Normal History Vol. 401: 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 32-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

In the name of the history of large gatherings with feminist orators, I’m boldly pairing David’s incredible drawing for his graphic novel about Emma Goldman with a message we got on the Mecca Normal Facebook page after we opened for the Julie Ruin in Portland on October 9

“Saw you all perform in Portland last night and I cried. I’ve never heard a band sing about anguish // misogyny, and right after watching the presidential debate, I was feeling it really hard. Us younger folks need this music! Feminism hasn’t infiltrated everywhere yet, but us young people (of all genders) need to hear your perspective. It gives historical context and gives me strength for the future. So happy I came to the show, so happy you two are still fucking rocking it. Thank you thank you.” –Kale

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