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13/09/96, ever get an anonymous letter???

okay, okay, you have several clues… the photos!!

this was a test 1.CHOKEHOLD 2.END IN SIGHT,

i’m typing this cos’ i have just finished my report on the hec fest i’m gonna photocopy it tomorrow & luckily it’ll be enclosed in this letter, feel free to reprint it, if you need a better quality to do it let me know…

okay i guess our letters will cross each other again as you’ll certainly write one during this time… hope you received the tape & hope you didn’t smash too much things while jumping everywhere (did you really do that??!), okay we’ve hired a car for the crusty fest in not even two days now (15/16/17) so yeah if everything’s fine i’ll be there , probably it’ll be finished when you’ll get this as you can see it it was mailed from Belgium… yeah i’ve typed it in advance…why? ‘cos i’ve been there already twice, this will be the third time and each time i wanted to write to a few people but Keren, time is flying too fast when you’re there…! so, it’s done before, sorry about this, hope you can understand, i hate this as much as you do!! anyway i’m sure you had doubt when i told you i took Mainstrike photos thinking ’bout you, if not when writing it when mailing it!!!

one more time i wish you would be there… be sure i’ll be there to make a few shots!

here’s the program: oi polloi, rawness, uutus, ex-1by1, undone, seein’ red?, ex-health hazard*, & many many more, hope it won’t be too violent, it should be funny though!

idoubt if i’ll see this girl here again…oh well!

please if you get it, let me know very honestly what you think of my report, maybe the few reactions i’ll get from it will make me want to do some more… so that’s about it, tale care


oh Keren this is the same story, don’t want to end but this time i must, i have NO idea of postage rates in bel. so i’ll keep it for sure under 20g so it’s okay!! yeah you think i feel better, well i must say this report kept me busy for a couple of days, looking at it i’m proud of its presentation but i guess i’ll be disap. with the way it’ll look after photocopy!! maybe it’ll be awful!! who knows…

16.09 oh oh oh… yeap it’s sunday evening 12.15 pm, 2 days i’ve been here, oi polloi just finished playing… punx pic Nic oi oi oi, Sacques Chirac fuck off! etc… so great!, DDI (italy) played there too, are one of my favourite bands… so cool on stage (i must say it: cyril has cold – they told me to) so, very funny & so – hey i met two israelian people from your collective (Aurelie, Orrlie, orlie, whatever & a guy [why, those must’ve been Orly and Kutner]) okay, Not a lot of place left. send you photos no if I can tale care & have fun too!



*I don’t think I knew who health hazard were. 10 months later I got to see ex-hh, aka suffer, in a life-changing encounter. more of this in future letters/ entries.


08-09 yeah, big liar, it was 5.09 (oops) so now it’s 6.09


Are you sure you’re well-known enough for the post-office to send back the letter c/o keren – ISRAEL??

hum?? oh sure you are, you and the Eurovision stuff!

(just kidding, you know, try & make […]… did you smile? or are you mad at me?) please no bomb, no bomb,,,

well keren, we write to often to each other lately we’ve got to stop, my parents are getting curious… & I’ve got nothing new to say (that’s it) No, that’s totally great! go on, go on!! this is awesome 1 letter a week isn’t it? first point-

2nd point, it seems like we like (like-like, yeah!) to write early in the morning hey?? , it’s 12.15 (pm, or 0.15 am)… isn’t that strange?? Do you get inspiration at those times?? (it might be the moon then? influencing us, yeah, good mood, are you in a good mood too) (say this when catching a cold) oh anyway –

I’ve finished my exams today (all this morning, well, last morning, I mean, it’s 0.15!! eh eh…) & I’m doing all my mail (late, late, late, except with you…) you’re sure the last person I’ll write to today – well I mean this early morning, sure I’ll write others today!! (9-6-09 in fact!)

