ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER – The Booth Hall Sunday 21/2/16
Punk Poet and Performance Artiste Extraordinaire
Having seen him in my old home town of Brighton where he lives, I was very keen on seeing him again. Attila read extracts from his autobiography ‘Arguments Yard’ chronicling his early years, and painful details of the death of his father when he was only ten years old.
He also talked about seeing the early punk bands- notably The Clash and at The Finsbury Park Rainbow Theatre, which he said changed his life. He shared stories about the punk scene in Brighton and described how most bands couldn’t play but it was the enthusiasm and energy that impressed him about them.
In one tale, he described his involvement with the political campaigns of the seventies and eighties, including Rock Against Racism and the Miners’ Strike to name some. He even went into lurid detail about his ‘flexible cystoscopy’ humourosly named the ‘trans urethe express’ and how he got the through the ordeal and praised the NHS, which is now under attack from the present government.
Additionally, he read some of his poems in the familiar ‘angry young man’ style, as well as, playing some songs on the mandola.
He also had a scatological anecdote about a ‘shit gig’ which really was. Another amusing anecdote was when he was asked to replace Donny Osmond at a gig. Apparently half the audience walked out and the other half loved it.
The audience were very appreciative of the set, and Attila himself seemed very pleased with the evening . At the end, he chatted with people at the bar, signed autographs and made himself generally available.
To sum up a great night, lots of interesting material, and thanks to Rich Lovell and Michelle Cuadra of The Underground Revolution for promoting the gig and bringing something alternative to town.
Review by John Hales who established Pork Belly Promotions, Hereford Blues Club and many wonderful live music events in the city of Hereford.
Photography done by Rich Lovell.