Normal History Vol. 564: The Art Of David Lester

Every week, 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.

As both knowledgeable purveyors and consumers of social-media content, we are highly intuitive judges regarding the motivation for everything that gets posted. I doubt there is an assumption that everyone posting their own work is trying to get famous or make money from doing so, but maybe this should be better examined simply because it is an activity in the margins of more traditional social-media behaviors. Being relevant is not the same thing as being current, but posting one’s own older work can feel awkward. Maybe it isn’t even as frowned on as I’m suggesting it is.

“Texada Warns Me” from Flood Plain (K, 1993) (download):