Born OTD in 1932, singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and author, Johnny Cash. Cash was known for his deep, calm bass-baritone voice, the distinctive sound of his Tennessee Three backing band characterized by train-like chugging guitar rhythms, a rebelliousness coupled with an increasingly somber and humble demeanor, free prison concerts, and a trademark, all-black stage wardrobe, which earned him the nickname “The Man in Black”.

The graphic biography of the most famous country singer of all time – the Man in Black. Renowned graphic novelist … More

Governments today in both Europe & the United States have succeeded in casting government spending as reckless wastefulness that has made the economy worse. In contrast, they have advanced a policy of draconian budget cuts―austerity―to solve the financial crisis. We are told that we have all lived beyond our means & now need to tighten our belts. This view conveniently forgets where all that debt came from. Not from an orgy of government spending, but as the direct result of bailing out, recapitalizing, & adding liquidity to the broken banking system. Through these actions private debt was rechristened as government debt while those responsible for generating it walked away scot free, placing the blame on the state, & the burden on the taxpayer.

In the worst case, austerity policies worsened the Great Depression and created the conditions for seizures of power by the … More

‘Well good evening, my name is Jeremy Hardy and I’m a comedian who likes to make wry witty satirical observations about the society we live in — but I prefer to keep them to myself, thank you very much.’Edited by his wife, Katie Barlow and his long-time producer David Tyler, this comprehensive celebration of Jeremy Hardy’s work is introduced by Jack Dee and Mark Steel. Further reflections on Jeremy come from Rory Bremner, Paul Bassett Davies, Jon Naismith, Francesca Martinez, Sandi Toksvig, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Andy Hamilton, Graeme Garden and Hugo Rifkind. Katie Barlow also provides a moving Afterword.

Jeremy Hardy, who died in February 2019, was perhaps the most distinctive and brilliant comedian to arise from the 80s … More

Unaffordable housing, poverty wages, healthcare, climate change, border policing; not the issues you ordinarily hear feminists talking about. But don’t these issues impact the vast majority of women globally? Taking as its inspiration the new wave of feminist militancy that has erupted globally, this Manifesto makes a simple but powerful case: Feminism shouldn’t start – or stop – with seeing women represented at the top of society. It must start with those at the bottom, and fight for the world they deserve.

And that means targeting capitalism. Feminism must be anti-capitalist, eco-socialist and anti-racist. This is a manifesto for the 99%. New … More

Born OTD in 1933, Eunice Kathleen Waymon, AKA Nina Simone. Simone was an American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist. Her music spanned a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B and gospel. ‘From her raging, handwritten letters to late-night phone calls with David Bowie, this biography gets up close and personal with the tempestuous Nina Simone’

Drawing on glimpses into previously unseen diaries, rare interviews and childhood journals, and with the aid of her daughter, What … More

First published OTD in 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto. Much of what Marx and Engels’ proposed – a state education system, a progressive income tax, the nationalisation of banks – would continue to be at the heart of political debate into the 21st century. It is no surprise, perhaps, that The Communist Manifesto (as it was later renamed) is the second best-selling book of all time, surpassed only by The Bible. The Guardian’s editorial cartoonist Martin Rowson employs his trademark draughtsmanship and wit to this lively graphic novel adaptation of Marx and Engels’ revolutionary pamphlet.

Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth, at a time of deep mistrust in The Establishment, The … More

Born OTD in 1953, guitarist, songwriter, arranger and producer, Kristy Wallace, AKA Poison Ivy. Based upon work and materials compiled for the acclaimed and now much sought after 2007 Cramps biography. A Short History of Rock’n’Roll Psychosis, ‘Journey To The Centre of The Cramps’ goes far beyond being a revised and updated edition: Completely overhauled, rewritten & vastly expanded, it now represents the definitive work on the group.

Features unseen first-hand interview material from Lux Interior and Poison Ivy. A wealth of new interview material with former band … More

Born OTD in 1943, writer & director of film & theatre, Mike Leigh. A keen observer of manners and mores, Mike Leigh has been hailed as a celebrator of “ordinary” people, yet it wasn’t until relatively recently that audiences have been able to appreciate the full body of his work. In discussing all his films from Bleak Moments & High Hopes through Naked, the Oscar-nominated Secrets and Lies & Topsy Turvy, to All or Nothing, Garry Watson considers this claim, examining the films’ influence & their effect.

At the same time, he takes on the very concepts of “the real” and “the ordinary” in regard to Leigh’s … More

Our next PM Book Club we’ll be discussing Chris Nineham’s new book, ‘The British State’. What happens if a radical government gets elected in Britain? How will the banks, the civil servants, the media and the military react? Is the idea of a British coup far-fetched? How can the left prepare? Chris Nineham addresses these questions by looking behind the myths at the reality of two hundred years of British state rule. He brings us a warning from history.

Book available in store and online. Next PM Book Club meet at the shop 6pm. Monday, 2nd March.

Born OTD in 1942, revolutionary African-American political activist who, along with Bobby Seale, co-founded the Black Panther Party, Huey P. Newton. Eloquently tracing the birth of a revolutionary, Huey P. Newton’s famous & oft-quoted autobiography is as much a manifesto as a portrait of the inner circle of America’s Black Panther Party. From Newton’s impoverished childhood to his adolescence & struggles with the system, from his role in the Black Panthers to his solitary confinement in the Alameda County Jail, Revolutionary Suicide is smart, unrepentant & thought-provoking in its portrayal of inspired radicalism.

In October 1967, one year after the founding of the Black Panther Party, Huey Newton was involved in a shooting … More