Normal History Vol. 534: 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.

Where are the legions of older women who want to start punk-rock bands?

There’s systemic disdain for women who don’t look young, who aren’t young. 

We’re so defined by what we look like—what a bizarre idea—but then again, how brilliant, because women will step aside, back down and be quiet when we no longer feel the confidence of youth and beauty. It’s imperative that women push all that aside and make ourselves known! 

Now is the time of the older woman!

“The Observer” from The Observer (Kill Rock Stars, 2006) (download):