Back on the 15th of October a ‘Pussy Riot in Parliament‘ event was held in the Houses of Parliament, organised by MP Kerry McCarthy.

The proceedings focused on readings of the three defendants’ closing statements & was followed by a panel discussion on the Pussy Riot case and, more broadly, the role of the arts in political protest.

The panel discussion was chaired by Louder Than War boss John Robb & featured Joan Smith (novelist, journalist, and human rights campaigner); Dorian Lynskey, (author of 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs); and Chris Bryant, (MP for Rhondda).

During the evening a film crew started making a film about Pussy Riot. The film has now been completed & features the Pussy Riot women themselves (and, of course, their music) interspersed with input from all the panelists & especially Kerry McCarthy herself as she has a unique insight into the case as she not only attended part of the trial but also met some of the members of Pussy Riot.

The video, made by Max Vegliois & Moe Ahmed, has just been completed & Louder Than War, who were one of the first places in the UK to cover Pussy Riot’s case, have been granted an exclusive on it.

Accompanying the video come these notes:

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, two members of the punk collective Pussy Riot have been sent to remote prison camps to serve their sentences.

Both were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for performing a punk prayer at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow.

They will now serve the rest of their terms in the camps where conditions are reportedly terrible.

Kerry McCarthy MP, Dorian Lynskey, Joan Smith and John Robb recount Pussy Riot’s remarkable rise.

With thanks to:
Kerry McCarthy, Labour Member of Parliament – @KerryMP
Dorian Lynskey, Guardian Music Writer – @Dorianlynskey
Joan Smith, Author and Columnist – @polblonde
John Robb, Musician and Writer – @johnrobb77

Producer/ Director: Mohammed Ahmed – @mohammedahmed41
Producer/Director: Max Veglio – @maxveglio
Editor: Nick Lewis
Graphics Designer: Robin Littlewood

In other Pussy Riot related news has everyone seen Jesus wearing a Pussy Riot t-shirt yet? No, not THAT Jesus, the one in Southpark. Precisely the one in an episode in which which, according to the Wall Street Journal, pokes fun at people who rally behind cause celebres without thinking about what they are supporting. Here’s a screen grab:

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  1. A great little film there! Art Review Power 100 includes Pussy Riot and Slovaj Zizek (who describes Pussy Riot as “the noblest of conceptual artists” and totally contradicts Putin.the Patriarch and the Pope -see his `The True Blasphemy`online). My comment is published after the John Baldessari On Power article in Art Review. Not a single word from the Royal Academy,Serpentine Gallery,Tate, Saatchi, Damian Hirst,Tracey Emin,Art&Language,Joseph Kosuth,Matthew Collings etc. Are they all afraid to say anything? Do they (and Putin) feel `upstaged` by Pussy Riot truth and art ? Does the Russian Orthodox have any `religious feelings` that can be `hurt` ? Does the present Russian economy have any `moral foundations` that can be `attacked` (as Putin and Patriarch assert) ? No. It`s ye olde `stalinist paranoia` at the Kremlin and (now) the Vatican. It is Putin,the Patriarch and Pope who have `nothing to do with art,democracy or freedom`. These 3 are liars for Church and State authoritarian control. Totalitarian capitalism in religious vestements and suits. Evil men. The unpleasant Medvedev now says Pussy Riot have been in prison long enough. He still lies about art and life,though. Unfortunately Camille Paglia published her new book `Glittering Images` too soon to include Pussy Riot but Madonna ,Sting (!)Rriot Girl etc led the way pop culturally! Strut Records released the Fac.Dance 02 compilation last month ( artwork/design by Peter Saville). We dedicated our (Royal Family&the Poor) track `Vaneigem Mix` on this early Factory Records compilation to Pussy Riot. `Vaneigem Mix` is also on Youtube. Our website is http://www.gothicmoonrecords.co.uk ” The only road to freedom is self education in art” – Camille Paglia ( Akiane Kramarik,Stella Vine and Sarah Maple also have great artist websites) The Mummies (on Youtube) have their `Your Ass Is Next In Line` and `One Potato Two` – they later became Here Come The Mummies (`Pants` is hilarious). Viva Pussy Riot! Viva Art!

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