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NEW BOOKS FROM BOOKMARKS PUBLICATIONS

**Coming soon from Bookmarks Publications***

Marikana: A View from the Mountain and a Case to Answer

Peter Alexander, Thapelo Lekowa, Botsang Mmope, Luke Sinwell and Bongani Xezwi

978 1 909026 25 4

£7.99, out in January 2013

On 16 August 2012 near Marikana, South Africa, striking miners from the Lonmin company were fired on by police, resulting in 34 deaths. The heart of this book is a series of interviews with strikers, most of them recorded on “the mountain” close to where their comrades were killed. Also includes a narrative and analysis by Peter Alexander of the University of Johannesburg.

“The book provides a bottom-up account of the Marikana story, to correct an imbalance in many official and media accounts that privilege the viewpoints of governments and business, at the expense of workers.” Professor Jane Duncan, chair of Media and Information Studies at Rhodes University

“Well written, extremely scrupulous in its research and forceful in its argument.” Professor John Saul, Canadian political scientist, one of the world’s top experts on liberation struggle in Southern Africa

 

***Out now from Redwords***

 

Poems of Protest by William Morris

with an introduction by Michael Rosen

978 1 909026 05 6

£6.99 SPECIAL OFFER £5

Though most know him for his design work, William Morris was also an accomplished writer whose poetry was used as songs and chants for the socialist movement. This volume includes work that has not been published since first appearing as propaganda in The Commonweal, the paper of Morris’s Socialist League. Michael Rosen argues that his socialist poetry was part of a long tradition of protest writing and a signpost for future struggles.

Also included are “How I Became a Socialist” by William Morris and an afterword, “The Communist Poet-Laureate” by the Morris scholar Nicholas Salmon.

 

Crossing the ‘river of fire’: the socialism of William Morris

by Hassan Mahamdallie

978 1 909026 04 9

£9.99 SPECIAL OFFER £8

The ravages of industrial capitalism, imperialism and war, the destruction of the environment and above all, the enslavement of human labour to the machine, appalled William Morris. Hassan Mahamdallie shows that the socialism of Morris grew out of his view of the past and his hatred for a system of “shoddy” production and that during the last decades of his life he threw all his energy into the struggle to change the world.

 

Shostakovich: Socialism, Stalin & Symphonies

by Simon Behrman

9781905192663

£9.99 SPECIAL OFFER £8

His struggle to maintain artistic integrity as the Russian Revolution was replaced by a cruel dictatorship made Shostakovich a  tragic figure, but also a hero to his contemporaries, fellow musicians and audience. This book describes the importance of Shostakovich in transcending the artificial divide between popular and classical music. 

 

***All available from Bookmarks the socialist bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QE. Tel: 020 7637 1848  

Bookmarks Publications: http://www.bookmarksbookshop.co.uk

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/new-from-bookmarks-publications

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Revolution

AUTUMN EVENTS AT BOOKMARKS

 

The Cinema of Globalisation & Labour with Tom Zaniello

Thursday 13 September, 6.30pm, £2*

As part of the London Labour Film Festival, American author Tom Zaniello will be discussing radical cinema with a focus on films addressing globalisation and the working class wordwide. He addresses themes of neocolonialism, the growth of migratory labour, and movements to counter or protest its adverse effects. Looking at films from The Constant Gardener to Dirty Pretty Things and Syriana, Zaniello provides an inviting and accessible introduction to left-wing cinema today.

Tom Zaniello is the author of Working Stiffs, Unions Maids, Reds and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films about Labor and The Cinema of Globalisation: A Guide to Films about the New Economic Order. Read Tom Zaniello’s blog on the cinema of labour and globalisation, featuring a great selection of reviews http://tzaniello.wordpress.com

Venue: Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QE

Please contact us to reserve a place on 020 7637 1846 or events@bookmarks.uk.com

*£2 redeemable against any book purchase on the night

 

Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members and Criminals to fight the War on Terror with Matt Kennard

Tuesday 18 September, 6.30pm, £2*

Since the launch of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars the US military has struggled to recruit troops. It has responded by opening its doors to neo-Nazis, white supremacists, gang members, criminals and the mentally ill. Based on several years of reporting, Irregular Army includes extensive interviews with extremist veterans and leaders of far-right hate groups—who spoke openly of their eagerness to have their followers acquire military training for a coming domestic race war. As a report commissioned by the Department of Defense itself put it, “Effectively, the military has a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy pertaining to extremism.”