what did I want to say?! come on help me keren –

so… in a few days I should be going to the crust festival in Belgium… I’m on holidays again (after this last awful morning of exams) for about 3 weeks or so. Did the festival helped me & improved my mood??? hum no, absolutely not it’s done nothing to me (liar, read top page again) Okay, okay… maybe a bit, I met those cool people from siren & this pen pal from belgium (you know the girl) – mainly these 3 persons cheer me up. Bands too… well as some were violent it ruined a bit all this but anyway – Mainstrike, Chokehold… were great –

I’m glad you feel better, so you work hard on music hey… when will you be on tour in Europe?? so met some new friend too (Itay) – too bad for Ira (it’s the fault of the Germans – since 2nd world war they’re champions into brain-washing) <- things you could heard from a local Nationalist well apart from all those letters & records I’ve got to deal with life pretty sucks too (come on keren, let’s suicide together!) <- stuff you’d heard from a 15 y.o Nirvana fan (ex-of course)… well, I can’t wait the day when we’ll start rehearsing again… I guess I need it a bit-

So generation x is out or not? let me know I’ll take you a few. Maybe we could trade for Sanjam or better: I love you fanzine done by a sxe pen pals from Sweden. cool artworks – well I’ll give you some info if you want. Okay let’s end this page saying goodnight keren: ‘good night keren’


end of page 1: 0.45 – 1st eye opened: 10.00 AM. 1st fight with my consciosness ‘pierre get up’ ‘No don’t want to’ ‘you have to write to keren’ ‘I’ll do it in my bed’ ‘come on get up’ ‘leave me alone’ ‘pierre…’ ‘GRRRR…’ ‘okay…’ hum, I’m sorry about all this, you are so serious, I mean go on, I really like what you say, telling me what happened and what’s on your mind – that’s cool. I just have nothing serious to say now for nothing happened… so I try to make jokes –

let’s see what happened in the last few days?? I stayed home, working my Grammar & stuff I met nothing for a very long time (1 month, or so, ok except the V’N’V), listened to music & write letters (yesterday), went to RENNES to pass my exams, we bought some soya stuff & now we’re going to pick up some blackberries to make jams. great hey??

…I wn I won!! Just came back from the berries: Yann 1 kg 530 pierre 1 kg 800 hey hey… Anyway, thanx for the idea about my ‘lost pen pals’, I thought about it but  don’t know.  I guess if something wrong happened, they would have opened the letter or… well some of them didn’t live with the parents anymore so… I’ve sent an ad to S&Lettuce… I’ll see.

I prefer Rawness too. Yann was abit diappointed with the review he got in MRR &HaC… he printed 1100 cd’s, sold around 700 but a lot are distros unpaid (sort of consignment) so… it costed him around 16,000-17,000FF but with all the other expenses & stuff about 20,000F 21,000 (a cd cost him 21-23F a piece. I don’t remember) so that’s about 3’700$ or so –

About the tapes… let’s say 3 more tapes – hope you did get the $, so it makes one paid one in trade of the comp tape (I’ll try & send it along with this) so I owe you $2.50  right?? if your zine’s out can you send 5 of it (usually I take a couple but well!) oh is it in English??if not I’m afraid I can’t take it…

Well that’s all for now I guess…

Take care, write soon,



Hi Keren…

how are you?? hope you did get my letter. so, I’m back from the V’N’V (just yesterday evening) & well I have to work for september but I thought (as I said) that I would write to you before ‘cos then it would take more time if I wait…

okay, I should send you a report on this event ‘cos I’ve plan to do one, so if you want you can use it. I’ll try to make it as fast as I can before I could think to something else but well with those exams stuff I hope I’ll be able to! If dates are okay (after the exams) I should go too to the lead festival (crust V’N’V fest) in mid-sept.

