Normal History Vol. 789: 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 41-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

When songs are barometers of social discontent hinged to a specific era, it’s impossible to know what their significance will be 40 years later. In this case, some of the lyrics from Strong White Male” will likely appear in Kathleen Hanna’s new book Rebel Girl when she writes about music that inspired her way back then, thus bringing the song into current-day awareness in an era, 40 years later, when the same social discontent persists.

Strong White Male” from Jarred Up (K, 1993) (download):