Ramsey Kanaan

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Ramsey Kanaan is a Scottish-Lebanese businessman and publisher of anarchist literature, best known as the founder of AK Press, a distributor of anarchist and left-wing books[1] named after his mother Ann Kanaan.[2] He left AK in 2007 to found a new radical publisher, PM Press.[2][3]

Kanaan is one of the founders of the San Francisco Anarchist Book Fair[4] and is a member of Bound Together Books in San Francisco, a collectively run anarchist bookstore.[5]

In the 1980s he was the singer of the Scottish anarcho-punk band Political Asylum.[6]


  1. ^ Ramsey Kanaan, "What's Wrong with the American Anarchist Movement?" Jura Books, Sydney, 2005. Archived April 27, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b Rachel Swan, "Beyond Anarchy at PM Press" East Bay Express, February 18, 2009. Retrieved 19.01.2015.
  3. ^ Tobias Carroll, "I’ve Got a Name: Music, Radical Politics, and AK Press" The Experience Music Project Pop Conference, April 2008
  4. ^ Channel Zero, "Interview with Ramsey Kanaan on the San Francisco Anarchist Book Fair" March, 2007
  5. ^ Jerome Gold, Obscure in the Shade of Giants Black Heron Press June, 2001
  6. ^ Glasper, Ian (June 1, 2014). The Day the Country Died: A History of Anarcho Punk 1980–1984. PM Press. p. 441–. ISBN 978-1-60486-516-5. 

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