Normal History Vol. 666: 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 37-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

David’s new book (published by Beacon Press) is about Benjamin Lay, an Anglo-American radical who, 300 hundred years ago, used direct action and guerrilla theater with astonishing results. In a time when owning slaves was legal and as normal as breathing air, Benjamin Lay brought about the end of the practice in the Quaker community (that had previously disowned him). This was evidently the first community in the U.S. to discontinue slave ownership. Profound!

He Didnt Say” from Jarred Up (K, 1995) (download):