okay – let’s start – I won’t talk to you too much about bands as I should do a small stuff on it but well, a few would’ve pleased you I guess, like: Mainstrike, ex-manliftingbanner. they ruled so much, they have a demo out now & if ever I can get it (all were sold out there) I’ll record it for you. it was just like MLB + cool old songs from GB, Bold, chain of strength… etc. Other cool bands were the italian ones: By all means (my fave!) Timebobm… Blindfold were cool  too so were kosjerd and… the big surprise that no one were waiting for: CHOKEHOLD! They were in tour in Europe & finally came around , we learned in on the 2nd day! Some other bands weren’t that cool & was even kinda violent (surprising hey?!) anyway, you’ll know more about bands when I’ll send my ‘report’ (I hope)

The other point I’d like to talk about is a bit more personal (but I just feel like doing it). I was a bit disappointed by some people’s attitude – A few guys (& girls) I’m in touch with just didn’t come along to see me. They just […] me & this made me crazy!!

I met (at last) a couple of cool people whom I just didn’t know before, they were from USA, playing for siren (ex-engage) & they were really friendly. They should come over  to france (No that sure yet)

I also met a girl I was in touch with. I which we would have time talk a little more together on first meeting (this) was a bit “shy”. I like her a lot, her letters were really cool & so was she when we exchange them for words…

oh well..

what else could I say.. no new stuff since I don’t really want to talk about this festival (I mean, the bands) here are $10 as I told you – you can send me like 2 more tapes of it (well protected) & I’ll send you one of mu comp. if you like it & can sell it then I can send you more. I still ave one of yours left so I can only take 2 more…

sorry about this..

okay keren, I wanted to make a longest letter but I just can’t find what to talk about so I’ll end it there hoping things are better for you… & go back to work

Take care, expect more news soon,


7-06-1995 woaw!

Hello –

Ywah. it’s quite a great time I haven’t written.

Well, school is over now & so are my exams – I had a lot of work to do but now it’s okay – well not really… I’m waiting for the results & I know if I’ll graduate or no…

Anyway – too bad you can’t come to Europe. Well, maybe you will – don’t know yet you know you can come only in France & not go to Germany, holland & so on – but well – as you want

if ever you come here don’t worry you’ll have a place to stay & we’ll even go to shows over france:

in Julay there’s punk-HC festival & so on

here’s my phone number (I haven’t any in RENNES) ________ (+ a number to reach France) > 33

(ask for Pierre) > I should be there from Thursday to Sunday (try the evening then) or everyday in July… etc. hey – you didn’t tell me the price of you tape. well if I have any $$ left I’ll send you a few. & let me know then if it’s to much or not –

yeah… (no, just listening to colt turkey right now, hum – I’ll be back. just going to jump all over my room)

gosh it was great – so what’s up??

Here nothing really knew –

except tons of stuff –

this weekend we went to see a NYHC stuff. it was organized by a friend of us – it was with Madball, Punishable Act & Stormcore… well it’s not really my style of music but it was allright –

the atmosphere was cool even with all the machos, skins & so – no fights – I was kinda injured.

In 2 days I’m gonna see Beurk’s Band it’s kind of Reggae-Ska-Club & it’s kinda great live.

On 16th/ 17th of June we’re organizing a punk pik-nik with a pk-HC show, vegan food, records… people… etc.

so well, it should be cool.

Well going back to your trip – if ever you go to the USA where would you go??


Okay, No excuses about this… 12-07

can you forgive me??

Anyway (well not exactly) I didn’t really work well with my mail lately & that’s one of the first time… I guess this was laziness – I just had nothing special to say & maybe I get bored… I’ve also met some cool new people those last few weeks so it was cool to see someone for real (I guess you see what I mean) well, I’m really sorry about this,,, I know too bad how it is when you get no news from someone so…

Okay, I’ll try to do my best in this letter – as a lot of things happened this time (til the previous piece of sheet -> 7-06)-

First we did our punk pic-nic in June (16-17), then I met two new people & get close from others I knew before. so we did this stuff, we were waiting for some bands but finally only one could come without their bass player (we had no luck!) we were a bit disappointed but it finally went really well. about 60-70 persons came (we were waiting for more but well) we sold vegan food, zines, records… etc. the band (Enola Gay, from France) played a la Active Minds with only their drummer & their guitarist/ singer & it ruled! & later on a small bands were organized with people from the audience we know – so it was a real party!

