Normal History Vol. 546: 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.

Video: “Are You Hungry Joe?” live at the Middle East, Cambridge, Mass., in 1988, introduced by Billy Ruane.

“Are You Hungry Joe?” from Mecca Normal (Smarten UP!, 1986) (download):

Normal History Vol. 545: 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.

David sent me a handful of old photos on Mecca Normal’s 35th anniversary last month. I added one of me stealing even more limelight in Hamburg, Germany, 1994, during our 10th year performing together! I’m pretty sure we felt like we’d been around a really long time at this point!

“Who Told You So?” from Mecca Normal (Smarten UP!, 1986) (download):

Normal History Vol. 544: 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.

In the middle of July, Mecca Normal’s 35th anniversary micro tour connected with overlapping and unique communities in Vancouver, Seattle, Olympia and Anacortes. Topics of conversation included—but were not limited to—why my friends and I are still singing about misogyny, and the idea of increasing the price of my $100 USD paintings to raise enough money to open the Free Artist Residency for Progressive Social Change.

“Odele’s Bath” from Empathy For The Evil (M’lady’s, 2014) (download):

Normal History Vol. 543: 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.

“When we make things, we find our associates and allies. We find our communities, and everything that comes along with that, including the power to resist and reasons for actual joy.” —Jean Smith, in an interview about the Free Artist Residency For Progressive Social Change

“Maisy’s Death” from Empathy For The Evil (M’lady’s, 2014) (download):

Normal History Vol. 542: 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.

CBC Radio interviews illustrator David Lester about 1919: A Graphic History of the Winnipeg General Strike.

“Naked And Ticklish” from Empathy For The Evil (M’lady’s, 2014) (download):