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Un-Peeled presents: Attila the Stockbroker

Saturday, 14 January 2017 - 8:00pm
 
Attila the Stockbroker: Arguments Yard
 
Launched into public consciousness by the legendary Radio One DJ John Peel in the early 1980s, performance poet, musician, journalist and political activist Attila the Stockbroker has spent 35 years touring the world.
 
 
He's performed over 3000 gigs in 24 countries, releasing 40 albums/CDs and seven books of poetry along the way, and in September 2015 his autobiography 'Arguments Yard' was published by Cherry Red Books. This show takes it to the stage.
 
A mixture of poems, songs and passages from the book. A life in words. Words to make you laugh, cry and seethe with anger, all in one evening.
 
This is a book, and a show, which is social history and personal story combined: a cultural activist's eyewitness journey through the great political battles and movements of recent times. Rock Against Racism/Anti Nazi League/Anti-Fascist Action, Miners' Strike, Wapping dispute, Red Wedge, Poll Tax, campaigns against two Gulf Wars: Attila has been there, done the benefit and worn the T-shirt.
As well as the obvious places - UK and mainland Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA - Attila toured East Germany four times before the Wall came down, was invited to play in North Korea and did the first ever illegal punk gig in Stalinist Albania. You’ll hear about it.
 
 
But the politics are just a part of the story. Fittingly for someone who describes himself as a 'social surrealist', Attila will make you roar with laughter. He once stood in for Donny Osmond at a gig. Having got an encore as the support act, he was thrown out of a London show by the bouncers on the orders of John Cale, one of his all time musical heroes. His support acts? They've included Manic Street Preachers, Julian Clary, New Model Army and Billy Bragg.
 
 
Attila has done every Glastonbury Festival since 1983 and organises 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 father's death, his reconciliation with his stepfather after 37 years and how he and his wife nursed his mother through a six-year battle with Alzheimer's.
 
As already said: laugh, cry and get very, very angry. 
 
 
Attila the Stockbroker comes to The Continental on Saturday 14th January 2017. Doors at 8pm. 
 
Tickets are £7 and are available online NOW from SEE Tickets, WeGotTickets & Skiddle 
 
Also in person from Continental bar (01772 499 425) & Action Records (01772 884 772)
 
 
 
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