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NEW! You can now buy all my CDs, books and DVDs listed below online from a new independent Brighton-based company (ironically called Corporation Records)
You can also get all my songs, singly and as albums, from Itunes. The link here is to two of my albums with my band Barnstormer, 'Zero Tolerance' (2004) and 'The Siege of Shoreham' (1996). The other Barnstormer album 'Just One Life' is on there as well, but it doesn't come up on this link: type in 'Attila the Stockbroker's' and you'll get it. The link here is to my solo albums 'Live in Norway' (the latest and most up to date, 2007) 'Live in Belfast' (2003, more from my current solo set) 'Poems Ancient & Modern' (older poetry anthology 1981-1999) 'The Pen & The Sword' (older solo songs 1981-1999) and 'Sawdust & Empire' (a very old folky solo album, 1983!) A few are here for free download, 'cos for me that's the right thing to do - but this is my living, so feel free to buy stuff as well and support your local/global ranting poet/songwriter
Here are three more poems, 'Russians in the DHSS', 'Asylum Seeking Daleks' and 'Attila the Stockbroker cleans up the City' live at Cherry Red Records' 30th anniversary party in October 2008.
I have just published a pamphlet containing the two most personal poems I have ever written: one for my mum Muriel, who died aged 86 on June 9 2010 after a 6 year battle with Alzheimer's Alzheimer's, and one for my late stepfather John. It's called 'The Long Goodbye' and is only available from me at gigs or via PO Box 668, Portslade, East Sussex BN42 4BG. It costs £5 inc p&p and £2.50 from each sale will go to the Alzheimer's Society. 'My Poetic Licence', my fifth book of poetry, was published in May 2008. It contains my best work from the last ten years - 41 poems and song lyrics plus two autobiographical pieces - and is available from the online shop here, from my website attilathestockbroker.com and of course at all my gigs. It's being published alongside a 73 minute compilation CD 'Spirit of the Age' featuring selected highlights from my 28 years as Attila, and the two are selling for a tenner all in plus around postage. All details on my blog and at the online shop featured on this page.
Here's my biography!
Inspired by the spirit and the Do It Yourself ethos of punk rock, and above all by The Clash and their overtly radical, political stance, I started as a punk bass player in 1977 and took the name Attila the Stockbroker in 1980, blagging spots for my poems and songs in between bands at punk gigs. I quickly got a couple of John Peel radio sessions, a deal with London independent label Cherry Red Records and before very long was on the cover of Melody Maker. I haven't looked back since!
September 8th 2010 will see my 30th anniversary, and I am celebrating with a UK tour which I'm booking now: gig proposals are welcome, please send me a message via myspace or email email@example.com. In the past 30 years I have done about 2700 gigs across the world at literary and music festivals, rock venues, arts centres, pubs, universities, schools, folk clubs and punk squats in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the US, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Belgium and the Basque Country - and more improbably in Romania, Bulgaria and a hotel basement in Stalinist Albania. 24 countries in all. I've released over 20 LPs/CDs, about 10 singles/EPs and 6 books of poems over the years: the best of the early LP stuff is now on the Best Of CDs listed below
As well as all my solo gigs, where during my songs I accompany myself on mandola, I play violin, bass guitar and a variety of early music instruments and from time to time gig with my band, BARNSTORMER, a unique and energetic mix of punk and early music!
BARNSTORMER have 4 songs and live footage in a major German feature film, 'DoppelPack' which was released across the German cinema network on August 17 2000.
Here is part of our four song contribution to the film, 'March of the Levellers' and 'Old Teenagers'. You can read a 'synopsis' of it in my blog(!)
My latest live solo album, 'Live in Norway' was released in 2007. A Barnstormer DVD, recorded/filmed live in Ulm, Germany, came out in December 2006. My third album with Barnstormer, 'Zero Tolerance' was released in April 2004, following on from 'Just One Life' (2000) and 'The Siege of Shoreham' (1996) In addition to my solo DVD, 'Live at the Heartland Cafe' (2004) recorded in the US, and solo live album 'Live in Belfast' (2004) I currently have two solo Best Of CDs on release, 'Poems Ancient and Modern' (A Live Anthology 1980-1999) which is my definitive spoken word release to date, and 'The Pen & The Sword' (Selected Songs 1981-1995) which documents my best songs up until the formation of my band, now the main vehicle for my songwriting.
If you want to buy any of these, go to one of the two 'To Buy Attila's Stuff Click Here'
points further up on this page.
Like this T shirt?
You can get your own at www.philosophyfootball.com and, like me, make a stand against the money-obsessed, rich-get-richer-poor-get-poorer farce that modern UK football has become.
I am P.A. Announcer and Poet In Residence at my local football club, Brighton & Hove Albion. On 9 January 2005 my hastily put-together band 'Seagulls Ska' got to Number 17 in the UK Top 40 singles chart with 'Tom Hark (We Want Falmer)' a song about our club's continuing battle to secure a new stadium. You can hear the Hit and read all about the campaign at www.myspace.com/seagullsska Here is the banner I made for Brighton's last ever game at the Goldstone Ground.
I've published 6 books of poems: Cautionary Tales for Dead Commuters (Unwin, 1985) Scornflakes (Bloodaxe, 1992) The Rat Tailed Maggot (Roundhead, 1998) Goldstone Ghosts (football poems, 2001) My Poetic Licence (2008) and The Long Goodbye (2010)
I gig constantly all over the UK, mainland Europe, the US, Canada and anywhere else that will have me and am constantly on the lookout for interesting new places to visit!
So if you fancy organising a gig, in the UK or anywhere else, please get in touch