By Rachel Evans
Green Left Weekly
In this beautifully-designed book, Melbourne-based author Iain McIntyre reveals the vital history of creative resistance in Australia. It is told through stories of Indigenous resistance, convict escapes, picket-line high-jinks, student occupations, creative direct action, media pranks, urban interventions, squatting, blockades, banner drops, street theatre and billboard liberation.
Included are stories and anecdotes, interviews with pranksters and troublemakers – and more than 300 photos. “History is filled with individuals and organisations who were totally out of step with the mainstream of their time,” says McIntyre. “In learning about the deeds of rebels past, we are provided with a memory bank of ideas and tactics from which to draw.” This year’s updated edition, also available as an ebook, reaches out to audiences worldwide with introductions added for key periods in Australian history. It features an extra 30 pages of new material.