The first of a two-part interview about the Angry Brigade, Britain’s first urban guerrilla group, with John Barker, author who in 1972 was convicted for being part of the organisation.

Listen to part 2 here

Check out John’s website and buy his books here: https://www.theharrier.net/

And check out John Barker’s radical London playlist, a collection of tracks which Brigaders were listening to at the time here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL71HxBMvC6byAUIVUB3Hm_h4HLy26FIKr

This is a detailed history of the Angry Brigade: https://libcom.org/library/angry-brigade-history-britains-first-urban-guerilla-group

And this is a comprehensive chronology of Angry Brigade activities and collection of all their documentation: https://libcom.org/history/angry-brigade-documents-chronology

FOOTNOTES
1. Society of the Spectacle – Guy Debord – you can read it online here: libcom.org/library/society-of-the-spectacle-debord
2. King Mob – here is a short introduction to the group: libcom.org/history/mob-who-sho…be-here-hari-kunzru

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Edited by Tyler Hill of the Gods & Ghosts podcast: tylerkenthill.podbean.com/
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2 thoughts on “Episode 2: The Angry Brigade, part 1

  1. Fascinating. I was in Grosvenor Square in 68 and Paris. I met one of the pople in this group at uni. It reminds me of the idealistic confusion of youth and our failure to bring about significant change. The people at the back shouting ‘forward’ made me smile. It led to a circulatary movement in any demo. When those from the back came up against the police truncheons, they circled back, with sore heads. I wore a crash helmit and was enveloped by the police lines and roughed up. For reasons I never fully understood, I was thrown back, ‘This one’s had enough.’ If I had been arrested, I could have been set on a downward spiral. The confusion of different motives and splinters on the left was clear from the interview. The working class credentials of the likes of prominent speakers like David Triesman and Tariq Ali, both of whom made interesting subsequent careers, are questionable. Student activists are rarely working class. La lutte continue! My novel, Revolution, written as aaron aalborg, was partly inspired by memories of these days.

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