Barricade Books – watch this spaceJanuary 5, 2008
Word on the street – and on their online site – is that beauteous bastion of regional radicalism Barricade Bookshop (website) is soon about to open up again.
Having spent a action packed few years upsetting enemies-of-thought in Sydney Road, Brunswick and then a stint at the fabulous Irene Warehouse, Barricade went underground, and possibly under, for over a year in 2006. Therefore, for lovers of political books it is quite something to rejoice that Barricade will be back, as there is no Melbourne bookshop better stocked with political philosophy and the occasional odd radical extremist pamphlet or two. Barricade specialisies in less-covered political theories (including numerous strands of anarchism) and political zines, badges and tshirts and is a discounter for local radio station 3cr.
It’s a fine cause, freedom of thought, and Barricade has braved all criticism and the ravages of commercial rentals to keep bringing us their haven of multi stranded manifestos. There’s no information so far as to exactly when, but they will certainly advertise on their website when they are about to reopen. In the meantime, something you might not know: they’ve got an online shop for anyone who just MUST read about politics right. now. You can also join a politics discussion group or two through the website.
The best thing about Barricade: well, considering the new shop hasn’t opened, it’s difficult to judge. But, frankly, one of the best things about Barricade as an entity is its’ tenacity and continued belief in providing radical philosophies and supporting freedom of thought.
The downside: well, they’re not open again yet, so it’s difficult to know, really!