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AK Press (2015)

AK Press is a worker-managed independent publisher and book distributor that specialises in radical left and anarchist literature. Operated out of Oakland, California, the company is collectively owned.

History[edit]

AK was founded in Stirling, Scotland by Ramsey Kanaan in 1987 as a small mail order outlet, named after his mother Ann Kanaan.[1] The project soon expanded, venturing into independent book publishing, and AK Press also now has a branch in Oakland, California. Kanaan and several other members of AK Press left in 2007 to form a new radical publishing company PM Press.[2] AK Press is organized as a workers' co-operative; the Press is owned by all members of the collective and works without bosses, with every member partaking in each function of the organization.[3] It operates online through akpress.org[4] in the United States, and through akuk.com in Europe.[5] In the US, it manages a "Bookmobile" (which is not a physical automobile, but "an announcement, an opportunity") that sells books at various gatherings around the country (to protests, activist conferences, etc.).[6] In the United Kingdom, AK Press manages stalls at similar events. Works published by AK Press include reprints of radical classics as well as original works; its book topics include anarchism,[7] globalization,[8] and animal rights,[9] and are often difficult to find through mainstream outlets.[10]

AK Press has released spoken word albums by figures such as Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Jello Biafra, Arundhati Roy and Mumia Abu-Jamal and music by artists including David Rovics and Utah Phillips.[11]

The business also sells clothing, buttons, stickers, and various "anarchist props" like an upside down map of the world and the red and black flag of anarcho-syndicalism.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kanaan, Ramsey. "Part 1: What's Wrong With the American Anarchist Movement?". Melbourne Indymedia. Archived from the original on April 27, 2005. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Carroll, Tobias (August 26, 2008). "I've Got a Name: Music, Radical Politics, and AK Press". yourbestguess.com. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "About - AK Press". akpress.org. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Home page - AK Press". akpress.org. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to the AKUK Website - AKUK the European home of AK Press and Distribution". akuk.com. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions - AK Press". akpress.org. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "Anarchsim - Published by AK Press - AK Press". akpress.org. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Animal Rights - Published by AK Press - AK Press". akpress.org. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Animal Rights - Published by AK Press - AK Press". akpress.org. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "About - AK Press". akpress.org. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Audio - AK Press". akpress.org. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "Miscellany - AK Press". akpress.org. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Biel, Joe (2012). "AK Press". Beyond the Music: How Punks Are Saving the World with DIY Ethics, Skills, and Values. Portland, Oregon: Cantankerous Titles. pp. 129–133. ISBN 978-1-62106-472-5. OCLC 793573868. 
  • Shaw, Megan. Interview with Craig Gilmore, Ramsey Kanaan, and Craig O’Hara of AK Press. Punk Planet March/April 2000, 59.
  • Swan, Rachel. "Beyond Anarchy at PM Press". East Bay Express. Retrieved June 24, 2017. 

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