Normal History Vol. 554: 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.

Even I don’t really relate or respond to the term “political art” because it lacks the liveliness that draws people in (pardon the pun … draws? … art?). Hell, I don’t really like the word “people” either. Political art sounds perfunctory and filled with rhetoric, but every now and then a political song is written that is so simple that it risks seeming trite. Is it even true that if you fight for a little you don’t get a lot? No. Not in terms of how wealth is distributed within the one percent, but yes, when it comes to human rights being eradicated or reduced. 

“Fight For A Little” from Mecca Normal (Smarten UP!, 1986) (download):