Our amazing parent company, HOME (in Manchester, UK) is opening its next exhibition this Friday (3 February) on the work of artist, musician and punk professor, John Hyatt. ‘Rock Art’ runs from 4 February to 29 March 2017.
Will you be able to come along and experience the show? We do hope so, because the exhibition will be pulling together influences from a wide and wonderful range of topics. From post-death to alter ego, magic to metamorphosis, Hyatt collaboratively explores our increasingly unstable and and challenging relationships to everything.
John Hyatt is also one third of the infamous 1980s post-punk band, The Three Johns. So, to celebrate the occasion we’ve selected some of our best music orientated back-list books, that compliment, Hyatt’s new, major exhibition.
Check these out…
Sonic Youth: Sensational Fix offers a unique illustrated timeline of Sonic Youth’s career and musical development. Published alongside a European touring exhibition on their multidisciplinary exploits, it includes two 7 inch vinyl records, selected writings by band members, essays by artists and authors, photos and documents from the band’s very own personal archives.
Loud Flash: British Punk on Paper was a unique exhibition of punk posters and other ephemera curated by the artist and designer Toby Mott, and shown at Haunch of Venison, London in the autumn of 2010. More than any movement before or since, punk was defined by the poster – and this accompanying book gives a gripping snapshot of Britain at that time – a country rife with divisions.
Malcolm McLaren: Musical Paintings was the book of an exhibition held in Germany in 2009. It was built around Malcolm McLaren’s Shallow – a series of 21 ‘musical paintings made from a grab bag of pop culture’s debris over the past 50 years.’ Here McLaren, who was a seminal figure in the punk scene, a visionary of pop culture and a pop icon, formally announced his identity as an artist.
A Brief History of New Music is a gathering together of interviews with pioneering musicians of the 1950s to the 1980s. Their contributions map the evolution of the musical field, from early experiments in concrete and abstract music, to the electronic development and the hybridisation between Pop and avant-garde culture.
Damn Son is the first book ever to focus on the cover art of the modern US hiphop mixtape: A visual world that reached unseen levels at the turn of the millenium, uncensored, unregulated and extreme, it is arguably the most anarchic of all genres of graphic design.
Eyes for Blowing up Bridges unites a group of remarkable radical artists, poets, writers and activists who initiated, perpetrated and influenced a range of seminal post-war alternative movements. Presenting rarely exhibited material – including cut-ups, film, video, sound and slide, as well as self-published books, pamphlets, anarchist propaganda, punk ephemera and graphics – the publication examines the creative interplay between William Burroughs, Guy Debord, Asger Jorn, Alexander Trocchi and King Mob, and their collective influence on Malcolm McLaren in his endeavours to disrupt the cultural and social status quo from the 1960s to his premature death in 2010.