The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
I'd have liked to have written this column from my third appearance at the wonderful Beautiful Days Festival in Escot Park near Exeter, where I played at the weekend.
But I can't, because I'm only there on the last day - stepson Joe and partner Nicola got married on Saturday, huge congrats - and my copy wouldn't have got to the central committee in time.
So this is all being written in advance and I hope the sun's out for everyone.
And the other Sun's out too. On indefinite strike until it is taken under workers' control and given a radical-left editorial stance, with its current proprietors locked up for crimes against the people.
I did say hope - it springs eternal, you know.
Beautiful Days is run by fellow Brightonians the Levellers. It sells out every year, despite refusing mainstream sponsorship or advertising, and it won Best Family Festival at last years UK Family Festival Awards.
Hooray for the true festival spirit, and a welcome change from so many "festivals" these days where corporate bands are sponsored by corporate brands, no real ale is available and the only "beer" on tap can be best described as the overpriced urine of Satan.
This year at Beautiful Days there's the mighty New Model Army, singer-songwriter Frank Turner - shame he no longer does his best song, Thatcher Fucked The Kids - and, of course, the Levellers themselves, to name but a few.
And yours truly on the Sunday night in the theatre tent.
Definitely my favourite festival apart from Glastonwick - and I organise that.
Now it's time to plug the best Marxist-Leninist R&B combo I have ever heard, with a big thank you to my mate Robb Johnson for pointing me in their direction.
Thee Faction are the canine's gonads. Remember the Redskins? Thee Faction are better than the Redskins.
They are Dr Feelgood and Iggy Pop moshing with Dexys Midnight Runners at an all-night beer festival in the Marx Memorial Library.
Art is a hammer, not a mirror - and this lot are a bloody great big ice pick.
They've got an album out, it's called Up The Workers and it is ace.
So if you like tuneful, ass-kicking R&B and the Communist manifesto then check out theefaction.wordpress.com
And if you're in London come and see them at the Half Moon in Putney on October 18.
I'm doing a set too - a special disco set, according to their website, but that's just them being silly.
Rather the opposite in fact, I want them to back me on a song or two.