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Beyond his work as a musician (Mekons, Waco Brothers, and solo), Jon Langford has attracted ever-growing attention as a visual artist in recent years. NASHVILLE RADIO is the first collection of his art. It reproduces 215 paintings and etchings, as well as many song lyrics and autobiographical writings. The book also comes with an exclusive CD of Langford performing 18 of the printed songs. Langford's song-paintings fuse publicity-shot portraiture with imagery derived from folk art, Dutch still life, classic Western wear, and the cold, cold war--all instilled with his trademark sardonic wit. He applies this completely distinctive style to the depiction of such American musical icons as Bob Wills, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash, but also to more ghostly, marginal figures--blindfolded cowboys, astronauts, and dancers--who are jerked around by the forces of success and exploitation, fame and neglect. Underlying all his work is a deep love of musical lore, twinned with fierce opposition to the death-dealing tendencies in the culture of his adopted homeland, from the killing off of authentic popular music by homogenized, mass-marketed drivel to the embrace of capital punishment as a response to social ills. Langford's work offers an alternative perspective, recalling a time when great visionaries and pioneers thrived at the heart of the mainstream--and the lid wasn't on so tight.

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Beyond his work as a musician, Jon Langford has attracted attention as a visual artist in recent years. Nashville Radio is the first collection of his art. It reproduces 215 paintings, as well as song lyrics and autobiographical writings. The book includes a CD of Langford performing 18 of the printed songs. Langfords “song-paintings” fuse portraiture with imagery derived from folk art, Dutch still life, classic Western wear, and the cold, cold war—all instilled with his trademark sardonic wit. He applies this distinctive style to the depiction of American musical icons like Bob Wills, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash, but also to more ghostly, marginal figures—blindfolded cowboys, astronauts, and dancers—who are jerked around by success and exploitation, fame and neglect. Underlying his work is a deep love of musical lore, twinned with fierce opposition to the death-dealing tendencies in the culture of his adopted homeland, from the killing off of authentic popular music by mass-marketed drivel to the embrace of capital punishment as a response to social ills. Langfords work offers an alternative perspective, recalling “a time when great visionaries and pioneers thrived at the heart of the mainstream—and the lid wasnt on so tight.”

About the Author

John Langford was bornin Newport,Wales and studied Fine Arts at Leeds University. He is the founding member of legendary Leeds punk band the Mekons, art-metal power trio the Three Johns and militant hard-country rockers the Waco Brothers. Since moving to Chicago in 1992 he has exhibited his artwork extensively, designed covers for albums by Hank Williams and Buddy Guy, campaigned against the death penalty, published a volume of cartoons lampooning the music industry, and become a dad twice over. His current projects include a spoken-word multimedia performance, The Executioner’s Last Songs, with which he will tour North America in 2006; and a solo CD, Gold Brick: Lies of the Great Explorers/Columbus at Guantanamo Bay.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781891241192
Author:
Langford, Jon
Publisher:
Verse Chorus Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
Rock
Subject:
Music - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
11 x 9.5 in

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Beyond his work as a musician, Jon Langford has attracted attention as a visual artist in recent years. Nashville Radio is the first collection of his art. It reproduces 215 paintings, as well as song lyrics and autobiographical writings. The book includes a CD of Langford performing 18 of the printed songs. Langfords “song-paintings” fuse portraiture with imagery derived from folk art, Dutch still life, classic Western wear, and the cold, cold war—all instilled with his trademark sardonic wit. He applies this distinctive style to the depiction of American musical icons like Bob Wills, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash, but also to more ghostly, marginal figures—blindfolded cowboys, astronauts, and dancers—who are jerked around by success and exploitation, fame and neglect. Underlying his work is a deep love of musical lore, twinned with fierce opposition to the death-dealing tendencies in the culture of his adopted homeland, from the killing off of authentic popular music by mass-marketed drivel to the embrace of capital punishment as a response to social ills. Langfords work offers an alternative perspective, recalling “a time when great visionaries and pioneers thrived at the heart of the mainstream—and the lid wasnt on so tight.”
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