Normal History Vol. 472: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 34-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

I wish my band had clout! I know first hand that music can change the world, but we timed-out after our 15 years of fame. I get that we fall into the old and irrelevant heap. Christ! Women my age are invisible at best—mostly regarded as worthless, ugly and taking up space, etc. Ever wonder why that is? It’s because we are a dangerous element that needs to be suppressed, and treating us like we’re lepers is part of how that’s accomplished. As a culture, we’ve succumbed to the abhorrent notion that 100% of a woman’s value is wrapped up with youth and sensuality.

A Kind Of A Girl” from Flood Plain (K, 1993) (download):