anarchist and radical left-wing subject matter. true to the belies in its
publications, it is owned collectively, and managed by its workers, who all
receive the same amount of money. AK was founded in the Scottish city
of Stirling in 1987 by Ramsey Kannan, (The letters AK are the initials of
his mother, Ann Kannan).
Founder Has Long Anarchist Tradition
Ramsey Kannan, who is of Lebanese and Scots heritage, is a singer and
activist with a long history of radical protest against the British and
American Governments. He was one of the primary figures in the anti-poll
tax movement in the 1980s and 90s that eventually sparked the
resignation of prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Kannan was also a
founder of the Anarchist Book Fair in San Francisco, which has held for
two days every March for the last 18 years. He was for many years the
lead singer of Political Asylum, a well known Scottish anarcho-punk
musical group. Kannan himself is no longer associated with AK.
Rare Works by Leading Radical Thinkers
Today, the AK stable of works include publications on anarchism,
globalization, gay issues, workers movements and animal rights. Its
website offers many titles that are out of print or difficult to find from
other sources. AK’s website also offers spoken word discs by radical
thinker and authors that include Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy and Jello
Biafra, and music by artists that include Utah Phillips and David Rovics.