaboration! Book comes with a DVD for your multimedia

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3. Taqwatour

You may have read about the fictional Muslim Punk bands that preceded
these groups in the pages of Mike Knight’s novel THE TAQWACORES
(http://autonomedia.org/taqwacores). Now, the real Muslim Punk movement is
on tour, and is playing in the following New York-area venues:

Friday, August 17, 2007 @ The Mean Fiddler, 266 W. 47th Street (at 8th
Avenue), New York, NY
11 pm, http://www.themeanfiddlernyc.com

Sunday, August 19, 2007 @ Galapagos Art Space, 70 N. 6th Street (between
Kent and Wythe), Williamsburg, Brooklyn
10 pm, www.galapagosartspace.com

Monday, August 20, 2007 @ TBA
TBA, New Jersey

Featuring Taqwacore groups The Kominas (www.myspace.com/thekominas), Vote
Hezbollah (www.myspace.com/votehezbollah), and Al-Thawra
(www.myspace.com/althawra). Visit Mike Knight’s Myspace page
for additional tour dates.

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4. Autonomedia’s on Myspace

Don’t tell anyone... tell everyone! If you’re single and interested in
hooking up with a 24-year-old publisher of radical media, or just looking
for interesting new friend-avatars on Myspace, now’s your chance to
network with us: http://www.myspace.com/autonomedia.

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5. Interactivist Info Exchange

Please bear with us (for what is likely to be a very long time) as we
update our code from slash to Drupal.

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6. One last note before signing off: many thanks to Ben Meyers for writing
the Autonogram for all these years. May his dexterity and eloquence be
directly transferable.

Until next time,
erika at autonomedia.org

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