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has published various uncopyrighted posters, leaflets, signs, songs and booklets under the Reinvention of Everyday Life name since the 1970s.  The ideas in these works are intended to encourage change – in a provocative, fun, revolutionary and intriguing manner. Whether or not they succeed is left up to you.  But if a few folks find them inspirational or useful, or if they can evoke a smile of understanding here and there, then maybe they’ve contributed a drop or two toward a global revolutionary change in our lives.

The rise and passage of the 99%ers / Occupy movement has sparked a new interest in many of these ideas and created a new need for reflections on the history of these ideas and speculations on their future directions.  In other words, it’s a new, fun context for the stuff...

So the purpose of this site is to distribute (for free) printable/viewable files of various signs, leaflets and booklets for 99%ers and other revolutionaries to express their feelings about or to expand their own understanding of the reinvention of everyday life.
Most of this stuff are one-page works, designed to be printed on a single sheet either 8½"x11" or  8½"x14".  They can also be printed on A4, or enlarged for poster-sized sheets. 
sohere’s the stuff ...

●    It’s Up to Us  (The 99%)
http://sites.google.com/site/ReinventStuff/home/UpToUs5(print-area).jpg
                      A century ago, we were Wobblies...
          .PDF
         
  
[print-area]   .JPG [print-area]
          .MP3  [coming soon]
Song version of  “100 Years / 100 Words,” below.

   It’s Up to Us  (The 99%)   on YouTube:
 more to come...?
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        ●    99%ers: 100 Years/100 Words 
                     A century ago, we were Wobblies...

                    .PDF    .JPG   .PDF [print-area]
                    A very brief history.  
                     Original version of 
It’s Up to Us,
” before it became a song.
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●     1%/Zinn
https://sites.google.com/site/reinventstuff/home/zinnBSuy(print-area).jpg
                   1% of Americans own half...  ... I’m part of the 1%.

bu
mper stickers, 14" wide      
(2 up,  on 14"x8½") 
.PDF 
 
[print-area]
    .JPG 
[print-area]

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http://sites.google.com/site/reinventstuff/home/zinnBS-5up(poster)-uy(11x16.36-print-area).jpg

●     1%/Zinn
bumper stickers, 11" wide   
(5 up,  on poster-sized sheet)
[also makes an interesting poster...  Anyone remember “pop-art”?]
(PDF is for 11" x17", image is for 11"x
16½-")
.PDF
.JPG
  
[print-area]

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http://sites.google.com/site/reinventstuff/home/zinnBSmast.jpg

●     1%/Zinn Bumper Sticker Master for Use by a Print Shop
Get some professionally-printed Zinn bumper stickers to give away.  (Bookstores could give them to customers who buy Zinn’s books.)
Send your union printer this JPG with the following instructions.
(I recommend Dr. Don’s Buttons.)
 
Printing Instructions for the “Zinn” Bumper Sticker:
  • Artwork file: zinnBSmast.jpg.  Final sticker size is 11¾" x 3½".
  • Bleed on all sides.
  • The union label should be placed at the bottom about ⅓" below the space between “of” and “the”.
.JPG

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http://sites.google.com/site/reinventstuff/home/zinnBS+bkmk-11in-uy(print-area).jpg

●     1%/Zinn
bumper stickers + bookmark , 11" wide
(2 up bumper stickers + 1 bookmark with QR code, on 11"x8½")
.PDF
.PDF 
[print-area]
   
.JPG
  
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Suggestions for making bumper stickers:
Use 4 strips of double-stick outdoor carpet tape (5 to 6" long) on back of each bumper sticker.
Options for weatherproofing (before applying double-stick tape):
1>  Don’t.  Just laser print and re-print as needed.  (Not the best environmentally.)
2>  Use vertical strips of clear package-sealing tape on both sides.
3>  Laminate two slightly-separated stickers in a light-weight laminating pouch.
 
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●     1%/Zinn
sign     
(14"x8½") 
  
[print-area]
 
    .JPG 
[print-area]

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●     1%/Zinn
poster      
( large:  PDF is designed for 16+" x 10½+", image is 
  designed 
for 
 
17" x 10½-" 
– print either on 17" x 11" ) 
.PDF  
[print-area]
   
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    .PNG  
[print-area]
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  •     Plutocracy No!
 https://sites.google.com/site/reinventstuff/home/PN!-12up-r(print-area).jpg
   
                       small sticker   
(12 stickers on an
 8½" x 11" sheet
) 
                            .PDF
                        
  
  
[print-area]
 
 
    .JPG  
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You may be familiar with a certain news broadcast (democracynow.org). Although I don’t really expect them to immediately change the name of their show, it does seem to me that “Plutocracy No!” is a bit more to the point – and perhaps somewhat less ambiguous.

Print on full sheet label stock (e.g. Avery 5165 / 8165).  Weather-proof the front using strips of clear package-sealing tape across the short length of the sheet.  (Shorter lengths of tape are easier to control.)
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  •     Bottle Against the Wall (The Energy of Everyday Life)
 
http://sites.google.com/site/ReinventStuff/home/bot19g(print-area).jpg


                              lyrics and chords, plus info about playing the song on guitar:

                     .PDF     .PDF  
[print-area]
     .JPG  
[print-area]


                              lyrics and chords, plus info about playing the song on fretted dulcimer:

                     .PDF     .PDF  
[print-area]
   
  .JPG  
[print-area]


                      A song based on part of Raoul Vaneigem’s

                      The Revolution of Everyday Life.

                      (Traité de savoir-vivre à l'usage des jeunes générations).


