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COLD LIPS 05 x THE IDENTITY SPECTRUM: Power Poetry Politics and the movement of minds

An essay by Kirsty Allison The internet is an open letter.  And it is death. A letter from our own graves – It begs us to share, to connect, to swipe , to see. Amazing. We can go anywhere – we can be Anything.  The dream is Kubla Khan! But the demands of our digital existence reflect a fear of being deleted. The battery of … Continue reading COLD LIPS 05 x THE IDENTITY SPECTRUM: Power Poetry Politics and the movement of minds

Cold Lips 05 MALIK AMEER CRUMPLER

Cold Lips 05 was a short run print edition put together over a couple of nights by editor Kirsty Allison to bring together content from the past year. 50 copies were sold and (largely) given away at gigs in Berlin and Prague. Thanks to all contributors. These pages feature the wondrous Malik Ameer Crumpler, the Paris-based poet and musician, whose band, Madison Washington is released … Continue reading Cold Lips 05 MALIK AMEER CRUMPLER

COLD LIPS 05 TRINITY TRISTAN & SCOTT TEMPLE

These pages feature the collaboration of the wonderful, London-based but most international, artist and writer Trinity Tristan – a rare sequin on a beach of shells, with the immaculately energised poet/actor/director/writer who whirls with Hemingway’s promise, Scott Temple. Together they explore the delicate emergence of a summer friendship which passed from the deepest intimacies, in every sense a transition, through a work that began as … Continue reading COLD LIPS 05 TRINITY TRISTAN & SCOTT TEMPLE

Cold Lips 05 JUDY NYLON

Some scenes don’t start without the girls who make it interesting. Casually credited by Britain’s most innovative producer of the 70s, Brian Eno, for developing ambient music on 1975’s Discreet Music, after first appearing with him on Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) in 1974, Judy Nylon is the sort of girl to take off her gloves and hat, and ask better questions than anyone in … Continue reading Cold Lips 05 JUDY NYLON

Martyn Goodacre photobook

“Just by chance I met up with a friend who’d come down from the Midlands. He’d morphed from a public school boy Jam fan into a revolutionary liberator of empty council flats in hard-to-let areas where boarded up flats outnumbered the ones occupied. Suddenly I had become a squatter. It was all remarkably easy. Nobody wanted to live in a rough-as-hell estate just off the Old Kent Road where I would meet an assortment of vagabonds, lollopers, scruffy ‘erberts, vicious Sids and psychedelic dandies. It would become my home for twenty-two very full, very stimulating unpredictable years,” Martyn Goodacre, in an excerpt from his introduction to the second book from Cold Lips Press – links to podcast here.

Do you recognise his iconic photograph of Kurt Cobain? Continue reading Martyn Goodacre photobook

Mark Reeder podcast with Kirsty Allison

Recorded in Berlin February, around the launch of Martyn Goodacre’s book, Kirsty first met Mark Reeder in London, at the Tresor retrospective hosted by Red Gallery.

Subsequently she featured him in her pages in DJMag, not once or twice, but in the feature that spanned his beginnings as the Berlin rep for Factory Records in the late 70s, to putting on illegal gigs in East Berlin before the wall fell, to creating MFS Records in the 90s – and now with Chinese band, Stolen – OVER THREE EDITIONS. Unknown pleasures.

Here they met in a coffee shop on a Sunday afternoon. Continue reading Mark Reeder podcast with Kirsty Allison

Burning Flag Film for Gil by Kirsty Allison

Burning Flag begs for a borderless world, and stands as a warning against nationalism.

Rather than Gil filming his own video on his iPhone, and sourcing found footage, it was natural for Kirsty to film Gil’s vision of having projections for the single Burning Flag, performed on a Saturday at Brixton’s Beyond Time Pictures studio. It’s a live performance with Mikey Buckley on guitar, who also mixed this album, with Joes Watts on bass, and Kirsty on keys. Continue reading Burning Flag Film for Gil by Kirsty Allison