Irregular Army connects some of the War on Terror’s worst crimes to this opening-up of the US military.

Matt Kennard is a journalist based in London. He has worked for the Financial Times in Washington, New York, and London, and has written for Salon, the Chicago Tribune, and the Guardian. 

Venue: Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QE

Please contact us to reserve a place on 020 7637 1846 or events@bookmarks.uk.com

*£2 redeemable against any book purchase on the night

 

European Revolutionaries and Algerian Independence 1954 – 1962 with Ian Birchall

Thursday 27 September, 6.30pm, £2*

2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Algerian independence.

National liberation was achieved after an exceptionally bitter war lasting seven-and-a-half years, though it was not recognised as a war by the French authorities, who treated Algerian combatants as criminals.

Ian Birchall introduces the first full account of how revolutionary socialists gave solidarity with the Algerian Independence struggle. From encouraging desertion from the French Foreign Legion to the actions of militants at Renault-Billancourt.  

Venue: Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QE

Please contact us to reserve a place on 020 7637 1846 or events@bookmarks.uk.com

*£2 redeemable against any book purchase on the night

 

Shalom Comrade: A Musical Event with the London Klezmer Quartet

Monday 8 October, 6.30pm, £5 (advance booking strongly advised)

Join the London Klezmer Quartet and the founders of Jewish Socialist Magazine for an exploration of Jewish music, cultural and political life in the

Soviet Union before World War II. With Julia Bard and David Rosenberg.

“Dynamic and authentic.” Time Out, London

“The London Klezmer Quartet brims with musicality and elicits every emotion possible in my soul… I want to laugh, I want to cry, but most importantly I want to dance!” Amy Ray, Indigo Girls

Venue: Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QE

Please contact us to reserve a place on 020 7637 1846 or events@bookmarks.uk.com

 

Liberate Your Mind!

Bookmarks Bookshop

1 Bloomsbury Street

London

WC1B 3QE

020 7637 1848

http://www.bookmarksbookshop.co.uk

 

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First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/autumn-events-at-bookmarks

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

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Crack Capitalism

CRACK CAPITALISM – JOHN HOLLOWAY

Crack Capitalism

With John Holloway

At Bookmarks Bookshop Thursday 11 November, 6.30pm

What are the most effective methods of going beyond capitalism? Holloway argues that the capitalism is already badly cracked. The question is whether cracks are enough to break the whole system?

This book will doubtless spark new debates (and reignite some old ones) about the way forward for movements that want to challenge capitalism.

John Holloway is a Professor at the Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla in Mexico. His publications include Change the World Without Taking Power (Pluto, 2005), Zapatista! Rethinking Revolution in Mexico (co-editor, Pluto, 1998) and Global Capital, National State and The Politics of Money (co-editor, 1994).

Bookmarks events are free to attend, but please contact us in advance to reserve your place.

Bookmarks Bookshop
1 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QE
events@bookmarks.uk.com
020 7637 1848
http://www.bookmarksbookshop.co.uk

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Books

NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM BOOKMARKS – SUMMER 2010

The Red in the Rainbow: Sexuality, Socialism and LGBT Liberation, by Hannah Dee. £7.99 SPECIAL OFFER £7 www.tinyurl.com/getrainbow 
This inspiring story of the fight for LGBT liberation travels across continents and centuries uncovering the radical struggle for sexual freedom. It should be read by every activist who aspires to live in a world where we can all be free to love and live as we choose, free from oppression and persecution.

