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January 2012   

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January News at PM Press
This month we offer David Gilbert's long-awaited political memoir of the  Sixties, the latest installment of Outspoken Authors featuring gnarly science fictionist Rudy Rucker, and a freshly translated text from Italy's foremost urban theorist and architect, Franco Le Cecla.

 

We have a full catalog available and our webstore has been updated with book previews, e-Books, and even books signed by your favorite authors.   


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Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond
David Gilbert with a foreword by Boots Riley
PB | ISBN:
9781604863192 | $22.00 

 

A nice Jewish boy from suburban Boston----hell, an Eagle Scout!----David Gilbert arrived at Columbia University just in time for the explosive Sixties. From the early anti-Vietnam War protests to the founding of SDS, Gilbert was on the scene: as organizer, theoretician, and above all, activist. He was among the first militants who went underground to build the clandestine resistance to war and racism known as "Weatherman." And he was among the last to emerge, in captivity, after the disaster of the 1981 Brink's robbery, an attempted expropriation that resulted in four deaths and long prison terms. In this extraordinary memoir, written from the maximum-security prison where he has lived for almost thirty years, David Gilbert tells the intensely personal story of his own Long March from liberal to radical to revolutionary.  

 

"David's is a unique and necessary voice forged in the growing American gulag, the underbelly of the 'land of the free,' offering a focused and unassailable critique as well as a vision of a world that could be but is not yet----a place of peace and love, joy and justice."

  ----Bill Ayers, author of Fugitive Days: A Memoir  

      

 
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Against Architecture        

Franco La Cecla
PB | IS
BN: 9781604864069 | $14.95

First published in 2008, (as Contro l'architettura), Against Architecture is a passionate and erudite charge against the celebrities of the current architectural world, the "archistars." According to Franco La Cecla, architecture has lost its way and its true function, as the archistars use the cityscape to build their brand, putting their stamp on the built environment with no regard for the public good. La Cecla issues a call to rethink urban space, to take our cities back from what he calls "Casino Capitalism." As he comments throughout on the works of past and present masters of urban and landscape writing, including Robert Byron, Mike Davis, and Rebecca Solnit, Franco La Cecla has given us a book that will take an important place in our public discourse.

  

"La Cecla's book is a delight, in the way that he dismantles the glory of the 'archistar' in their proud myopic grandeur that totally ignores people and their rights to a better urban life."    

----Sebastian Courtois, La Reforme

  

 
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Surfing the Gnarl             

Rudy Rucker
PB | IS
BN: 9781604863093 | $12.00

The original "Mad Professor" of Cyberpunk, Rudy Rucker transformed modern science fiction, tethering the "gnarly" speculations of quantum physics to the noir sensibilities of a skeptical and disenchanted generation. In his outrageous new Surfing the Gnarl, Dr. Rucker infiltrates fundamentalist Virginia to witness the apocalyptic clash between Bible-thumpers and Saucer Demons at a country club barbecue; undresses in orbit to explore the future of foreplay in freefall ("Rapture in Space"); and (best of all!) dons the robe of a Transreal Lifestyle Adviser with How-to Tips on how you can manipulate the Fourth Dimension to master everyday tasks like finding an apartment, dispatching a tiresome lover, organizing closets and iPods, and remaking Reality.

 

"Rucker's writing is great like the Ramones are great: a genre stripped to its essence, attitude up the wazoo, and cartoon sentiments that reek of identifiable lives and issues."

----New York Review of Science Fiction

 

 
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PM Combo Packs! 
For frugal PM shoppers, we've teamed up some of our bestselling items in discounted "Combo Packs" of like-minded books, CDs, and DVDs. You can choose from a wide range of groovy Combos that save up to 50% on the list price, including the Autonomous Art Combo, the Outspoken Authors Combo, the Big Noise Dispatches DVD Combo and more.


See the Combo Packs HERE.


 
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e-Books Now Available!
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PM Press Catalog 
We have a full PM Press catalog! So take a look, and start working on your wish lists now. Full color, 104 pages, available for free PDF download online HERE or request a free print copy HERE for yourself or multiple copies to distribute at your workplace, bookstore, school, or gigs.

To view upcoming releases including Spring 2012 (and beyond) please visit the  "Upcoming" section of our webstore HERE.


 
Recent News/Reviews
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Rebel Voices in the Industrial Worker
Review by Staughton Lynd
Whatever you thought you knew about the IWW...you will know more after encountering Rebel Voices. This is the most important book on the subject because in it countless rank-and-file Wobblies speak for themselves through the pamphlets, excerpts from IWW newspapers, cartoons, song sheets, and other written sources brought together at the Labadie collection in Ann Arbor. This is history from below, created by the working men and women who made that history.   

Read the full review HERE.  


