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Adam Ant for Sex Workers!

Adam Ant - The Drawn PetitionAdam Ant this week lended his image in support of The Drawn Petition, campaigning for policies that prioritise the human rights, safety and social inclusion of people working in the sex industry

The campaign, spearheaded by London artist Natasha Gomperts, consists of 1000 five-minute portraits (including Adam's, right) and will be exhibited from Monday 29 March - Sunday 4 April at The Gallery, Shepherd Market W1, bringing together the oldest recorded profession with the oldest way of recording life's key issues and events.

Members of the public are invited to visit The Gallery in the week of the exhibition, to add their face to the petition in support of those who have to keep their faces hidden from public view.

For more information on the exhibition and petition, visit the campaign website.

Adam Ant Live Gig - This Saturday!

Adam AntNearly three years since his appearance at the Bloomsbury Theatre, Adam Ant has confirmed this evening an intimate gig with the promoters of Southwark Playhouse on Saturday 20 March - this Saturday!

Adam has announced a short, intimate set of a few songs as part of the pirate-theme Shore Leave one-off special, featuring "Love-sick sailor boys and girls wring[ing] the last drop of rum from their remaining hours on dry land with bawdy bands and debauched burlesque, while DJs McKraken and DeMorgan spin swing, blues, gypsy-punk, Weimar jazz and cabaret trash and old time records from far flung ports, and a tatt-shack (natch)."

For advance tickets at just £6 each, visit TicketWeb.
For more information on the night visit the promoter's website here.

Interview › Kevin Mooney › 2005

Kevin Mooney - Adam & the AntsBack in 2005, Kevin Mooney released Mike's Bikes with his experimental alternative outfit the Lavender Pill Mob. Featuring Adam Ant's first officially released recording in ten years, Black Pirates, it was seen by some Adam & the Ants fans as exploitation of their hero who had been of a well-publicised fragile mental state at the time. Joined by Craig Burton, a long-term Ant Lib member and supporter, long-term Kevin Mooney aficionado and expert on all things Wide Boy Awake and (Lo)Max, we headed over to Barnsbury, north London to get some answers from the Ants' L'Enfant terrible...

So Kevin, give us the rough guide to your latest project, the Lavender Pill Mob...
Lavender Pill Mob is basically Gary Asquith and me. We've known each other since 1977, when I supported Rema Rema with my little band called the European Cowards, at Mayhem Studios in Battersea which was a place owned by Toyah Willcox. We've been friends ever since then and done our various projects, like Gary went on to do Renegade Soundwave, and me, Adam & the Ants, Wide Boy Awake, and Max. And after many years away I came back to England and met up with Gary in about 2002 we recorded our first album in 2003 - which was a very quick affair. I've described it in one of our press releases as our "collective breakdown", which it kind of is, like in the sense of break beats, and mental breakdowns in a way. And it's basically two old fellas who've stuck together over a long period of time and we're just putting our heads together and going back to our roots.

Adam's Art Antics at the South London Gallery

Adam Ant - Art Bin installationArt School drop-out Adam Ant rounded off the Art Bin installation at the South London Gallery, Peckham on Sunday night - by chucking in a collage he created on the spot.

The former Hornsey Art School undergraduate completed the six week installation, which was launched by controversial artist Damian Hirst and included an estimated £1million worth of paintings from the likes of Tracey Emin and pop art icon Peter Blake - all thrown into a clear perspex skip.

The Art Bin's curator Michael Landy envisaged the work as a "monument to failure", celebrating failed art with a "sacrificial pit".

Home Taping is Killing Ant Music?

Adam Ant - Home Taping is Killing MusicA parody of Adam Ant has been used by UK Internet Service Provider TalkTalk for their new viral video supporting the Don't Disconnect Us campaign. Featured on BBC1's long-running current affairs programme Panarama this evening, the video lampoons the Home Taping is Killing Music campaign of the early 1980s with renditions of George Michael, Madonna and - somewhat surprisingly - Adam Ant.

Adam has always historically stood against illiegal bootlegging and has passionately protected his copyright throughout his career. What the self-confessed 'luddite' thinks of the campaign is open for debate, but you can read Marco's opinions on internet file sharing in the forthcoming edition of our free Antzine No Response, mailed to all Lifetime Subscribers in the next month.

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