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Green Day Puts on Benefit Concert for AK Press

Anarchist publisher AK Press has been fighting to get back on its feet since a crushing fire last month that’s pushed the independent, radical press to ask for help. Now, they’ve got American punk rock band Green Day on their side.

Photo courtesy of rock985.com

Photo courtesy of rock985.com

In a historic turn of events, Green Day returned to 924 Gilman Street, an all-ages, collectively organized music club in Berkeley, CA, where Green Day got their start in the early nineties. They’ve been formally banned since 1994 (albeit, they stole the stage for an impromptu show in 2001), but 924 Gilman welcomed the trio back on May 17 for a benefit concert for AK Press, 1984 Printing, and individuals displaced by the March fire. And it’s getting a lot of attention from Rolling Stone, SPIN, NME, San Francisco Magazine, and Contra Costa Times.

The A.V. Club story on the show said that the benefit for AK Press showed, “that even though Green Day may have ostracized from the scene that bred it, it still cares about the people in that scene. It’s true what they say: Every time a holier-than-thou punk kid sings along to ‘Basket Case,’ a rock band gets its cred back.”index

With Green Day, a lot of community support, and a fire in their bellies, AK Press is on its way back to fully functioning. According to the East Bay Express coverage of the event, “[During the show] AK Press handed out its latest book catalog. The introduction reads, ‘With support like this, it will make more than a fire to stop us.'”

To support AK Press, go to their crowdfunding page.

For the complete setlist from the Gilman show, see the KQED article.


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AK Press Pairs with Commune Editions to Distribute Political Poetry

Poetry isn’t the most popular genre out there. In fact, it’s not even close. So, what if a team of poets shoved themselves even further into the niche with political poetry? What about poetic activism, anarchism, socialism?

Welcome Commune Editions.


In an article published April 24, Publisher’s Weekly profiled the three poets Jasper Bernes, Joshua Clover, and Juliana Spahr who “have bootstrapped Commune Editions, a publishing collective, with an assist from anarchist publishing and distribution house AK Press.” This team of poets has been collaborating for years. In their final collective post for online poetry Journal Jacket2, they defended their highly collaborative efforts with this: “We have gone to jail for each other and bailed each other out and done each other’s jobs and collaborated on many writings before and argued a lot with each [other] too.”

With this gritty, loyal foundation, Commune is set to launch three books this year, all self-published, with books by Cheena Marie Lo and David Lau slated for next year. Commune holds no pretense about their self-publishing. In Bernes’s words, “What we’re doing isn’t that different, though it is different in that we’re being honest about it.”

AK Press Fire. Courtesy of AK Press.

AK Press Fire. Courtesy of AK Press.

AK Press, whose mission is to “revolutionize by the book” will be the perfect support grounds for Commune’s publishing and distribution needs. After a fire two weeks ago, AK Press is currently crowdfunding to rebuild their distribution center in Oakland, CA. Please consider donating to get this boundary-pushing press back on its feet.


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AK Press’s “Octavia’s Brood” Is Our Sleeper of the Week!

Octavias Brood, Walidah Imarisha

  • “Can science fiction be a form of social activism?” an article posted by Boing Boing on April 2 asked of Octavia’s Brood, “Walidah Imarisha [has] recruited everyone from LeVar Burton to Mumia Abu-Jamal to help her prove it.”
  • Imarisha wrote an op-ed for the Spring 2015 issue of Bitch Magazine titled “Braver New World,” which was picked up by Truthout on March 7.
  • The editors appeared on GRIT-TV/The Laura Flanders Show on April 20 to talk about the revolutionary potential of science fiction. The interview was aired on TeleSUR and will be broadcast on LinkTV tomorrow.
  • On March 25, Largehearted Boy reported that WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn chose Octavia’s Brood as one of its books of the week.
  • The anthology has been nominated for a 2015 James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award, given to “science fiction and fantasy that explores and expands gender.”

Click here to read more about Octavia’s Brood!

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