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Buzzwords » 3:AM Asia: Akatombo (published 23/06/2009)

And now for a few words from Richard Cabut: The phrase ‘writing about music is like dancing about architecture’, variously attributed to Elvis Costello, Clara Schumann and BS Johnson, stands as a warning to people who might want to write things about records like this is the shit. But, fuck it; the brand new release [...]

Buzzwords » 3:AM Reloaded (published 14/06/2009)

What you (may have) missed on 3:AM recently: Fiction: ‘Jet Set Desolate’ [excerpt] by Andrea Lambert & ‘Log’ by Paul Ewen Poetry: ‘Four Poems’ by Donald Gardner Reviewed: Max Dunbar on Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown, Richard Cabut on Bob Short’s Filfth , Sophie Erskine on 8 Rooms: The Short [...]

Criticism » Self-Prescribed Psychosis (published 12/06/2009)

bookcoverfrontEschewing tepid tales about his favourite bands, Bob accurately describes how life was really lived — and death really died — in extreme conditions of debauch and poverty underpinned by a sense of overwhelming stare-at-the-wall-drooling boredom, punctuated only by outbursts of violence and furore, usually fuelled by whatever substances came to hand — including poisonous mushrooms on one disastrous, yet amusingly depicted, occasion. It’s an underworld of alienation, loneliness, hopelessness and anger. Well, it was either that or get a job.

Richard Cabut reviews Bob Short‘s Filth.

Buzzwords » South of Watford (published 28/10/2008)

As YouTube goodness goes… Michael Moorcock interviews 3:AM‘s Richard Cabut (and Jon Savage) for an early 80s ITV music programme.

Poetry » A View From Santorini (published 07/07/2008)

7121262_895a08c4f3_o.jpgI hurl myself off 100 ft cliffs
To a place where it’s hard to tell good luck from
Bad

And where we don’t always recognise the
Doors
That close even as we miss those that open

Offering a chance to lose substance, to become
Transparent
To defy gravity

By Richard Cabut.

Buzzwords » Pucker up (published 05/05/2008)

The discovery of Stop Smiling‘s author interviews archive is a good excuse for 3:AM to mention Dan Fante. Speaking to him at end of last year, Dan talked about his father John Fante, author of Ask the Dust: “Most people in Hollywood know the name John Fante. Of course they haven’t read his stuff, they’ve [...]

» The Edgier Waters (published 09/08/2007)

5 YEARS OF 3:AM MAGAZINE Edited by A. Stevens Snowbooks, London (2006) “3:AM… for a dip into the edgier waters of literature.” The Guardian Foreword MICHAEL BRACEWELL Preface A. STEVENS Enough Ribena to Incarnadine the Multitudinous Seas ANDREW GALLIX Eros Essay TIM PARKS The New Bohemians UTAHNA FAITH The Defiant Prose of Stewart Home RICHARD [...]

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 [...]

Buzzwords » The Summer of Hate 6: Michelle Brigandage (published 03/07/2007)

Michelle became a cult figure when she was pictured at the head of the queue on the first day of the legendary 100 Club punk festival in 1976 (in the picture she is wearing a leopardskin jacket and is flanked by Siouxsie and Steve Severin). She went on to front Brigandage in the early 80s [...]

Nonfiction » The George Berger Column: In Defence of Jeffrey Archer (published 11/05/2007)

136838559_c1ae270d79_m.jpgIt’s a bit like admitting you loved ELO back in the 70s. In certain circles (these ones, for instance, but not only) it treads beyond unhip into some kind of unacceptable. But to slag off Jeffrey Archer as an author is to enter into a game you can’t win. If he’s that bad, how come you’ve read him? And if you haven’t, how come you know he’s that bad? His real crime writing-wise is simply to not be trendy.

George Berger is back. And not a minute too soon!