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Steve Ignorant

Steve Ignorant (born Steven Williams in 1957) is a singer and artist.

Steve Ignorant
Steve Ignorant with Crass, December 1981
Background information
Birth nameSteven Williams
Also known asSteve Ignorant, Stephen Intelligent, Professor Ignorant
Born1957 (age 63–64)
Stoke-on-Trent, England
GenresAnarcho-punk, punk rock
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1977–present
LabelsCrass Records, Small Wonder Records
Associated actsCrass
Conflict
Schwartzeneggar
Stratford Mercenaries
Current 93
Paranoid Visions
Slice of Life
Websitehttp://www.steveignorant.com

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Steve Ignorant was born in Stoke-on-Trent but grew up in Dagenham, East London. He later lived at Dial House, which since 1967 has been a self-sustaining anarchist-pacifist intentional community in Epping Forest, Essex; it was here where he met Penny Rimbaud, one of the founders of the Dial House project.

Ignorant and Rimbaud went on to co-founded the anarcho-punk band Crass in 1977. After Crass stopped performing in 1984, he has worked with other groups including Conflict, Schwartzeneggar, Stratford Mercenaries, and Current 93 as well as being an occasional solo performer.

A stained glass image of Mr Punch by Steve Ignorant displayed at Dial House, Essex

He is also a sculptor, and has worked as a traditional Punch and Judy performer using the name Professor Ignorant. In recent years he has developed an interest in the history of traditional London music hall performance. Ignorant is vegetarian.

On 24 and 25 November 2007 he performed Crass's entire The Feeding of the 5000 live at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, backed by guest musicians. Other members of Crass were not involved in these concerts. "I acknowledge and respect Steve's right to do this", Rimbaud said, "but I do regard it as a betrayal of the Crass ethos". Ignorant had a different view; "I don't have to justify what I do. (...) Plus, most of the lyrics are still relevant today. And remember that three-letter word, 'fun'?"

In 2010 Ignorant announced plans to do a tour called "The Last Supper", performing Crass songs from the period 1977–1982 with largely the same band that performed with him at Shepherd's Bush, including Gizz Butt, Bob Butler and Spike Smith. In August 2010 Ignorant and Rimbaud took to the stage together to be interviewed by John Robb on the literacy stage at the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool where they informed the large crowd that Rimbaud has now given him his blessing to perform Crass material live.

On 19 November 2011, Ignorant performed "The Last Supper" at the Shepherd's Bush Empire where he was joined on stage by Rimbaud and Eve Libertine. This was the last time Crass songs were performed live by him until his 2020 tour.

In 2010 Southern Records published The Rest Is Propaganda, Ignorant's autobiography co-written with Steve Pottinger.

Ignorant at Cafe ExZess, Frankfurt, 17 October 2010

He moved to the Norfolk coast in 2007 where he volunteers as a lifeboatman.

In 2019, Ignorant announced plans to tour England in 2020 with a full band performing an all-Crass set.

Slice of Life

While stranded in Sydney, Australia after a tour, Steve Ignorant, Carol Hodge and Pete Wilson came up with an idea for a new band, a more contemplative band backed by acoustic instruments. Thus Slice of Life was born. They performed for the first time at Wellingborough, UK on 25 October 2013. Lucas Martin joined the band on upright bass in 2015. Music publisher Wipeout Music says of the group, "Steve opens both heart and soul when reflecting on life and then reminds us just why we should never give up on this world or on each other with his poems and songs that make us think about the world around us and reminds us just why we should still care."

The band has recorded several albums.

  1. Love and a Lamp Post (2014)
  2. Live at the Forum 2015 (2016)
  3. Don't Turn Away (2019)

They also released an extended single, Just Another, in 2017.

