HR “Finding Joseph I” is a feature documentary currently in production, chronicling the eccentric life and struggles of punk rock reggae singer, Paul “HR” Hudson, a.k.a. Joseph I. HRdocumentary.com Facebook.com/findingjosephi
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early '70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently — when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic nearly 30 years after Death’s heyday — that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family chronicle, the story of Death is one of brotherly love and fierce, divinely inspired expression.
“A moving testament to the enduring power of family ties and groundbreaking music.” The Hollywood Reporter
“A Band Called Death is an incredibly thoughtful and compelling film, one of the best music documentaries to come out in years.” Twitch Film
Now as you may have gathered, here at VoEA we are big fans of the format that is vinyl records. There are many reasons that we won’t go into today but one of them is definitely the cover art. Not all vinyl records have fantastic cover art, in fact many don’t, but when it is done well the size of the 12” x 12” album cover is an almost perfect medium to display what the artist had in mind. One of the best known jazz record cover artists is David Stone Martin (commonly known as DSM) and here we take a look at his work and career as one of the pioneers of the art form.
We can’t find huge amounts about his early years except he was born in 1913 and must have displayed an early aptitude for art as he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During WWII he worked for the Office of Strategic Services as a Graphic Designer and then moved on to the Office of War Information assuming the position of Art Director. Whilst there he worked alongside Ben Shahn who went on to have a huge influence on DSM. They worked together on several large projects with a number of well regarded artists including Henry Koerner, William Golden and Bernard Perlin.
Following the war DSM moved into commercial art projects illustrating advertisements and also books. He received a number of awards around this time which helped raise his profile and increase the demand for his services. He had been friends with Norman Granz (the first official jazz millionaire) for some time and from here gained the commission to illustrate the covers for Mercury, Dial and Dial labels’ albums. DSM went on to create over 400 album covers many of which are now highly collectible and also rather beautiful. In addition to his work with Granz he did a number of Time Magazine covers in the late-60s and worked with a number of newspapers and other magazines. His work is displayed in the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of Modern Art and his alma mater the Art Institute of Chicago. He died in 1992 aged 79 but left a legacy that will delight generations to come.
Take a look at what we mean and you’ll see how art and music combined in almost perfect harmony.
Created by writer/author of 'Fucked Up + Photocopied', Bryan Ray Turcotte (Kill Your Idols), and Bo Bushnell (The Western Empire), The Art Of Punk traces the roots of the punk movement and the artists behind the iconic logos of punk bands such as: Black Flag (Raymond Pettibon), The Dead Kennedys (Winston Smith), and Crass (Dave King).
In addition to profiling the artists, the series includes intimate interviews with former band members, notable artists, and celebrities who have been heavily influenced by the art of punk rock including Jello Biafra, Tim Biskup, Scott Campbell, Chuck Dukowski, Flea, Steve Olson, Penny Rimbaud, Henry Rollins, Owen Thornton, and Gee Vaucher.
The filmmakers Bryan Ray Turcotte and Bo Bushnell take a unique approach to exploring the rich histories of these three seminal punk legends by focusing on the influential imagery and seeking out stories that have not been told yet through the artwork, which is integral to the importance and influence of each band.
On June 11, 2013 The Art Of Punk debuts on MOCAtv with an episode on Raymond Pettibon and the artwork of Black Flag. The stories behind the art of the Dead Kennedys will debut on June 18, and June 25 will see the release of the Crass episode, all of which will be available at: www.youtube.com/MOCAtv
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“Skateboarding is not a hobby. And it is not a sport. Skateboarding is a way of learning how to redefine the world around you. For most people, when they saw a swimming pool, they thought, ‘Let’s take a swim.’ But I thought, ‘Let’s ride it.’ When they saw the curb or a street, they would think about driving on it. I would think about the texture. I slowly developed the ability to look at the world through totally different means.” – Ian MacKaye