Attila the Stockbroker Autobiography and Tour

Advance copies of Attila the Stockbroker’s autobiography ‘Arguments Yard’ are now available direct from him, signed if you like. 35 years, 24 countries, over 3000 gigs – his life in words. He is rightly so, so proud of it.
300 pages of which 16 are photos, beautiful paper, looks fantastic.
It is officially published on Sept 3 by Cherry Red Books, the book division of Cherry Red Records – who released his first 2 albums in the early 80s. It will be available in the shops by then – plus Cherry Red’s website and loads of other online outlets. But you can get an early copy from him now if you like:)
You can see a pic of the front/back cover at

If you’d like to order one, prices are as follows and all include P&P.
£19 UK/£22 mainland Europe/£26 Canada/US and £27 Australia/NZ
(I know the overseas prices are high – that’s because it’s so heavy…)
Paypal to
Cheque/cash to John Baine, PO Box 668, Portslade, BN424BG

And to celebrate the lad is doing a massive tour of England and Wales starting in September with the official launch at Festival 800 in Lincoln on Sept 3. Needless to say, copies will be available at all the gigs. He’llll be doing two sets, mixing readings from the book with poems and songs. There are special guests at the two ‘home town’ gigs, Harlow and Shoreham, plus an amazing line-up at the Borderline in London. Here are all the dates: there will be a few more.

Thurs-Fri-Sat 3-4-5: LINCOLN Official launch at Lincoln Cathedral, no less, as part of Festival800: also doing a gig at the Jolly Brewer, Attila is poet in Residence at the Dog & Bone and doing a show with his old mate Fermin Muguruza from the Basque Country at Lincoln University. 4 events in 3 days.
Fri 11: HARLOW Adopted 80s hometown launch at The Square – with guests original Brighton hometown heroes Boring Bob Grover and The Piranhas, best mate and Newtown Neurotics singer Steve Drewett and ranting poet Little Dave Williams whose band The Unborn Dead I supported at my first gig in Harlow on Sept 8 1980.
Sat 12: HULL Special 50th Birthday gig for a long time fan (private event)
Sun 13: HULL The New Adelphi Club, favourite UK venue for 30 years, run by the utterly legendary Paul ‘Jacko’ Jackson.
Wed 16: MITCHELDEAN (Forest of Dean) The Brewery Tap
Thurs 17 WOLVERHAMPTON Clarendon Hotel
Fri 18 WALTHAMSTOW Festival with Steve White & The Protest Family
Sat 19 WORCESTER Marrs Bar as part of the Worcester Music Festival
Sun 20 STROUD Prince Albert >
Fri 25 Big LONDON launch at The Borderline in Soho with The Newtown Neurotics, brilliant comic Jeremy Hardy, old mate Steve Lamacq as DJ, his band Barnstormer and the first ever London appearance by Contingent from Brussels, the last and best band Attila played in as a bass player, aged 21 in 1979, before starting as Attila in 1980. Just added: longtime touring partner David Rovics, brilliant US radical songster, and old mate Janine Booth, now making huge waves on the London spoken word scene.

9 BRUSSELS Magasin 4 ( playing bass with Contingent and reading the section from the book about my time in Brussels)
15 MALDON (nr Chelmsford) Blue Boar Hotel
16 LEEDS Packhorse
17 BARNSLEY Old Number 7 with Joe Solo details soon
18 WHITBY Musicport Festival (daytime) The home of ‘Arguments Yard’, the little alley which gave the book it’s title.
19 CANTERBURY Gulbenkian Theatre bar, University of Kent (really looking forward to this one!)
27 PENARTH Windsor Ale House
28 CARMARTHEN Parrot Music Bar
29 GOGINAN nr Aberystwyth The Druid
30 SWINDON The Locomotive
31 SOUTHAMPTON Arthouse Cafe

1 READING Rising Sun Arts Centre
6-8 ALDEBURGH Poetry Festival
17 PETERSFIELD Write Angle at the Square Brewery
19 STOURBRIDGE Katie Fitzgerald’s
20 OLDHAM Library
21 LIVERPOOL View Two Gallery, 23 Mathew Street, Liverpool L2 6RE
22 WIGAN Hartley’s
29 LONDON New Cross Inn – ‘LONDONWICK’ with my band Barnstormer, The Piranhas, The Tuts, Thee Faction and more TBC

3 LONDON Islington Folk Club
12 BELPER Queen’s Head

***EXTRA GIG**** Local ‘rock n roll’ book launch! Sat 26 Sept SHOREHAM The Piranhas, Contingent and his band Barnstormer at the Duke of Wellington, plus a short reading from the section in the autobiography dealing with his time in Brussels in 1979, the incredible story of the attempts by the mayor to BAN all live rock music and the riots which followed. ‘The riot starts at six o’clock!’

Attila the Stockbroker

New book ‘UK Gin Dependence Party and Other Peculiarities’, new album ‘Bankers & Looters’, new T shirt ‘most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people’ ’ and loads more stuff now available from



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