Normal History Vol. 510: 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 34-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

When Melody Maker (U.K.) called Mecca Normal “a two-person guerrilla campaign against apathy” it’s likely they were referring to the music and lyrics, but Mecca Normal has always been a group whose visual output has run concurrently, augmenting philosophies of resistance, feminism and culture with varying degrees of success and attention. 

We were on tour when we got the news from the label that the cover art I created for Who Shot Elvis? had been rejected by the printers. To be fair, the label gave me the option of moving forward with it as it was (I forget what that entailed) or opting for an extended run on a poster of the original image. I decided to go for the poster and turn the cover art into an ear to avoid distribution issues. 

“All About The Same Thing” from Who Shot Elvis? (Matador, 1997) (download):