John Frew Collection

Reference Code

GB243 T/SOR/40

Title

John Frew Collection

Dates of Creation

1970s – 1990s

Extent

I archive box and 26.4MB

Name of Creators

Material collected by John Frew.

Level of Description

Fonds

Administrative History

John Frew has been involved in politics from an early age. During the late 1970’s and into the 1980’s he was an active member of The Clydeside Anarchists, worked on the West End Crimes news-sheet amongst others with Autonomy Press in The Glasgow Collective Bookshop and was active in the Anti-Poll Tax campaign, Anti Nazi League and the Miners Strike. He was heavily involved in student politics in the 1980’s and was Editor of a number of publications including: Limited Edition; 57°North, North East Green Diary; Techbeat and numerous student publications

In 1986, while a student at Glasgow Caledonian he co-founded MediaTech, a multimedia event and production organisation. MediaTech were involved in many projects, from multi-media events to a forty minute video production called Double Exposure, edited and produced in the University TV studios and filmed on location in Glasgow. All the events where filmed. MediaTech also organised gigs which highlighted local and student talent.

In 1989 John and Stephen Wilson co-founded The Shadow, also part of MediaTech, a magazine produced in Bearsden. They were both responsible for all aspects of the magazine: production; distribution; finance; design and editing.

John was also involved, mainly in the design of publicity materials, with many community based groups including: Mischief La Bas; Cosy Comedy Club; Drink and Drug Abuse (Ayrshire and Arran Health Board); Glasgow’s first International Film Festival and the Bowling Community Gala.

He was the Graphic Designer for Framingo Records, a record label he and three friends created. They released ten CD’s and three 7” singles, John designed the labels and sleeves and any publicity to promote the CD’s and vinyl. They also organized showcase gigs which John designed the publicity material for.

He was also involved in Radio Gladice, a Gay pirate radio station, as DJ Adams Adam. John is also a political poet and an occasional stand up comic. He is currently a committee member of the Paisley Photographic Society.

Scope and Content

This collection includes: hand made posters for music and political events; political collage; magazines; news-sheets; serials (including student publications); newspaper cuttings and materials relating to: the miners strike; the anti-poll tax movement; the direct action movement; free festivals; the Free University Network; Variant magazine and Radio Gladice (including four mixed tapes by DJ Adams Adam).

System of Arrangement

Items have been arranged according to subject and record type. Copies of Class War and Direct Action have been added to T/SOR/10 and T/SOR13 respectively.

Custodial History

Material collected and held by John Frew.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

John Frew

Appraisal, Destruction, Scheduling

Appraised according to the Spirit of Revolt appraisal policy.

Accruals

Further accruals expected.

Access Conditions

Open

Copyright Reproduction

Application for reproduction should be made to the Spirit of Revolt group.

Existence of Copies

No known copies.

Finding Aids

Descriptive list available at Glasgow City Archives and on the Spirit of Revolt website.

Publication Note

No known publications.

Related collections

Other Spirit of Revolt (Ref: T/SOR) collections held at Glasgow City Archives.

Date(s) of Description

Compiled by Paula Larkin (Project Archivist), August 2019.

1

Posters

An eclectic range of posters including: Media Tech gigs at Glasgow Polytechnic; Thrust; popprotest art exhibition, Glasgow Book Collective; The Pleasure Tendency; Banjax The Poll Tax; West End Crimes (anarchist news sheet); EXPERi—MENTAL…FilmsBooze∙Band∙Promiscuity∙Anti-Disco; Reclaim May-Day and political collages.

2

Serials

1

ANOK4U2

n.d.

2

An Phoblacht, Republican News

16 August 1990

3

Carn, A Link Between The Celtic Nations

No.63 Autumn 1988.

1988

4

Black Bairn, Forthside Anarchist News-Sheet

March 1984

5

Clydeside Anarchist

Issue no.2, Summer 1984

1984

6

eradicate

n.d.

7

Festival News + Views

Two issues: No.2½ May 1987 and No. 3 June 1987.

1987

8

The Heretic, Issue One, Student Special

October 1993

9

The Glasgow Keelie

No. 5

Nov 90

10

Practical Anarchy, Glasgow’s Revolutionary Newspaper

Three issues: 5th April 1984; 25th June 1984 and one with no date. Also includes two A5 flyers: A CLYDESIDE ANARCHIST collective ? and Handy hints – DESTROY that which would destroy you…

11

Re-fuse Collection

E.K. Anarchists News Sheet

May/June 1984

12

Refuse and Resist, News From Local Anti-Poll Tax Groups. No.3

April/May 1990

13

The Scorcher

Issue 1 (2 copies) also includes an A3 poster.

January 1986

14

Scottish Workers Republíc

Scottish Republican Socialist Party

n.d.

15

The Shadow

Winter 90-1 no.1

1990 – 1991

16

Skint

The newspaper of the West of Scotland Area National Union of Students

Issue 4

September/ October 1990

17

Spank

c1987

18

Stonehenge 86 Campaign News-sheet Polytrantric Newsletter No 17

Feb 1986

19

Strike Back!

Issue No 5

May 1984

20

Stuff Xmas

2 copies

nd

21

The Captive Voice, An Glór Gafa

The Voice of the Irish Republican Prisoners of War.

Vol. 2. No. 2. Summer 1990.

1990

22

Violence & Nonviolent Action

nd

23

West End Crimes

Maryhill Anarchists News-sheet issues No.1 and No. 2 (3 copies).

April – August 1984

3

Miner’s Strike

Includes: newspaper cutting and news-sheet about the occupation of Price Waterhouse offices in Glasgow and The Real Reason for Pit Closures news-sheet.

1984-1985

4

The Pleasure Tendency

Includes a note to John Frew from The Pleasure Tendency with the fliers Conservation of the Monument (2 copies).

20 May 1986

5

Free University Network (F.U.N.)

Includes: Free University – The First Year and a programme for Scratch Parliament.

1988

6

Radio Gladice

101FM 241MW 1242KHZ AM

Includes: Radio Gladice Station Structure and four mixed tapes by DJ Adams Adam.

1989

7

Miscellaneous

1

Direct Action Movement

Includes:Organisational Basis – A). Statement of Organisation of the Direct Action Movement (passed at conference, Leeds, 30/6/79) and Syndicalism Defined, Direct Action Movement, c/o164-166 Corn Exchange Buildings, hanging Ditch, Manchester M4 3BN.

1979

2

1968: What Really Happened. In Their Own Words.

New-sheet with reprints from 1968

nd

3

Variant magazine

Includes A4 sheet about the forthcoming publication of Variant and a press release from 1990.

1984 – 1990

8

Newspaper Cuttings

Includes photocopy of two newspaper articles: Student protest disrupts Minister’s college visit by Eric McKenzie, The Scotsman 21 October 1988 and Student Protest mars launch of college company by Eilzabeth Buie, Glasgow Herald, 21 October 1988. Also includes, The secret of Thistle’s winning habit, The Glaswegian 13 January 1994.

1988 – 1994