Chris Harman – Selected Writings. £16.99 SPECIAL OFFER £15 www.tinyurl.com/selectedwritings 
As well as writing a whole number of important books and pamphlets, including A People’s History of the World (Verso 2008) and Zombie Capitalism (Bookmarks 2009), Chris Harman produced a steady flow of commentary, journalism and major articles on a very wide range of topics – from economics to philosophy, from the contemporary state of the class struggle to cultural theory, from the history of world development to the history of the workers’ movement in many parts of the world, from women’s liberation and Islam to the defence and development of revolutionary strategy. Here we reproduce just a selection of his articles. Read, and learn.

Breaking their Chains: Mary Macarthur and the Chainmakers’ Strike of 1910 by Tony Barnsley. £6.99 SPECIAL OFFER £5 www.tinyurl.com/chainmakers
For two months in the autumn of 1910 hundreds of women chainmakers in the Black Country struck for a minimum wage that would double their incomes – and won. Tony Barnsley tells the largely forgotten story of the strike, a prelude to the Great Unrest which would sweep the country in 1911.

Redwords Revolutionary Portraits Shostakovich: Socialism, Stalin and Symphonies by Simon Behrman. £9.99 SPECIAL OFFER £8 www.tinyurl.com/portraitshostakovich
The life and career of Dmitri Shostakovich, more than any other classical composer of the 20th century, has provided the most hotly debated meeting point between politics and art. Simon Behrman recounts his struggle to maintain artistic integrity as the Revolution was replaced by a cruel dictatorship, making Shostakovich a tragic figure, but also a hero to his contemporaries, fellow musicians and audience alike.

Back in print:

The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx by Alex Callinicos. £9.99 SPECIAL OFFER £8 www.tinyurl.com/revideas
The classic introduction to Marx’s life and politics – a crucial reference for any student of revolutionary Marxism.

Lenin: Building the Party, 1893-1914 by Tony Cliff. £16.99 SPECIAL OFFER £15 www.tinyurl.com/leninvol1
Lenin’s fight to build a revolutionary organisation capable of leading the struggles to come is analysed by Cliff, who shows both the historical specifics of Russia in the death throws of Tsarism and the lessons we can learn as revolutionaries today.

TO ORDER ANY OF THESE TITLES go to http://www.bookmarksbookshop.co.uk or call Bookmarks Bookshop on 020 7637 1848 or visit us at 1 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QE

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Crisis Sublime

SPRING AUTHOR EVENTS AT BOOKMARKS

Bookmarks Bookshop is pleased to announce our Spring 2010 programme of author events. Most events are free to attend. You can have a glass of wine, listen to the authors introduce their books, and ask questions. Afterwards, you can browse our selection of radical books, DVDs, t-shirts, gifts and cards. To book a place at any of the events below,  email: events@bookmarks.uk.com

The Imperial Controversy: Challenging the Empire Apologists, by Andrew Murray (Chair of Stop the War Coalition), Tuesday 20 April 6.30pm, Free.
Andrew Murray meticulously uncovers the intimate links between the war on terror and the history of empire, between colonialism and Nazism, between the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq and Britain’s bloody imperial record – and shows why the cheerleaders for today’s western military interventions now want to rehabilitate it. (Seumas Milne)

My Father Was a Freedom Fighter
Ramzy Baroud
Friday 23 April, 6.30pm, Free
Ramzy Baroud’s new book provides a deeply personal account of his family’s experiences, across three generations, of the theft and occupation of Palestine by the Israeli state. The book places Baroud’s experiences within the context of the broader political events of the conflict, in such a stark and moving way that this account evokes an understanding of what it is to be a Palestinian in a Gazan refugee camp.

The Enigma of Capital: And the Crisis of Capitalism/Companion to Capital
David Harvey
Tuesday 27 April, 6.30pm, Free
Capitalism will never fall on its own. It will have to be pushed. The accumulation of capital will never cease. It will have to be stopped. The capitalist class will never willingly surrender its power. It will have to be dispossessed. David Harvey is the world’s most cited academic geographer and his course on Marx’s Capital has been downloaded by well over 250,000 people since mid-2008.

Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists
Danny Dorling
Monday 10 May , 6.30pm, Free
“Beliefs which serve privilege, elitism and inequality, infect our minds like computer viruses. But now Dorling provides the brain-cleaning software we need to begin creating a happier society.” Richard Wilkinson author of “The Spirit Level”

Night of the Golden Butterfly
Tariq Ali
Wed 12 May, 7.30pm, £4/£2 concessions
Political campaigner, novelist and historian Tariq Ali will be talking about the fifth and concluding book in the Islam Quintet. Bloomsbury Church, 235 Shaftesbury Ave, WC2H 8EP, 2 minutes from Bookmarks

Bonfire of Illusions: The Twin Crises of the Liberal World
Alex Callinicos
Tuesday 18 May, 6.30pm, Free
The crisis of 2007–9 is an event of historic importance that has affected economy, society and politics. Callinicos analyses its causes within the broader development of capitalism in recent decades. Particularly relevant is his stress on ‘financialisation’ as well as the implications he draws regarding the balance of imperial power across the world.

Bookmarks: The Socialist Bookshop
http://www.bookmarksbookshop.co.uk
1 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QE
020 7637 1848

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Mountain Walk

CAPITALISM, CLASS AND CLIMATE CHANGE

International Socialism journal seminar: Gareth Dale and Jonathan Neale on Capitalism, Class and Climate Change

Gareth Dale, author of “Corporations and climate change” and several books on East Germany, and Jonathan Neale, author of Stop Global Warming: Change the World and secretary of the Campaign against Climate Change (pc), present the latest in our series of seminars.

In the wake of the fiasco at Copenhagen, Gareth and Jonathan will be presenting an in-depth discussion of climate change, ranging from the science behind it through to the role of the working class in preventing it. This seminar will be of real benefit to all those concerned about climate change, whether new to the subject or a longstanding campaigner.

7pm, Monday 25 January, King’s College Waterloo Campus: (F-WB Classroom 2.40, 2nd floor of the Franlkin-Wilking building) Map: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/about/campuses/waterloo.html

This seminar is free to attend and open to all. For more information phone 020 7819 1177 or email isj@swp.org.uk

As background for the discussion, you may want to read:

Gareth’s article from International Socialism 116, available online: http://www.isj.org.uk/?id=369

Jonathan’s recent articles on Copenhagen (http://www.swp.org.uk/23/12/2009/copenhagen-betrayal-jonathan-neale and http://www.swp.org.uk/23/12/2009/copenhagen-new-movement-jonathan-neale)

Jonathan’s book is available from Bookmarks for the reduced price of £10: http://www.bookmarksbookshop.co.uk/cgi/store/bookmark.cgi?review=new&isbn=9781905192373&cart_id=9137614.28572

International Socialism: http://www.isj.org.uk +44 (0)20 7819 1177

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Why Read ‘Capital’? Marx in the 21st Century

 

Launching a fortnightly seminar discussing the main issues & themes in Karl Marx’s Capital Volume I
 

 

Open to anyone with an interest in finding out more about Marx’s great work.

‘WHY READ CAPITAL?’
Marx in the 21st Century

Speaker: Prof. Alex Callinicos
Tuesday 10th February
6pm
Room K4U.12

Strand Campus
King’s College

London
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The ever-deepening crisis of capitalism is sending tremors through the dominant neo-liberal economic consensus.
Many people are now questioning the logic of the free-market, and looking for an explanation of the current crisis.

Prof Alex Callinicos (European Studies, Author of The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx) looks again at Marx’s Capital, his understanding of the system, and argues for its continued and growing importance.

 


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Called by a group of King’s students (in association with the International Socialism Journal, http://www.isj.org.uk) this meeting hopes to launch a fortnightly seminar discussing the main issues & themes in Capital Volume I, but is open to anyone with an interest in finding out more about Marx’s great work.


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Copies of Capital Volume I & associated works will be available at a stall provided kindly by Bookmarks Bookshop: http://www.bookmarks.uk.com

 

 

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