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Steve Ignorant, co-founded the seminal anarcho-punk band Crass with Penny Rimbaud in 1977

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Steve Ignorant, born Steven Williams in 1957, is a singer and artist, who co-founded the anarcho-punk band Crass with Penny Rimbaud in 1977.

Following the demise of Crass in 1984, he worked with other groups including Paranoid Visons, Slce of Life, Conflict, Schwartzeneggar, Stratford Mercenaries, and Current 93, as well as being an occasional solo performer.

He is also a sculptor, and has worked as a traditional Punch and Judy performer using the name Professor Ignorant.

On 24 and 25 November 2007 he performed Crass’s entire The Feeding of the 5000 live at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, backed by guest musicians.

In 2010 Ignorant announced plans to do a tour called “The Last Supper”, performing Crass songs from the period 1977-1982 with largely the same band that performed with him at Shepherd’s Bush, including Gizz Butt, Bob Butler and Spike Smith.

In August 2010 Ignorant and Rimbaud took to the stage together to be interviewed by John Robb on the literacy stage at the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool where they informed the large crowd that Rimbaud has now given him his blessing to perform Crass material live.

Ignorant moved to the Norfolk coast in 2007 where he volunteers as a lifeboatman.


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