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  2. Burrows, Alex (2 November 2010). "Steve Ignorant on Crass & The Angry Young Men of 1950's British Literature". The Quietus. Retrieved21 December 2016.
  3. BBC Radio 4 interview 2016 |url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6NkVxuaFP8 |date=27 May 2021
  4. Shibboleth – My Revolting Life (Penny Rimbaud, 1999, AK Press, page 69)
  5. Sleeve note to Bullshit Detector volume 1
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  7. [1] Archived 18 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  8. Berger, George The Story of Crass (Omnibus Press, 2006)
  9. Worley, Matthew (2016). "The End Result". The Aesthetic of Our Anger(PDF). Minor Compositions (Autonomedia). p. 295. Archived(PDF) from the original on 11 November 2016. Retrieved5 September 2018.
  10. "Transmissions from Southern | The Southern Records Weblog". Steveignorant.co.uk. Retrieved26 August 2014.
  11. "Crass frontman plans 'The Feeding of the 5000' live performance". Punknews.org. Retrieved26 August 2014.
  12. [2] Archived 24 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  13. [3] Archived 9 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  14. "The punk rocker turned lifeboatman". BBC News. Retrieved26 August 2014.
  15. Gentile, John. "Steve Ignorant to play full Crass set on 2020 tour". Punknews.org. Retrieved21 October 2019.
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Steve Ignorant Language Watch Edit Steve Ignorant born Steven Williams 1 in 1957 2 is a singer and artist Steve IgnorantSteve Ignorant with Crass December 1981Background informationBirth nameSteven WilliamsAlso known asSteve Ignorant Stephen Intelligent Professor IgnorantBorn1957 age 63 64 Stoke on Trent EnglandGenresAnarcho punk punk rockOccupation s SingerInstrumentsVocalsYears active1977 presentLabelsCrass Records Small Wonder RecordsAssociated actsCrass Conflict Schwartzeneggar Stratford Mercenaries Current 93 Paranoid Visions Slice of LifeWebsitehttp www steveignorant com Contents 1 Career 1 1 Slice of Life 2 See also 3 References 4 External linksCareer EditSteve Ignorant was born in Stoke on Trent but grew up in Dagenham East London He later lived at Dial House which since 1967 has been a self sustaining anarchist pacifist intentional community in Epping Forest Essex it was here where he met Penny Rimbaud one of the founders of the Dial House project 3 Ignorant and Rimbaud went on to co founded the anarcho punk band Crass in 1977 4 5 6 7 After Crass stopped performing in 1984 he has worked with other groups including Conflict Schwartzeneggar Stratford Mercenaries and Current 93 as well as being an occasional solo performer A stained glass image of Mr Punch by Steve Ignorant displayed at Dial House Essex He is also a sculptor and has worked as a traditional Punch and Judy performer using the name Professor Ignorant 8 In recent years he has developed an interest in the history of traditional London music hall performance Ignorant is vegetarian 9 On 24 and 25 November 2007 he performed Crass s entire The Feeding of the 5000 live at the Shepherd s Bush Empire backed by guest musicians 10 11 Other members of Crass were not involved in these concerts I acknowledge and respect Steve s right to do this Rimbaud said but I do regard it as a betrayal of the Crass ethos 12 Ignorant had a different view I don t have to justify what I do Plus most of the lyrics are still relevant today And remember that three letter word fun 12 In 2010 Ignorant announced plans to do a tour called The Last Supper performing Crass songs from the period 1977 1982 with largely the same band that performed with him at Shepherd s Bush including Gizz Butt Bob Butler and Spike Smith 13 In August 2010 Ignorant and Rimbaud took to the stage together to be interviewed by John Robb on the literacy stage at the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool where they informed the large crowd that Rimbaud has now given him his blessing to perform Crass material live On 19 November 2011 Ignorant performed The Last Supper at the Shepherd s Bush Empire where he was joined on stage by Rimbaud and Eve Libertine This was the last time Crass songs were performed live by him until his 2020 tour In 2010 Southern Records published The Rest Is Propaganda Ignorant s autobiography co written with Steve Pottinger 10 Ignorant at Cafe ExZess Frankfurt 17 October 2010 He moved to the Norfolk coast in 2007 where he volunteers as a lifeboatman 14 In 2019 Ignorant announced plans to tour England in 2020 with a full band performing an all Crass set 15 Slice of Life Edit While stranded in Sydney Australia after a tour Steve Ignorant Carol Hodge and Pete Wilson came up with an idea for a new band a more contemplative band backed by acoustic instruments Thus Slice of Life was born They performed for the first time at Wellingborough UK on 25 October 2013 Lucas Martin joined the band on upright bass in 2015 Music publisher Wipeout Music says of the group Steve opens both heart and soul when reflecting on life and then reminds us just why we should never give up on this world or on each other with his poems and songs that make us think about the world around us and reminds us just why we should still care 16 17 The band has recorded several albums Love and a Lamp Post 2014 Live at the Forum 2015 2016 Don t Turn Away 2019 They also released an extended single Just Another in 2017 See also EditAnimal rights and punk subcultureReferences Edit Berger George The Story of Crass Omnibus Press 2006 Burrows Alex 2 November 2010 Steve Ignorant on Crass amp The Angry Young Men of 1950 s British Literature The Quietus Retrieved 21 December 2016 BBC Radio 4 interview 2016 url https www youtube com watch v Q6NkVxuaFP8 date 27 May 2021 Shibboleth My Revolting Life Penny Rimbaud 1999 AK Press page 69 Sleeve note to Bullshit Detector volume 1 Berger George The Story of Crass Omnibus Press 2006 page 76 1 Archived 18 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine Berger George The Story of Crass Omnibus Press 2006 Worley Matthew 2016 The End Result The Aesthetic of Our Anger PDF Minor Compositions Autonomedia p 295 Archived PDF from the original on 11 November 2016 Retrieved 5 September 2018 a b Transmissions from Southern The Southern Records Weblog Steveignorant co uk Retrieved 26 August 2014 Crass frontman plans The Feeding of the 5000 live performance Punknews org Retrieved 26 August 2014 a b 2 Archived 24 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine 3 Archived 9 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine The punk rocker turned lifeboatman BBC News Retrieved 26 August 2014 Gentile John Steve Ignorant to play full Crass set on 2020 tour Punknews org Retrieved 21 October 2019 Steve Ignorant s Slice of Life Wipeout Music Retrieved 21 August 2019 Steve Ignorant s Slice Of Life Love And A Lamp post Steve Ignorant Official Website Retrieved 21 August 2019 External links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Steve Ignorant Stratford Mercenaries website Steve Ignorant s Slice of Life Facebook Page Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Steve Ignorant amp oldid 1043923861, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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