Sep 162012

SAM DOLGOFF, retired house painter, editor and translator of Bakunin on Anarchy, The Cuban Revolution: A Critical Perspective, The Anarchist Collectives: Workers’ Self-management in the Spanish Revolution (1936-1939), was 83 years old when he completed this Memoir. He started out in life, more than half a century earlier, as a working hobo on the railroads and waterfronts, in lumber camps, canneries, and steel mills of the United States. Caught up early in ideas of radical social change, he moved from reformist socialism to anarchism, publishing his first piece, a criticism of Gandhi, in the anarchist journal Road to Freedom. As a member of the IWW he became a strong propagandist for libertarian labor movements—incidentally teaching himself to read six different languages—lecturing across America in union halls, civic centers and colleges. Under the pen name Sam Weiner, he published innumerable articles in labor and anarchist periodicals, many of which he helped to found and edit.

Fragments: a memoir, Sam Dolgoff, ISBN 978-0-946222-04-9. First published (one edition, now long o/p) 1986 by Refract Publications (formerly Cienfuegos Press Ltd), Cambridge. This Kindle eBook published 2012 by ChristieBooks. (€3,21; £2.58; $4.13UK ; US/Canada/India and RoW ; España ; France ; Germany ; Italy

Feb 202011

DAVE DOUGLASS was a miner for forty years. Here, the author reads extracts from the first volume of his trilogy Stardust and Coaldust, the story of the radicalisation of a young, working class ‘Geordie’ in the Britain of the 1950s and 1960s . . . Dave Douglass is available for birthdays, weddings, baptisms, funerals, bar mitzvahs, saint days, stadium tours, book festivals, miners’ welfares and May Day celebrations — but he definitely draws the line at masonics …

Geordies – Wa Mental – 1

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FILMS: COAL NOT DOLE! The Miners’ Videotapes (1984) ; STRIKE! When Britain Went To War — The 1984-85 Miners’ Strike ; Dave Douglass reads from his book, Ghost Dancers, at the Radical Independent Bookfair in Glasgow (May 2010)  ; Stardust and Coaldust ; LIVING WITH THE  ENEMY

BOOKS: Geordies — Wa Mental; The Wheel’s Still In Spin and Ghost Dancers are all available from Central Books