Good morning to you and by all accounts this would be Friday so no long faces. I am tempted to go on a very long dissertation about the current debate being fueled by the media and the conservative party about the welfare system in the UK, the same cruel double standard based pigeon-holing takes place in the States too – but I need to read more and not write in anger. All I will say is that the lethal cocktail of division and the rising gaps between the rich and poor put the 1970′s to shame, some seeds of revolt are surely being sewn.
On to sunnier pastures instead for the time being. I must admit that when I lived in England I wasn’t aware of the current tide of exhibitions of photography from the punk/post punk era (or they just weren’t happening yet). I’d have to assume that in the first half of the 90′s that the elevation of punk to a worthy cultural retrospective platform had yet to occur, I remember people not really taking my proclamations for the importance of The Clash seriously during the era of grunge and Nirvana which is a touch ironic.
Happily such exhibitions are now almost commonplace and I wanted to write about a new one coming up in Dundee, Scotland. It’s being hosted at The McManus which is the city’s art gallery and museum commencing on Friday May 3 and running through until August 11 so you’ve got all summer to plan a trip up to Dundee.
The What Prescense! show will feature the work of Scottish photographer Harry Papadopoulous who seemingly was exposed to every significant band and concert from the immediate post-punk years. Oh to have my time machine working properly. More than 300 photographs taken between 1979 and 1984 will make up the exhibition including images of The Clash, Orange Juice, Joy Division, The Specials and Siouxise and The Banshees.
The exhibition may sound familiar to you as it previously had a very healthy stay in Glasgow at the Street Level Photoworks at the end of 2011, there are some great photographs here from that previous showing of Harry’s work. In fact I believe the Glasgow gallery is the residence for the exhibition.
In addition to the photo exhibit various talks and performances will also be scheduled during the Dundee exhibition. I hope that everyone of you who reads in Scotland and a fair few from further afield might be able to put this on your calendar, it looks brilliant. I didn’t find an ideal Clash photograph for today but I think you’ll be alright with a brilliant shot of Edwyn Collins during his time with Orange Juice. Edywn is class, it’s just that simple. For full details about the Dundee run at the McManus vist their site here.
Don’t forget that today is the last day to enter the competition in association with ‘Let Fury Have The Hour’ so remember to enter that if you’re in the US or Canada.
More soon, thanks for dropping in.