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Adam's Art Antics at the South London Gallery

Adam Ant - Art Bin installationArt School drop-out Adam Ant rounded off the Art Bin installation at the South London Gallery, Peckham on Sunday night - by chucking in a collage he created on the spot.

The former Hornsey Art School undergraduate completed the six week installation, which was launched by controversial artist Damian Hirst and included an estimated £1million worth of paintings from the likes of Tracey Emin and pop art icon Peter Blake - all thrown into a clear perspex skip.

The Art Bin's curator Michael Landy envisaged the work as a "monument to failure", celebrating failed art with a "sacrificial pit".

Home Taping is Killing Ant Music?

Adam Ant - Home Taping is Killing MusicA parody of Adam Ant has been used by UK Internet Service Provider TalkTalk for their new viral video supporting the Don't Disconnect Us campaign. Featured on BBC1's long-running current affairs programme Panarama this evening, the video lampoons the Home Taping is Killing Music campaign of the early 1980s with renditions of George Michael, Madonna and - somewhat surprisingly - Adam Ant.

Adam has always historically stood against illiegal bootlegging and has passionately protected his copyright throughout his career. What the self-confessed 'luddite' thinks of the campaign is open for debate, but you can read Marco's opinions on internet file sharing in the forthcoming edition of our free Antzine No Response, mailed to all Lifetime Subscribers in the next month.

Rogue Traders Try the Flavour of Adam Ant for New Single

Rogue Traders - Would You Raise Your Hands coverThe celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the release of the Kings of the Wild Frontier LP have got underway with the Rogue Traders releasing a nod to Antmusic with their new single.

Released on Friday 9 April, Would You Raise Your Hands? features the lyrics made famous by Adam & the Ants in 1980: "Unplug the jukebox and do us all a favour" for an upbeat dancefloor stomper. Although huge in Australia, Rogue Traders are probably best known in the UK for Voodoo Child, which featured Neighbours actress Natalie Bassingthwaighte on vocals and was played on season three of the new Doctor Who series.

Have a sneaky listen to Would You Raise Your Hands? on the Rogue Traders' MySpace page or pre-order their new album Night of the Living Drums from Amazon UK.

Adam Ant Charity Day Sunday 7 March 2010

Adam Ant - Sunday 6 March 2010Adam Ant made a surprise appearance as part of the Passion hairdressers charity day for St John's Hospice in St John's Wood, north west London yesterday.

Donating some fabulous items including jewellery, signed records and books plus the tape recorder Adam used to record demos for Dirk Wears White Sox and Kings of the Wild Frontier albums, he chatted with locals and regulars of the salon and revealed that he is working with long-term cohort Marco Pirroni again after the pair drifted apart following Adam's well publicised psychiatric issues back in 2002.

Adam also found time to grant Ant Lib an interview for the forthcoming Warriors 4 DVD. Read more about the event on the Ant Lib blog - and see how well Adam looks now with exclusive photos.

Adam Ant & Friends on a Spring Sunday Afternoon

Adam Ant - March 2010Now, Sundays are usually for recuperating after the night before. In this case, it was from being up all night on the new Ant Lib Online, putting final touches to articles and interviews. A call from Caroline, Ant Lib video editor extraordinaire, awoke me from dreams of editing CSS tags: something about Adam, an auction and a hairdressers. You know that feeling when you think somebody is having you on..?

Because I live not so very far away from St John's Wood, I thought I'd better go along 'just in case'. Caroline being knee-deep in her work with a deadline looming wasn't so sure, but we both chanced what seemed more like an episode of Beadle's About and individually made our way to Passion, just off St John's Wood High Street in north west London.

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