Ecstatic Peace Library presents Ripped & Torn Fest

Tony Drayton (In-conversation) + Thurston Moore (live) + Big Joanie (live) + CXR (live)

Tuesday, 16th October 2018

Rough Trade East

Doors 6:30pm
On-stage 7:00pm
Signing after show
Free entry

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Tony D’s Ripped & Torn was the loudest and coolest fanzine in the UK. To celebrate the publication of the new Ripped & Torn compendium, Ecstatic Peace Library and Rough Trade are hosting a festival of punk.

With conversations about and with the 1970s and 1980s musicians and writers as well as performances by their contemporary counterparts ‘The Ripped & Torn Fest’ will be an evening of gigs, talks, and fun as we explore Punk's London roots as well as its continuing influence, from fashion to film, politics to identity, and of course, music.

Thurston Moore from (post-punk rock band Sonic Youth) will conduct a q&a with Tony D. about starting up the legendary fanzine Ripped & Torn. London’s black feminist punk band Big Joanie will play new songs from their upcoming album. And new London punk act CXR will follow with their hyper energetic set of hardcore tunes.

Tony founded two legendary punk fanzines, Ripped & Torn in 1976 and Kill Your Pet Puppy in 1980. He chronicled the rise of punk and how it developed into a lifestyle whilst living the life and being highly active on the anarcho-punk scene in the early eighties, helping set up the Black Sheep Housing Co-op and a peace centre at Centro Iberico in London. Tony written for music publications such as Sounds, NME, Record Mirror, Zig Zag & Punk Lives. Tony left music journalism in 1984 to perform and develop a punk circus across Europe, pioneering the likes of Archaos, before touring the world in his own right as a fire-breathing entertainer; in which time he did such things as meeting Lady Di and unicycling around the Royal Albert Hall dressed as an enormous goose.

Thurston Moore is an American musician best known as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. He has also participated in many solo and group collaborations, including Sonic Youth, as well as running the Ecstatic Peace Library publishing house and the Ecstatic Peace! record label.

BIG JOANIE are Stephanie Phillips (singer/guitarist), Estella Adeyeri (bass) and Chardine Taylor-Stone (drums). As part of London’s thriving DIY punk scene BIG JOANIE have played with locals Shopping; toured with US punks Downtown Boys; and Dutch Punk band The Ex; and performed at the first UK Afropunk festival. Inspired by The Ronettes, Nirvana, Breeders and Jesus and Mary Chain, Big Joanie have described themselves as being “similar to The Ronettes filtered through ’80s DIY and Riot Grrrl with a sprinkling of dashikis.”

CXR is breakneck punk thru viewfinders of Artaudian performance art and political disrupt. CXR likes Teenage Jesus & The Jerks, Arab On Radar, Psychic TV, Rosa Yemen, Siri Hustvedt, This Heat, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Sonic Youth.