Penny Lapsang Rimbaud was born in South West London. He is a writer, philosopher, painter, and musician. He was formally a part of the performance art groups EXIT and Ceres Confusion. In 1977 he co-founded the anarchist punk band Crass with Steve Ignorant, which disbanded in 1984. From then up until 2000 he devoted himself to writing. He returned as a performance poet working with Louise Elliot, an Australian saxophonist, as well a wide variety of other jazz musicians as the group Last Amendment.