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  •     Life Passes By (La vie s’écoule, la vie s’enfuit)

http://sites.google.com/site/ReinventStuff/home/LifePassesBy-C(print-area).jpg


During decades of writing/rewriting/singing “Bottle Against the Wall” [above] based on Raoul Vaneigem’s writings, I’d never heard about a song with lyrics he’d written himself – a song that’s apparently become fairly well-known in Europe!  (Also, unlike my effort on “Bottle,” he even had the sense to keep it short and make it rhyme...)

Vaneigem supposedly wrote the lyrics to “La vie s’écoule, la vie s’enfuit” in 1961, but it might’ve been somewhat laterThe music is by Francis Lemonnier.  The song was on the 1974 album “Pour en finir avec le travail(For the End of Working) – reissued as “Les Chansons Radicales De Mai 68(Radical Songs From May ’68).

A number of French musicians have recorded covers of it in various styles(The PDF below has some YouTube links (i.e. this and this) – you can search for others.)  I found singable (scanning/rhyming) translations in Italian, Esperanto and German, but not one in English.  So I created one myself (with some help from notbored.org).

For a non-fretted-dulcimer player, there’s not much difference between the two versions of this lyrics/chord sheet.  The musician who helps write up songs [see below] tells me that an unusual tuning for fretted dulcimer (CAcc) works better for this song, so he’s written arrangements for different fretted-dulcimer tunings (CAcc and the more standard DAdd).


                                lyrics and chords [CAcc]:

                     .PDF     .PDF  
[print-area]
     .JPG  
[print-area]


                                lyrics and chords [DAdd]:

                     .PDF     .PDF  
[print-area]
 
     .JPG  
[print-area]


    Life Passes By  on YouTube:
(Jim was still learning the song on this take.  Melody not quite right.)

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     Of interest to this site’s visitors:  Songs and a leaflet at the JimBStuff site
 

Jim Burrill is a musician I’ve worked with on lyric/chord PDFs for three songs here.  He performs “It’s Up to Us” and “Life Passes By” in YouTube links above.  
On his own site ( sites.google.com/site/JimBStuff ,  [songs page] ), he posts songs, leaflets and signs – many with an activist perspective, but rather less revolutionary than my own.  (Some folks have even speculated that I know him about well aSuperman knows Clark Kent, based on a theory that the symbol I use for my name could be his initials.)

Here are three of his postings which I find interesting:



Mathematics  by Jim Burrill (meter-shifting chant based on part of Lautréamont’s Maldoror)


Factory Girl   traditional, updated by Rhiannon Giddens

 

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  • ●    Hurricane Sandy:  “Occupy Wall Street!”
     
            sign/poster
                   .PDF
              
 
 
 
[print-area]
 
    .JPG 
[print-area]
When Sandy visited NYC, she closed the NY Stock Exchange for two days in a row for the first time since 1888.  If you listened closely you could hear her cry “Occupy Wall Street!”
...OK, this image associating Sandy and OWS is not meant seriously.  The Occupy Sandy Relief effort’s success, though, does deserve mention.  I’ve long thought the American Red Cross far less effective than the International Red Cross / Red Crescent.  But it was a new level of ineffectiveness when they couldnt provide relief because roads were closed, while a spontaneous group of volunteers – whose main focus was not asking for money – was already there helping victims.  http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/  (But while this sign’s association of OWS & Sandy is not serious, there actually is no evidence that Occupy Sandy Relief provided any assistance to the NY Stock Exchange...)
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  • ●    Santa’s Suicide Note
http://sites.google.com/site/ReinventStuff/home/santa(print-area).jpg

How could the Christmas season I loved become the greatest pageant of an induced mass addiction to pointless commodities?

poster/leaflet/Christmas card     
(14"x8½")
 
 
 
[print-area]
   
.JPG 
[print-area]
Hanging 
himself by the chimney with care.
An older work.  (Anyone remember typewriters?)  Thanks to LC for the art.
A clean new version with digital text soon...?
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  • ●    The Secret World of Duvbo
 
    for printing:                .ZIP  [coming soon]
    for on-screen view:    .PDF 
 
First published by CrimethInc.  Republished by Reinvention of Everyday Life after the CrimethInc edition went out of print.

This is a multi-page booklet.  The .ZIP file will contain .PDF files with page order designed for printing.  Other files needed for printing will also be included, such as a .TXT file with info on how to print and assemble.


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●    Occupy Wall Street Signs
 
                ●    Old Shoes/Billionaires  
 
                              Dance barefoot!
 

  
                         sign/poster     
(14"x8½") 
                           .PDF
                         
 
[print-area]
    .JPG
[print-area]
                            An OWS variation on an old slogan from May ’68, Paris.

...
 
 
                ●    Old Shoes/CEOs,
                          text sign/poster
                          .PDF    .JPG
[print-area]
                          Another variation on the old slogan from May ’68, Paris.
 
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                ●    Old Shoes/Billionaires
                          bumper stickers
                           .PDF
 
                         
 
[print-area]
    .JPG
[print-area]
                            Print on full sheet label stock (e.g. Avery 5165 / 8165),
                            or use double-stick carpet tape.
                            Laser printing recommended. If its not perfectly
                            weather-proof, just print more as needed...

...

 
                ●    Old Shoes/CEOs
                          bumper stickers
                           .PDF    .JPG
[print-area]
                            Print on full sheet label stock (e.g. Avery 5165 / 8165),
                            or use double-stick carpet tape.
                            Laser printing recommended. If its not perfectly
                            weather-proof, just print more as needed...

 







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