We’ve lost money on oil, food & so but it was cool.

2nd day, the punk pic nic, still the same people (~60) in a cool place in the town (with garden & parks) cool atmosphere but with a shitty weather (it rains all day long… no luck again…) End of the pk-nik.

After this (12-07, 11.57 P.M) there was some events at the university during one week with debates, exibition & so on… & we organized a stuff about animal liberation with those same people, we played videos, passed on leaflet on products, information + some food (vegan)… etc – these people from paris who were at the pk-pik-nik went there too so we get a bit closer but well, it was only our friends. Brothers… who came here, people who were already vegetarian, except 5 people so it didn’t worked out very well, we were waiting for a lot of questions… but well it was the same with all the debate. People were on holidays so they don’t move anymore, that’s sad!!

I also went to the gay pride stuff with this new friend (William) to see a movie (Go fish) which I recommend to you. Kinda great. Then we went near the seaside with those people from Paris + there new friends (William & titi) & two other friends (Xavier & Sophie) we were invited by other friends (coco & yevss) (yeah, you gave me names so, you could follow this better in the future too!), we stayed for just 2 days & a night & had a lot of fun, we played music around a fire, ate cool food (cooked on fire) went into the sea & beach… gosh I wish it last longer.

After that I invited titi & william to eat (these are the two new people I’ve met) & we had fun too – we created a collective here in Rennes, called C.R.O.C.O.S. It should deal with several stuff (A.L, specism, sexism…) right now it is with titi& W. coco& yevss, Olivier & me.

after this we went to the libertarian festival in dijon for 3 days with Yann, me, Philippe, Olivier, Stephan, Coco & Yevss, Yann Dubois (Sanjam zine) & Pikta & I saw again these people from Paris & William which was cool. we slept outside (well most of us!) ate around a fire & cooked stuff again on fire.

there were cool people & cool bands: Hiatus, Unhinged, day by day, Crazy Skankers (ska), Vanilla, Schwarzeneggar… tons of records (I bought a lot…) & stuff.debates… etc.

cool but a bit tiring & really hot…

I also had my results… I get one stuff out of two & have 2-3 stuff to do again in September I get the 2nd part… (shit) but well I should graduate all the same but that’s bad anyway –

I have to work now… 😦

Next stuff should be the V’N’V festival… who know, you have my contact & tel. number so… maybe we’ll meet – it would be really cool.

I’ll end there because it’s later & just because I don’t feel like writing more, sorry about this – if you want to know more about all this feel free to ask – you know, I’m a bit happier now because I made new friends & saw cool stuff…

return stamp as always. tell me how much I owe you for the tapes please. I sold a few 15 FF ($2.50) at these events so let me know okay?

as you can see I was kinda busy lately but no excuses for not writing to you… sorry about this. Please forgive me.

Try not to do the same even if it’s my fault hey? that’s so bad I know… so hope to hear from you very soon

(on no no ink left)

take care,

see you soon,

hope everything’s all right

(good exams??)

good records??

good events??

good life??


add whatever you want


Well what else could I say…

I’ll try to send youo pictures if t hat’s OKAY when I get it (for your zine??…)

Did I forget something?? afraid so…

Oh well – more cool events soon I hope so I’ll have stuff to say…


Pierre X

the people organized the pk pik nik & show: yevn & coco, Olivier, titi & William, Sophie & Xavier, Philippe & me.

the A.L debate: yevn & coco, titi & William, me, Olivier

went to the seaside: william & titi, me, sophie & Xavier, + people from paris (4)

went to dijon: all + more, many more (except titi… holidays)

> as you gave me names, I guess I should do the same it’s easier I guess & a bit more personal too

so you’ll know what I’m talking about (& who) in future times okay?

