International Anthem Number 1 1977 35cm x 27cm
Gee wrote in Crass Art And Other Pre Post-Modern Monsters, In 1977, Whilst living in New York, I started work on the first International Anthem – ‘a nihilist newspaper for the living’ Profiting from the illustration work I was given, and aware that what I produced was becoming too radical for the mainstream American tastes, I decided to create an alternative vehicle for myself and for the others who felt I had something to offer. International Anthem was never intended to be a regular newspaper, it was produced when and if I had the inspiration and the finance to see it through. So although I compiled five editions only three made it into print.
George Berger adds, Now truly up and running, Crass’ artistic backgrounds and vivid imaginations quickly expanded from gigs with banners to a multi- pronged multimedia attack on the status quo and the establishment.The written word was another branch.With a bit of money under her belt, Gee had earlier started her own paper, International Anthem, with the strapline ‘A nihilist newspaper for the living’. Still in regular contact with Pen back in England, Gee had enlisted his writing services, along with those of Eve, for the first issue. It sold through an independent network and radical bookshops.
You can thumb through a copy here