The blight of strike that characterised the winter of 1978 had ceased to a halt by the following February. It was an incendiary period of history. Britain`s economy was fragile and even its democracy was on the brink of collapse. There was a real fear that anarchy could erupt on the streets.
However that February a loose musical collective called Crass released an album provocatively entitled “The feeding of the 5,000”. The material on the record was considered shocking, blasphemous even. However it was designed to provoke and ignite, so that people could reflect upon deeper issues. Crass lived collectively as a commune of artists, and art was their central focus. Their members weren`t just musicians, there were writers and film makers as well and they rejected conventional ways of making a living because art to them was the only honest and humane existence.