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Jan. 3rd, 2010

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interview snippet - Rivka Fried / what MH got wrong

What were some of the things Making History got wrong or overlooked?

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interview snippet - Emma Marx-Hall on the BNP

Emma, you've stated before that your worst fear is nationalists—like the BNP—gaining control of Parliament. How do you think UK citizens should combat this?

EMH: Well, I think the most important thing is to spread knowledge, because I don't think anyone, not even fascists, should be under censorship—that Parliament should promote censoring anyone. Political correctness can end up being just a way to cover up the existence of harmful attitudes and prejudice. People won't know it exists, even if it's thriving under the surface.

In addition to just publishing, making everyone aware of what's in the materials that the BNP are spreading, because I think everyone really knows what the BNP are after, ultimately, and the problem is that there's enough racism and feelings of "British supremacy" amongst the British—well, I'll admit it, Alan and I actually had a conversation about this a while back.

So what we were talking about is, what would we do if we wanted to launch a massive media campaign against the BNP, or against anti-immigration feelings in general. And at first Alan came up with a slogan, something like "Immigration doesn't cause social unrest, British attitudes toward immigration does" or "racism does", which we liked because it really summed up our feelings succinctly. And I should mention, even though I'm descended from immigrants on the Marx side, and I'm ethnically Welsh also so there's a sense of coming from a separate culture, Alan is the most English person I've ever met, he doesn't have a drop of immigrant blood in his body.

Anyway we discussed it further and realized that, while that slogan is a good sort of statement of belief, it doesn't actually convince anyone of anything. And we tried to figure out what kind of empirical data we could use to argue our point, but it's very hard to quantify, the only thing we could really say was that you might be able to show that ghettoization leads to violence by pointing to violence in the ghettos. But then Alan said all that shows is that people in ghettos are violent, and I said that's the whole problem, even if you can prove that immigration isn't the cause of problems you're still saying that removing immigrants would solve problems.

So basically what we said we needed to come up with, or to show, is ways in which immigration has actually bettered British culture, or our state of well-being. The idea is, we'd have a billboard or poster advert with a photo of something that was really well known and useful, and invented by an immigrant, and put "PRODUCT OF AN IMMIGRANT" underneath. This could even go for famous people whose parents were immigrants. So that way, we aren't talking about negative things at all, we're just trying to change people's view of immigration, and their mental associations with it.

Then at the very bottom in smaller print, Alan came up with something like "voting for the BNP is just shifting the blame. Use your vote for solutions," but we agreed that you could either take or leave that, because it still sort of sounded like we were saying immigration was a 'problem', or that people should just take up arms and kick out the immigrants themselves, which is definitely not what we wanted people to take away!

So yeah, I do think it's that sort of media campaign that might actually have an effect. No matter what politicians do or say, the mass media have the most influence on how people see their world—it helps them build the filter through which they think about the events in their lives. One of the big advantages to being in Knave of Hearts was that we did have a lot more access to the mass media than the average person, and the more research I do in my studies at Goldsmiths, the more I realize that we could have made much better use of it than we did, in the end.

Dec. 14th, 2009


Alan/ Tristain list

Hi, I'm Davina T. I'm a journalist from Edinburgh, Scotland. I was interviewed for Making History because of my involvement with the fandom and especially my fanzine, ANTI EVERYTHING, which I wrote with Evelyn Porter. I also have a large repository of Knave...stuff, some of which I'll be posting here.

To start off with, here's the list of common characteristics between Alan Leonard and Tristain Wilder, from DG #2:

Similarities between Tristain Wilder and Alan Léonin
* Long black hair, pale skin, tall
* "Androgynous" image
* Did/are doing degrees in the humanities – philosophy (Tristain) and sociology (Alan)
* Suffer from depression
* Had bands with very intelligent, and sometimes political, lyrics
* Both of their middle names are William
* Tristain was in a band (Quoth the Raven Nevermore) with Emily Alexander, Alan's band (Knave of Hearts, but if you don't know that by now what are you doing here?) is managed by her
* Both of them like old-fashioned clothes and shoes
* Made suicide attempts
* Love Nietzsche and Sartre
* Atheists
* Wear black eyeliner and glitter makeup
* Better lyricists than musicians
* Bisexual but both have spoken about not being very interested in sex
* Like to drink absinthe

Back in the old days - we hadn't really perfected our writing styles at that time, let me tell you.

Anyhow I think not too much should be read into this list. It makes sense that as a manager Emily Alexander was interested in a band with similar ideas and goals to her own band. There are also a many other musicians who would probably fit a lot of these characteristics. People connect them mainly because of Emily and because of Natalie, which is fair I suppose, but I think it's important not to forget that Knave and Nevermore are two very different bands and Alan and Tristain two very different people.

It is really weird that both their middle names are William though. Never quite got over the oddness of that.

Dec. 12th, 2009

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My impression is that it's actually not known if it's his, but here's a piece potentially by Alan's namesake:

Nov. 28th, 2009

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Making History: the story of Knave of Hearts

Every band wants to change the world.

They appeared as if from nowhere, fame was thrust upon them, they disappeared as suddenly as they had appeared, and questions still remain about the strange events surrounding 'the first glam rock band of the 21st century'. At last: the story of Knave of Hearts, told by those who knew them best.

Read it here: Making History

Nov. 9th, 2009

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Knave of Polyvore!

I have recently become addicted to Polyvore.com, and I put together sets for Knave. (Hurray, procrastination.)

Emma, Lane, and TomCollapse )