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Buzzwords » The Summer of Hate 8: Richard Cabut (published 08/07/2007)

Under his nom-de-punk Richard North, Richard Cabut produced a celebrated fanzine called Kick. He went on to define the “positive punk” sub-genre in 1983 (when he worked at NME) and played with Brigandage. He is now a writer and journalist: In the summer of 1977, I am seventeen — perfect. I don’t work. Although I […]

» 3:AM for sale (published 15/03/2017)

Ethics at 3:AM by Richard Marshall   Punk is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night by Andrew Gallix and Richard Cabut, editors   The Guide to Being Bear Aware by Steven J. Fowler   Attrib. and other stories by Eley Williams   Dysfunctional Males by Fernando Sdrigotti   Square Wave by Mark de Silva   Vertigo […]

Buzzwords » The Missing Links (published 06/12/2015)

Brian Dillon and Esther Leslie on Walter Benjamin (podcast). * Walter Benjamin, our contemporary. * Claire-Louise Bennett in conversation with Brian Dillon. * My review of Claire-Louise Bennett‘s wonderful Pond for the Guardian. * Claire-Louise Bennett interviewed in The Skinny. * Lydia Davis reads from a work-in-progress, a fake autobiography (video). * Lydia Davis on […]

Buzzwords » The Missing Links (published 26/01/2015)

Cinema without people (via Gorse). * An interview with 3:AM legend Richard Cabut. * Brian Dillon on Gerhard Richter. * Brian Dillon on the topless cellist. * Sam Cooper on the novel after its abandonment. * Enrique Vila-Matas in The White Review‘s translation issue. * Translating the untranslatable. * Untranslatability studies. * Towards an alternative […]

Interviews » A Strange Elevation (published 26/07/2014)

The Models were staged; they were trying to be punk rock. But the Heartbreakers were so real. I met Thunders through a girl called Karine, who I’d met in Paris in 1977, and who used to score drugs for Thunders occasionally. He was an affable and accommodating guy, kind of like the guys you used to meet on the street who wanted to sell you drugs. I’d met Karine at the same party where I met Yves St Laurent, Bianca Jigger and Warhol — who really did only say ‘gee’. I’d gone with a guy called Bernard, who ran the Gibus Club, and a writer friend called Alain Pacadis — I stayed at his flat and was impressed with the fact that he had a little picture that Iggy had drawn for him. I’d met Pacadis in a café near the Gare du Nord in 1977, on the way back from a job I had in Switzerland. They were wearing leather trousers and were the closest thing you had to punks in Paris at the time. I got into a conversation with them, and we were off on a party that lasted for two weeks.

Richard Cabut interviews Gary Asquith of Rema-Rema fame.

Reviews » Raw Power (published 07/11/2013)

What’s most interesting about Science Fiction, some would say, is its dystopian bent. The genre twitches if not bulges with works containing a pulse-pounding progressive inclination complete with overarching themes that speak of anxieties about and enthusiasms for the unraveling of society. Eschewing pseudo rationality and techno fetishism such works deal not so much with prediction, but instead hold a mirror up to the present. Radical ideas are applied to fantastic narratives by writers like Orwell, Dick, and Dave Wallis (Only Lovers Left Alive). But the grooviest, hottest and horniest of these is surely Robert Anton Wilson, high and fly and way too wet to dry.

So, why is the late RAW largely forgotten and overlooked these days? This is the teasing question raised by John Higgs, the main speaker at a recent event at London’s Horse Hospital to celebrate Wilson’s life and achievements.

By Richard Cabut.

Buzzwords » Free Market Brigandage (published 01/10/2013)

3:AM‘s ever-stylish Richard Cabut at The Clash pop-up store and exhibition in London.

Buzzwords » The Missing Links (published 09/05/2012)

The wonderful Deborah Levy interviewed on France 24 (video). *A review of The Space Between curated by Michael Bracewell. * Robert Walser‘s Thirty Poems to be published by New Directions later this month. * Quentin Meillassoux‘s The Number and the Siren (on Mallarmé) reviewed. * László Krasznahorkai interviewed: “You will never go wrong anticipating doom […]

Essays » Boiling a Kettle Coldly (published 25/10/2011)

13We were certainly not poets of the dispossessed. We strutted our Billy-the-Kid sense of cool — bombsite kids clambering out of the ruins — posing our way out of the surrounding dreariness. We were living in our own colourful movie (an earlyish Warhol flick we liked to think), which we were sure was incomparably richer, more spontaneous and far more magical than the depressing, collective black-and-white motion-less picture that the 9-5 conformists, or those that stumbled around with their booze-fuelled regrets, had to settle for.

Richard Cabut reminisces about Brigandage.

Essays » Music I Listened to in My Head While Walking Around the Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibition (published 01/02/2011)

richardcabut…and Pretty Funny Thing by Brigandage and Living In The Ghetto by Purple Image and Ain’t It Strange by Patti Smith and Smokebelch 1 by The Sabres Of Paradise and Let We Go (Villalobos Remix) by Rhythm & Sound and Skin I’m In by Chairmen Of The Board and Life Is Just a Moment by Roy Ayers and Spliff Dub (Sukh Knight Remix) by Zomby Fucked-Up…and Pendulum by DJ Krush and The Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us by Golden Flamingo Orchestra and Ghost Town by Kode9 & The Spaceape and Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry and Clap your hands and stomp your feet by Bonni St. Claire and Morning has broken by Cat Stevens and sun worshippers by Diana Brown & Barrie K Sharpe and From The Heart by Generation X and Slang Teacher by Wide Boy Awake…

By Richard Cabut