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Shibboleth: My Revolting Life Paperback – 3 Mar 1999

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: AK Press (3 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873176406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873176405
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.8 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 757,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A wonderful and truly inspiring read - political perhaps, but far more than just being another 'rise up and revolt' manifesto, it's a deeply human and moving story. After spending his life involved in various forms of cultural subversion and having witnessed the appalling (though clever) actions of the state in stamping out all and any activity that even hints at a challenge to the UK state, Penny Rimbaud arrives at an almost philosophical view of how we can most effectively use our personal spirit of rebellion. I really felt this was an important book - for anyone living in the UK - especially if you suspect there may be a little more to life than aspiring toward a bigger car, mortgage and comfy sofa, and that perhaps there could be a sinister edge to the fact that so many people find their lives unwittingly subdued and dominated by these socially constructed/state controlled desires. Made me ask real questions about my own life, the compromises I have made, and what I'm going to do about them...
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Having had the priviledge of meeting Penny recently, I thought this was going to be a rather special book. While I was growing up my attitude to life was partly influenced by Crass and the whole anarcho-pacifist philosophy. This book perfectly explains how the hippy movement was forced into militancy by 'the system' and of one man's part in it. Let's be straight, this is not an easy book to read. It chops and changes from reality to parable to poetry and back again, but the lasting impression it has left me with is one of total honesty, imtegrity and a deeply caring attitude. This is a book which has shaken me out of my apathy and started to make me think again about what is happening in the world.
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An interesting insight into how events throughout Penny's life have shaped his psyche and attitude into being one of life's great 'outsiders', watchful and often hateful of the 'grey people' of society. His account of how Wally Hope became a victim of the UK government's agencies, is worth the cover price alone. Recommended reading for those with a 'free' mind, and those curious to how Crass came to exist in popularity and notoriety.
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This is a powerful book.

Even more relevent now 'Cameron's Crew' are in Number 10!

As you'd expect from a former member of CRASS Penny Rimbaud says it how he see's it - no compromise.

My first attempt at reviewing this book got censored by amazon, probably 'cos it was a bit 'controversial' as in I honestly stated how this book made me feel - I should have known better than to have been so blatantly REAL!

Penny recounts the atriocities of the true story of the lead up to and the ultimate death of Wally Hope.

He also makes you think 'outside the box' about so called 'society' and the larger aspects of Anarchism in it's true sense (not the badge wearing tokenism version).

PROFOUND - UNSETTLING - MOTIVATING

This book is not just 'thought provoking' it is 'THOUGHT DEMANDING!'
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was a big fan of Crass in the early days ('78 to '84); the ultimate punk band in my opinion. And not just musically; they were self-sufficient in every way, meaning every last word they wrote in their lyrics. So I was excited to finally pick up a copy of this book. There are some strange meanderings in here, to be sure, including a description of a violent murder, plus a rather detailed description of what sounds like an act of urban terrorism, which is never really fully explained. That aside this is a truly vivid inside glimpse into the life of someone who is clearly more of an influence on the past few decades of culture than he perhaps would be comfortable with or even realises? Reading books like this make one realise just how little real impact the rest of us really have on life and history. The truth is, some of us are just not brave enough to truly challenge the way things are, well certainly not in the direct manner that Penny and those of a similar ilk have done and continue to do. The poetic genius should not be underestimated neither.
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