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Thursday, 19th Apr 2012
Earlier this year we mentioned Strummerville, a Foundation set up by the family and friends of Clash frontman Joe Strummer after he sadly passed away in 2002. Since its launch, Strummerville has helped up and coming musicians up and down the country gain access to musical and recording equipment to nurture and develop new talent that may have gone unnoticed without a little extra help. This year, the Foundation will commemorate the ten year anniversary since Joe's death with a 'Strummer of Love' 3 day music festival in Somerset.
The initial line-up has been released, and features a great mix of new and established talent. The Pogues and Badly Drawn Boy have been confirmed as headliners, with performers ranging from Billy Bragg to David Rodigan in close support. Fred Perry collaborator Don Letts will feature at the event, as will Subculture favourites Dog is Dead. Ticket sales from the event will benefit the Strummerville Foundation.
Friday, 6th Apr 2012
The Gildar Gallery in Denver, Colorado is offering a candid look at the West Coast punk scene through a selection of photographs by Richard Peterson - a former photographer for cult San Francisco punk zine Search and Destroy. Having gained unrivalled access to many of the scene's most notorious luminaries including Iggy Pop, the Avengers and the Weirdos; curator Adam Lerner notes that "Peterson is interested in much more than rockers on a stage. He captured the scene, the world that surrounded the musicians, with an eye to what made it enchanted and unexpected.”
Iggy Pop by Richard Peterson, 1978
The Weirdos by Richard Peterson, 1977
The Avengers by Richard Peterson, 1978
Whilst the origin of punk has often been disputed, it is thought that the movement emerged in the mid 1970’s in major cities in the US, UK and Australia. Born as a reaction to what was seen as a return in dominant culture of conspicuous consumerism, punk quickly spread, primarily through the medium of music, to other regions around the world promoting nonconformity and a DIY ethic. While much of American punk history has focused on East Coast scenes particularly in New York City, a wholly unique form of punk emerged with fervour across the country in San Francisco and Los Angeles. These California punks, while aware and influenced by their long distance counterparts, drew upon their immediate surroundings to develop a wholly identifiable look, sound and vision.
The Art of a Warrior Tribe captures this DIY ethic with Peterson's photographs supported by objects created by visual artists, musicians, and writers who the photographer has identified as deeply influential to him. Contributions span from major art world figures like Bruce Connor, to musicians turned visual artists like Moritz Reichelt, Penelope Houston (Avengers), David J (Bauhaus), Fritz Fox (Mutants), Steven Thomsen (Monitor) and Jeff Raphael (The Nuns).
Richard Peterson and the Art of a Warrior Tribe will run from now until 21st April 2012.
Gildar Gallery, 82 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80209. Click HERE for further info.
Monday, 23rd Jan 2012
Fred Perry will feature in the upcoming book The A-Z of Mod; due to be released in April. Written by Paolo Hewitt and Mark Baxter, this heavily illustrated book covers every element of Mod culture from À Bout de souffle to Zoot Money. Combining a style-savvy commentary with cultural anthropology, this guide to the many aspects of Mods takes an alphabetical approach to the most enduring of youth cults; with Fred Perry capturing the letter 'F'.
Paolo Hewitt began writing for Melody Maker and New Musical Express, before acting as the official biographer for groups Oasis and The Jam. Both a music and fashion enthusiast, Hewitt also owns a Mod-inspired knitwear label in Italy and has written the boom Fab Gear: The Beatles and Fashion (Prestel). Co-author Mark Baxter has been fascinated with fashion his entire life, owning a vintage clothing boutique and writing (with Hewitt) The Fashion of Football and The Mumper.
The A-Z of Mod will be published by Prestel and released on 23rd April 2012. You can pre-order a copy of the book HERE.