Til then

xxx again


and a treat to those who made it this far:


Hello Keren,

received your letter yesterday – it took only 2 days to get here.

well, nothing really interesting happened here since last time – it’s kinda boring

it’s already 15 mins or more I am on this sheet of paper & I just don’t know what to say… so I’m afraid its gonna be boring-

Let’s try…

what about you… do you feel better now? I understand how bored you must be with all those army stuff… I’m not really into it now… but it will come very soon, they already contact me, I’m on their list… soon they’ll ask me to come for what they call ‘the 3 days’, it’s normaly 1 day & mainly Medical tests & all this stuff with perparation, why & what you don’t want to do it & are you gonna do + stuff on a career in the army… etc

as I’m a student I’ll be able to make it 6th[?] you know but I’d rather not making it at all. I need quite a big stuff to be reformed… so instead of 1 year in the army I’ll give 2 years for ‘civil service’ fooo!

(hey it’s coming no…)

Hey, Both time you write me & you have fight (huge) with your parents… too bad – how is it going now? are you still living with your parents or do you have your own apartment? well I guess how it can sometimes be with  parents, as far as I’m concerned, it’s mainly with stuff lie vegetarianism/ veganism, music & just some ideas on politics. They can hardly understand some stuff (I guess it’s because they’re not used to it). well anyway – sometimes it’s really okay to, they know what we want to do/ mean.

Okay, just don’t pay too much attention to it.

Well, I’m glad you enjoyed the tape. I think all the bands that were on it were stuff I liked a lot too bad that Shortsight did split up… well they’ve released a 12″ just before & it should be out soon.

Gosh, someone else did see the picture hey… damned I’m done well my only solution is to kill you all now… hum I know wait a few years, I’m gonna prepare myself in the special Branch of the Army hey? No you’re right that’s stupid.

So you’ve bought tons of stuff… that’s cool! (well at least for you) – lately it’s the same thing with me… all my money has gone into music! for distro or for myself. As there was nothing else to do & as I […] so I’m just listening to music, writing to people & working for university (I’ve got 1 week of holidays right now but I’ve exams soon too so it’s not really holidays!)

hey, what about NRA CD… is it their new one or the 1st one? as I’ve told you (I think) they’re really cool guys. About Nekhei Naatza I know their EP, Yann DuBois, from SANJAM zine did give it to me, he’s in touch with N.N & got their EP this way – he’s interviewed them for his 3rd zine… & you’re right, this EP is great!

About your zine, well, don’t worry I’ll pass your message (not Massage) on (just kidding hey) As for me… well if you want perhaps I could send you review of records I’ve listen to – let me know if you want it to be SXE, HC, PK or whatever – for interview… well, if bands send back a few I’ve done I’ll give them to you but I cannot promise anything as it’s quite along time now – Also I don’t think I’m gonna make new, just don’t feel like doing it as I get no real answer 0 well if you have ? you can send them.

if you want – About articles… well I don’t really have time & too afraid being bad so… well if I’m fed up with something or if I change my mind I’ll let you know – what I can do now is review article for you –

Well, send 3 or so of your tape when you can it’s okay – $2.50 is good price. please protect them well I can return stamps you know.

Did you like 108 cd? they;re krishna.. I didn’t really enjoyed it – seems like shelter have signed on Roadrunner (Ah Ah Ah)

Well – I too won’t be able to go to USA this year so it’ll be next summer for sure – let me know if ever you come to Europe if you know the countries I’ll try to find you addresses/ places – if you come to France well you could stay here & then perhaps come with us to the belgian fest – I don’t have any news from it. I’m just waiting for some. Perhaps there’ll be bands like Blindfold, Spawn, feeding the fire again & other like refused & more of course… I don’t know

Just tell me what you want to do. Right now I’m looking for a job to earn money during holidays, then go (probably) to Belgium –

Okay, Now I really have nothing more to say – hope you can read me…

take care Keren – write soon! pls stamp…


>Yann is working on his new newsletter, he said he’ll write later… here’s the message.