Normal History Vol. 515: 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 35-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

“Historically, artists have been put into categories invented by the media, defined by journalists who grapple with language to supply the general public with impressions. Naming groups and movements makes it easier for the media to chronicle versions of history in terms of beginnings, leaders, influences and demise. Beginning a group practically demands that it end, to make room for new groups, new terms, new fashions—all required to keep selling product.” —Jean Smith, “Surviving The Underground,” Monitor Mix, NPR, 2009

“What About The Boy?” from The Family Swan (Kill Rock Stars, 2002) (download):