The Mystery of the Blue Tomatoes (1975)
Does this book cover look familiar? Penny Rimbaud explains, "The 'Blue Tomato' cover was one of many designs that myself and Gee did for 'White Lion', a publishing house concentrating on books for children. The design was somewhat inspired by the American pop artist Jasper Johns whose work had a great influence on me when I was an art student in the early 60s. It was the first time that I had used a stencilled title within a circle around an image, a device that I later employed for the covers to Crass Records' 7" singles."
Crass often performed in dark venues with little stage lighting. This has resulted in very little live video footage being available (this cut-up video is about as good as it gets). There are some live pictures though, such as this set of photographs purchased from eBay. The other bands featured in the photographs are Poison Girls and Dirt.
Crass used stencils to produce posters, flyers and cover art in the late 1970s and 1980s. They also ran graffiti campaigns on the London underground. The "Some Day All The Adults Will Die" exhibition of punk art at the Hayward Gallery in London in October 2012 displayed an impressive collection of the original stencils used. See pictures from the exhibition below.
Crass Website @ Southern Records (2000 - 2008)
For much of the 2000s Southern Records hosted an excellent Crass website that was one of the few authoritative Crass-related sources on the Internet. However, in 2008, when Southern updated their main website the Crass site disappeared. Using archive.org and other sources it has been lovingly reconstructed. The original entry point of the site was http://www.southern.com/southern/label/CRC/. It is now available at http://theartofcrass.uk/static/crass/CRC/. A gallery of pictures from the website has also been created on Flickr.
Queen Elizabeth Hall (2002)
In November 2002 a number of former members of Crass, plus many other artists, came together for a anti-Iraq war performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank. The "Crass Collective" continued to be active after the event, becoming "Crass Agenda" in 2003 and then "Last Amendment" 2005. The project is now called "L'Académie des Vanités". Penny Rimbaud still runs events at the Vortex Jazz Club.
12 Crass Songs - Jeffery Lewis (2007)
Anti-folk musician Jeffry Lewis' album of 12 Crass songs was something of a surprise for Crass fans. Rather different to the original punk productions of Crass, Lewis's folk-esque arrangements presented Crass' compositions in a fresh way for new audiences. Read a review of the album on punknews.org.
THE FEEDING OF THE 5000 - STEVE IGNORANT (2007)
In November 2007 at Shepherd's Bush Empire ex-Crass vocalist Steve Ignorant presented 'The Feeding of the 5000', a full live performance of the Crass album The Feeding of the 5000.
In All Our Decadence People Die (2011)
"In All Our Decadence People Die" was an exhibition of fanzines and ephemera collected at Dial House in Essex, home to Crass. The exhibition was hosted by the Boo-Hooray Gallery in New York in 2011. A comprehensive catalogue was produced and is available from the gallery.
THE LAST SUPPER - STEVE IGNORANT (2011)
Steve Ignorant completed his live re-visiting of Crass' music with a final show at Shepherds Bush Empire in 2011. The show saw him joined on stage towards the end of the performance by fellow ex-Crass members Penny Rimbaud and Eve Libertine. It made for an emotional climax to the evening.
Yes Sir, I Will - Penny Rimbaud and Eve Libertine (2014)
In commemoration of the thousands on both sides who died brutal, pointless deaths in WW1, Penny Rimbaud & Eve Libertine presented a reworking of the Crass classic 'Yes, Sir, I Will' at the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool in 2014. They were joined by Gee Vaucher who showed her classic film of the same name.
Video on YouTube (9min)
Video on YouTube (8min)