Crass Agenda - In The Beginning Was The Word [DVD]

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Expected release date is 15th Oct 2012

Recorded on the 18th November 2004 at the Progress Bar, Tufnell Park, London.  92 minutes.

Eve Libertine & Penny Rimbaud - Vocals.

Louise Elliott & Julian Siegel - Saxes.

Ricardo Dos Santos - Bass.

Gene Calderazzo - Drums.


This is a beautiful and quite artfully done documentation of a performance by Crass Agenda in 2004. As far as video technology goes, it is a fairly low resolution affair, though in our opinion this does not detract from the enjoyment of it.  Packaged in a standard plastic DVD case with a colour sleeve, no inserts. Hand-produced in very small numbers by Gallery Productions, this is one for the jazz and poetry fans and those who have enjoyed the live work of Penny Rimbaud, Eve Libertine and cohorts over the last decade.

from the DVD back:

In the beginning: the sheer vitality of the performance makes sound ring with significance as it recreates the original miracle, language itself, in a range of absolute untamed beauty.  

The word: a work born of love and anger, brilliant with the yearning poetics of raw passion, shot through with feral fury to show how the miracle of language has been traduced by power. The musicians give the poetry a quality of flame, shining jazz behind the voices.  The live performance with a set design of real eloquence, is here filmed with a depth and vibrancy which is itself a work of art.