15 Future Art Stars

HARRY PYE Andy Warhol once said “In the future’ everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” Did he simply mean that we all have our own story to tell, or was he guessing that future attention-seeking generations would demand the invention of devices such as the internet or YouTube? Maybe he was suggesting that either…

Allo Darlin' Kiss Me Quick?

Hailing form a Queensland country town referred to locally ‘Twin Peaks, Australia’, where “no one realised that Loopy Lenny was actually a serial killer”, you might expect Allo Darlin’ leader Elizabeth Morris’s lyrical world to dwell upon a multitude of murk and dreary darkness. Not a bit of it; she writes great big, gloriously melodic…

Concrete Mixing

Not long after the Second World War the readymade environmental sounds of musique concrete became one of the hallmarks of avant-garde composition. Subsequently co-opted by everyone from Stockhausen to the Shangri-Las, six decades later musique concrete remains a vital ingredient in all kinds of left field music. David Sheppard traces is trajectory from 1940s Paris…

Speak For Yourself

Speak For Yourself is a platfor mfor artists and musicians to discuss what inspires and influences their work. Here, the hugely influential painter, photographer, and skatboarder Ed Templeton ponders the forces that have shaped his outlook on life. If you’re not familiar with Ed’s work then visit toymachine.com/ed/ for some of the most interesting contemporary…

All Tomorrow's Parties

Directed by All Tomorrow’s People and Jonathan Caouette Ah, memories. Standing in the interminable, drizzle-soaked queue at Pontin’s holiday camp in Camber, excitedly clutching our tickets for the Bowlie Weekender, THE festival event 1999, and the whisper went round… “oh my god… Belle and Sebastian… are BUSKING by the entrance!” Never before had indie kids…

Lost and Found

Duke of Uke Summer Salon nights Art Workers Guild Hall, Bloomsbury, 29 May 2009 Aficionados of Art & Music may be aware that the Duke of Uke, while fundamentally a Spitalfields-based ukulele emporium, also operates as something of a community hub, promoting gigs and bringing disparate musicians together. Frequent in-store gigs are staged, but other performance…

Painting History

Dexter Dalwood’s paintings are often described as mixing art history with real history and, superficially, that’s easy shorthand for what he does. But why do some historical events and painting styles interest him more than others, and why has he chosen to make a series of work based on suicides and homicides? On the eve…

Albert Maysles

It’s forty years since Albert and David Maysles purportedly captured the death of the hippie generation in their documentary film Gimme Shelter (1969). Their subject was the Rolling Stones and the context was the Altamont free concert attended by some 300,000 people fuelled by amphetamines and LSD. The ‘security’ for the event: several chapters of…

The Specials' Jerry Dammers

The Specials’ Jerry Dammers wrote ‘Ghost Town’, the quintessential summation of Thatcher-defiled Britain and ‘(Free) Nelson Mandela’, perhaps the most effectual protest song ever. A key member of Red Wedge, the late-’80s, Labour Party supporting musical faction, he nowadays fronts The Spatial AKA Orchestra, mixing ska, Sun Ra and a more discreet political message. Lois…

Goodbye Baby & Amen

If you can remember the sixties you can’t have been there; so goes the hackneyed aphorism, reinforcing the notion of a libertarian decade during which ‘normality’ was somehow suspended while a euphoric blur of free love, good acid and countercultural revolution played out. Of course, the sixties also meant the darkness of Vietnam, the Manson…