Mont Icons
with Mahmood Fazal & Daniel Stewart

Mahmood Fazal, a former outlaw biker turned journalist, and Daniel Stewart, from Total Control and Distort mag, speak to artists, journalists, film-makers, musicians, writers, activists and outsiders about counter-culture.

Music: Low Life 'Friends'

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Mahmood Fazal, a former outlaw biker turned journalist, and Daniel Stewart, from Total Control and Distort mag, speak to artists, journalists, film-makers, musicians, writers, activists and outsiders about counter-culture. Music: Low Life 'Friends'

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  • Mont Icons Episode 12

    Warning: In this episode we discuss issues and experiences that could trigger distress or traumatic memories for people, particularly survivors of past abuse, violence or childhood trauma. In this episode we speak with former sgt-at-arms of the Bandidos, Brent Simpson, about gang life, reverting to Islam and his path to redemption. Brent is the host of true crime podcast The Clink, where he invites guests to tell their stories of redemption. Brent is a staunch advocate for The Voice of a Survivor, an organisation that offers support for institutional abuse survivors and victims of personal injuries. If anything in this episode triggers distress please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 anytime for confidential telephone crisis support.

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  • Mont Icons Episode 11

    In this episode, we speak to writer and journalist Erik Jensen. Erik is editor-in-chief of Schwartz, the publisher behind 7am, the Monthly and the Saturday Paper. Erik's book Acute Misfortune is a portrait of Australian grunge artist Adam Cullen. Cullen was a painter devoted to his own larrikin mythology, a construct Erik peels away. In this discussion, Erik talks about his writing process, the influence of David Marr on his early days as a reporter, and the paradox of being an author who hates being edited. He also talks about his new book of poetry, the revival of narrative journalism, and the difference between being a writer and a journalist. Theme: Low Life 'Friends'

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  • Mont Icons Bonus Episode

    In this bonus episode of Mont Icons, we talk about drill music, Adam Curtis, the experience of live music after the COVID lockdown and the corruptive influence of Jim Harrison on our lives. Theme: Low Life 'Friends'

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  • Mont Icons Episode 10

    Mont sits down with prolific musician Mick Harvey to discuss his time in The Birthday Party, tribute albums to Serge Gainsbourg, and writing the soundtrack for Ghosts of the Civil Dead with Blixa Bargeld and Nick Cave. We also touch on the early Melbourne punk scene, The Boys Next Door and touring with the Bad Seeds.

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  • Mont Icons Episode 9

    MONT sits down with Elias Rønnenfelt from cult Danish punk band Iceage. We hear of the birth of Iceage in the wake of the Copenhagen youth riots, the dangers of nostalgia, insomnia and his forthcoming book. Music: Low Life 'Friends'

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  • Mont Icons Episode 8

    MONT sits down with Gary Foley and Jacqui Katona ahead of Invasion Day to talk about black power and Aboriginal resistance. Topics covered include Redfern in the 1960's, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Jabiluka, Indigenous incarceration, the birth of the Aboriginal Legal Service, Gary's ASIO file and CIA intervention in Australian politics.

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  • Mont Icons Episode 7

    MONT sits down with ex-con David Obeda to discuss imprisonment, co-founding the G-Fam prison gang and life as a Section 501 deportee.

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  • Mont Icons Episode 6

    MONT sits down with author and comedian John Safran to discuss extremism and the problem of Jewish identity politics. Music: Low Life 'Friends'

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  • Mont Icons Episode 5

    MONT sits down with Jonnine Standish, one half of Australian duo HTRK. Jonnine discusses her friendship with Rowland S Howard and the power of dream diaries on her solo project 'Blue Hills'.

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  • Mont Icons Episode 4

    MONT sits down with journalist and blogger Andy Fleming (SlackBastard), an icon of the Melbourne anarchist scene. In the wake of the Christchurch Inquiry Report, we hear about SlackBastard's work; archiving and exposing the rising threat of far-right extremism.

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  • Mont Icons Episode 3

    MONT sits down with nomadic artist Stanislava Pinchuk, a visual artist, writer, tattooist and beekeeper. We hear about her work in data mapping conflict zones, her interactions with beekeepers in Chernobyl and her new project documenting the history of women tattooing women.

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  • Mont Icons Episode 2

    MONT sits down with Spider Death, a Melbourne-based visual artist, tattooist and former member of various punk bands. Spider talks about his history in Sydney’s punk scene and Kings Cross tattoo culture. Spider details his obsession with punk icons Sakevi Yokayama (GISM) and Nick Blinko (Rudimentary Peni).

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    MONT sits down with Amiel-Courtin Wilson, Australia’s foremost arthouse filmmaker. We talk about his experiences with legendary free-jazz pianist, Cecil Taylor, and uncle Jack Charles, a First-Nations actor, musician, ex-prisoner, potter and performer.

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Mont Publishing House is dedicated to Australian counterculture. Founded by Mahmood Fazal and Daniel Stewart in 2020.

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  • Mahmood Fazal & Daniel Stewart

    Mahmood Fazal and Daniel Stewart founded Mont Publishing House in 2020. Our website and publications feature writing from Mont and friends exploring the past, present and future of counter-culture. Our first publication is Archives of Violence, featuring an interview with Pouria Khojastehpay of 550BC. Images provided by Pouria, and layout by James Vinciguerra. 200 copies, hand numbered and stamped. You can order it via Lulu’s.

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