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Attila The Stockbroker -+ The Piranhas + Steve Drewett (Newtown Neurotics) + Little Dave Attila The Stockbroker + The Piranhas + Steve Drewett (Newtown Neurotics) + Little Dave The Square, Harlow ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER LAUNCHES HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY ARGUMENTS YARD Published Sept 2015 the 35th anniversary of his first gigCopies available on the nightAttila will be reading from the book, especially the bits about Harlow, and there will be appearances by a cast of its characters TBC! (Sadly not the Spencers Croft Cat.)The Piranhas are Attilas original Brighton 1977 punk heroes and he thought itd be great to bring his home towns finest to his adopted home town to launch his autobiography needless to say his best mate Steve Drewett from the Newtown Neurotics, with whom he shared so many stages in the 80s, will be doing a solo set too. The Piranhas, of course, will present a string of tongue in cheek punk classics Getting Beaten Up, Boyfriend Jilly Coloured Music I Dont Want My Body and many more. And Tom Hark of course :)Propelled into public consciousness by legendary Radio One DJ John Peel in the early Eighties, Attila the Stockbroker has spent 35 years touring the world, performing well over 3000 gigs in 24 countries and releasing about 20 LPs/CDs, 10 EPs and 7 books of poetry. As many will know he did most of his early gigs in and around Harlow, where he lived for much of the 1980s the first on Sept 8 1980 at Bush Fair Playbarn, supporting the De-Fex, The Condemmed and The Unborn Dead. This book is social history and personal story combined: a cultural activists eyewitness journey through the great political battles and movements of recent times. Rock Against Racism/Anti Nazi League, Miners Strike, Wapping dispute, Red Wedge, Poll Tax, campaigns against two Gulf Wars. There are memoirs from all over the UK and mainland Europe and his many tours of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA, and the centrepiece of the book is the story of his time performing all over East Germany as the campaign for democratic socialist change grew: history observed at first hand.He toured East Germany 4 times before the Wall came down (twice with his great friends the Newtown Neurotics) and twice more immediately afterwards, was involved in the first ever punk performance in Stalinist Albania and had to turn down playing in North Korea because he was already booked to tour sensible old Canada. He once stood in for Donny Osmond at a gig. He was targeted by fascists during the early Eighties and as well as the physical stuff once had a 10 minute stand up political argument with notorious Nazi band Skrewdriver singer Ian Stuart in the middle of a Black Flag gig at the 100 Club in Londons Oxford Street.Having got an encore as the support act, he was thrown out of his own gig by the bouncers on the orders of the main act John Cale, one of his all time musical heroes.His support acts? Theyve included Manic Street Preachers, Julian Clary, New Model Army and Billy Bragg. And in the early 80s the incredibly influential Radio One DJ Steve Lamacq was his roadie for a while. He has led his medieval punk band Barnstormer for 20 years as well as the solo stuff but he did his first ever punk gig as bass player in Brighton Riot Squad in 1977 in Brightons legendary Vault, where coffins and skeletons from nineteenth century Huguenot plague victims kept coming through the walls.Reviewing his first album in the NME, Don Watson said that he would rather gnaw through his own arm than listen to it again! Didnt deter Attila though: that was 32 years ago. Didnt deter New Zealand either: when he arrived for his first tour in 1991 both national TV channels were waiting to greet him at the airport. And when Attila argues with a journalist he knows the score because he is one too, having written for NME, Sounds, Time Out, The Guardian and The Independent among others. He currently does a regular column in the Morning Star. Back home he had done every Glastonbury Festival since 1983 and organizes his own beer/music extravaganza. Glastonwick, in his native West Sussex. He was at the heart of a 15 year campaign to save his beloved Brighton & Hove Albion FC from oblivion. And he tells of a happy childhood ripped apart by his fathers death and, forty years later, of how he and his wife nursed his mother through a 6 year battle with Alzheimers. Above all, though, his message is a simple one: you dont need to be a celebrity to have a wonderful life earning your living doing what you love. You just have to have a way with words, the self-confidence and organizational ability of Napoleon and a skin thicker than the armour of a Chieftain tank.Save
Sounds Like: The Clash, Hilaire Belloc, John Cooper Clarke
Label: Roundhead Records (my own...)
Bio: Hi everyone - I'm Attila and I organise this site myself (and all my other stuff, as I have done for 35 years as Attila the Stockbroker!) If you are interested in booking me for a gig, or just want to get in touch, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll get straight though! Or...See Full Bio