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Global Slump in Z Magazine
Review by Seth Sandronsky 
David McNally writes on behalf of those who are the least at fault for the economic crash and are in the crosshairs of a "decade of pain," thanks to government policies, e.g., budget austerity, that will reduce their living and working standards unless, of course, they can organize and mobilize for alternate policies. Such actions, he writes, involves "understanding the mechanisms capitalism uses to get out of crisis...an intellectual task of the greatest urgency." McNally has, concisely, delivered a radical description of a crippled and crippling social system. His prescription for a way of living that puts people first is clear-eyed and empowering for readers.    

Read the full review HERE.  


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Love and Struggle on Counterpunch 
Review by Ron Jacobs 
In the well-considered catalog of books dealing honestly with the period of history known as the Sixties in the U.S., Love and Struggle is an important addition. Borrowing his technique from memoir, confession, and objective history-telling, David Gilbert has provided the reader of history with the tale of a person and a time. Simultaneously, he has given the reader inclined to political activism a useful, interesting, and well-told example of one human's revolutionary commitment to social change no matter what the cost.  

Read the full review HERE.  


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On the Ground on The Rag Blog  

Review by Jonah Raskin

Sean Stewart's On the Ground is the last of three feisty books published in the past year about the Sixties underground press. The strengths of Stewart's book are spelled out in the subtitle: it's illustrated and it's anecdotal. Amply illustrated with art, cartoons, drawings, and covers from the colorful, eye-catching papers of the Sixties, it comes closer than the previous two books to the spirit of the in-your-face underground papers.          

Read the rest of the review
HERE.  

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Gun Thugs, Rednecks, and Radicals on Earth First! Newswire
Review by Sasha 
What is captured in this primary-source approach is the familial nature of the struggle, as the place-based communities of Appalachia rise up against the extraction-oriented capitalists. ... As we continue the struggle in solidarity, it's important for the environmental movement to remain conscious of the victories and ideas of the UMWA. Gun Thugs, Rednecks, and Radicals shows that union support in defense of the mountains is crucial to winning the struggle against MTR, but it also shows the kind of unglamorous resolve that it takes to mount and win a successful movement.         

 

Read the full review HERE.

 

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The Meaning of Freedom CD on Political Media Review
Review by John Duerk 
Angela Davis has written and lectured extensively on a variety of historical, social, political, and economic issues. The Meaning of Freedom CD is a great introduction for anyone who would like to learn more about her thoughts on race as it relates to our proclivity for incarcerating people by the millions here in the United States.    

Read the full review HERE.  


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Black Flags and Windmills in The Indypendent
Review by Renee Feltz 
Ultimately, Black Flags and Windmills is about envisioning a better world and trusting ourselves to believe that our dreams actually contain the paths to make it happen, not as voters, not as consumers, but as participants in a spontaneous, horizontal democracy that looks different everywhere but meets the needs of the people where they are.  

Read the full review HERE
Black Flags and Windmills was also named a "Favorite Book of 2011" by The Progressive magazine. 


 PM Recommends
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Remembering Dara Greenwald 
From Justseeds: On January 9, the Justseeds family lost our dear friend Dara Greenwald who passed away from cancer at age forty. We cherish the memories of an incredible person and an incredible life. Many will remember Dara for her art and activism----her video work, her scholarship, the Pink Bloque, the United Victorian Workers, Spectres of Liberty, the Interference Archive, and the Signs of Change exhibition. We will remember her as a friend----someone whose sense of humor and wit was second-to-none, and someone whose words and actions will inspire us for the rest of our lives.  

 

See Dara's work at her website HERE.   


Upcoming Events
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On the Ground Book Release Party at Bluestockings (NYC) January 21
Join editor Sean Stewart for a book presentation and exhibit of underground newspapers from his collection featured in On the Ground: An Illustrated Anecdotal History of the Sixties Underground Press in the U.S.        

See event details HERE.

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Politics of Fiction Panel at William Grant Still Art Center (Los Angeles, CA) January 21
Join several contributors to the recent incendiary anthology Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail! Stories of Crime, Love and Rebellion in a rollicking discussion about their stories and the politics of fiction. Participants include Larry Fondation, John A Imani, Penny Mickelbury, Luis Rodriguez, and Gary Phillips.

See event details HERE

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Black and Gold Film Screening at Wooden Shoe (Philly, PA)  January 21
Come down to Wooden Shoe Books and enjoy their free community movie nights. On Saturday, Jan. 21,  they will be showing Black and Gold: The Story of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation.        

See event details HERE.

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Surfing the Gnarl Book Release Party at Green Arcade (San Francisco, CA) February 7
Join Outspoken Authors series editor Terry Bisson and author Rudy Rucker to celebrate the latest release in the series, Rucker's Surfing the Gnarl.      

See event details HERE.

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Love and Struggle Book Release Party at Modern Times (San Francisco, CA) February 9
Join the Bay Area Friends of David Gilbert for a presentation, discussion, and book release party for David's memoir, Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond.

See event details HERE.

For more events click here.

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