Freitag, 10. Februar 2012

Ostzonensuppenwürfelmachenkrebs - Absolut nicht frei

Having formed in 1986, the band with that absurd sounding name – borrowed from the headline of a German tabloid ("East German Stock Cubes Give You Cancer") – released their “Für Zuhause” LP on L´AGE D´OR in 1990 which still is considered as one of the most important German releases of the 90’s.

On their first two releases, the formation around singer, songwriter and guitarist Carsten Hellberg sang in English, then they stopped singing altogether, and in the end in German. The usual process of finding the right language and its implementation as regards the lyrics likewise applied to the music of this band – affectionately also known as the SuWüs (short for "Suppenwürfel"). At the beginning it was something like offbeat, non-classifiable folk core rock (from A as in Amon Düül to Z as in Zappa, there seemed to be a bit of everything in it) which, despite the vast range of styles, depicted incredible homogeneity.

On their last triumphant release, “Leichte Teile, kleiner Rock” (1998), the SuWüs discover groove and continue to impress with their intellectual and also very private lyrics without coming across as smart-arses. It’s so easy: regaining speech. Organizing the vocals and instrumentation more compactly. Formulating more succinctly. Bringing on an indie prog rock smasher as if one were half nuts, and picking up anything from King Crimson to Built to Spill or whatever you happen to find along the way. History speaks.

Here´s their 1992 album, called "Absolut nicht frei" (L'Age D'Or):

Ostzonensuppenwürfel - Absolut nicht frei
(192 kbps, front cover included)

Samstag, 4. Februar 2012

Emma Goldman - "Mother Of Anarchism"

"To the daring belongs the future… when we run out of dreams, we die… - Emma Goldman said that. And it’s the truth."
— Federico Arcos

"Anarchism really stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion; the liberation of the human body from the dominion of property; liberation from the shackles and restraint of government." - Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman (June 27, 1869 – May 14, 1940) aka 'Red Emma', was a Kaunas, Lithuania-born anarchist known for her writings and speeches. She was lionized as an iconic "rebel woman" feminist by admirers, and derided as an advocate of politically motivated murder and violent revolution by her critics.
Goldman played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in the United States and Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. She emigrated to the United States at seventeen and was later deported to Russia, where she witnessed the results of the Russian Revolution. She spent a number of years in Southern France where she wrote her autobiography, "Living My Life", and other works, before taking part in the Spanish Civil War in 1936 as the English language representative in London of the CNT-FAI.

Her commitment to Anarchism and her activist inclinations led her to champion the causes of labor, anti-militarism, atheism, prison reform, and women's rights -- not just in the U.S. but abroad as well. After her deportation to Russian in 1919, and subsequent disillusionment with the so-called Soviet revolution, Emma never gave up hope that her anarchist ideals might still find fertile ground. She saw the flower bloom in Spain. Citizens and workers, organized by the CNT-FAI, the Anarcho-Syndicalist union, quickly suppressed the July, 1936 uprising of the army, led by General Franco, in both Barcelona and the countryside. Emma, 67 years old, rushed to lend her support.

Here are some works by Emma Goldman and her autobiography:
Emma Goldmann - Works & Autobiography
The file contents the following texts:

Emma Goldman - 1908 - What I Believe.pdf
Emma Goldman - 1909 - A New Declaration of Independence.pdf
Emma Goldman - 1910 - Anarchism What It Really Stands For.pdf
Emma Goldman - 1911 - Francisco Ferrer and The Modern School.pdf
Emma Goldman - 1914 - Voltairine De Cleyre.pdf
Emma Goldman - 1917 - Address To The Jury.pdf
Emma Goldman - 1918 - The Truth About the Bolsheviki.pdf
Emma Goldman - 1923 - My Disillusionment in Russia.pdf
Emma Goldman - 1924 - My Further Disillusionment in Russia.pdf
Emma Goldman - 1931 - Living My Life.pdf
Emma Goldman - 1934 - Was My Life Worth Living.pdf
Emma Goldman - Anarchy Defended by Anarchists.pdf
Emma Goldman - Socialism Caught in the Political Trap.pdf
Emma Goldman - The Social Importance of the Modern School.pdf
Hippolyte Havel - 1911 - EMMA GOLDMAN (Biography).pdf

More Emma Goldman materials on:
"The Emma Goldman Papers (DL SunSITE)":