Jeffrey Lewis: Anti-Folk Complete History of Punk Rock

A fast-talking and frenetic musical tour that begins with Harry Smith's "Anthology" and moves through the Fugs, the Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop, David Peele, Patti Smith and many others.

Jeffrey Lewis video


posted Wednesday, September 3, 2008


"Harry Smith was a diverse and influential figure in the New York art scene for four decades, but his exploits as an archivist of American traditional folk music, experimental film-maker, artist, record collector, occultist and all-round bohemian figurehead deserve a greater attentive audience. That’s where Peter Krynen and Hans van den Berg step in, as they present a ‘live documentary’ in which Smith’s rollercoasting, surreal life and the immense impact of his work on pop and rock music will be revealed. (Luuk van Huët) De Nieuwe Anita, 20.30, €5."


posted Tuesday, August 19, 2008



Venue: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
Preview: Friday 20 June 2008, 6-8pm
Exhibition: 20 June - 26 July 2008

"The resulting drawings, paintings, photographs, texts, scrawls, gloops, doodles, collages and comic strips are as gloriously primitive as their musical forbears, embracing Smith's free thinking psychedelic sensibilities." - Plan B magazine

The exhibition brings together the work of eighty-four leading artists and musicians, who were each invited to make a visual artwork in response to one track from the groundbreaking music release the Anthology of American Folk Music. The Anthology was edited by seminal New York artist, musicologist and experimental filmmaker Harry Smith, and first published by Folkways in 1952. It is considered to be one of the most important collections of information in modern society, creating a folk canon and contributing to numerous folk revival movements.

This exhibition creates a new visual collection of the Anthology, as seen through the eyes of contemporary visual artists and musicians. The exhibition includes artists from the US, Europe and Japan, reflecting a diverse and exciting range of practice including: visual art, outsider art, comic book, design, craft and illustration.

Exhibition curated by Rebecca Shatwell, alt.gallery.

The artists are:
Dave Allen, Jonathan Allen, Diane Barcelowsky, Marcia Bassett, Eric Beltz, Hisham Bharoocha, Jesse Bransford, Vashti Bunyan, Jelle Crama, Jaron Childs, Rob Churm, Marcus Coates, Karen Constance, Christian Cummings, Dearraindrop, Arrington di Dionyso, Graham Dolphin, Bill Drummond, Jorn Ebner, Peter J.Evans, Yamataka EYE, Jad Fair, Feathers Family, Kyle Field, Alec Finlay, Devin Flynn, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Luke Fowler, Chris Graham, Susie Green, Doug Harvey, Rama Hoffpauir, Dan Howard-Birt, Zoe Irvine, Rich Jacobs, James Johnson-Perkins and Mat Cowan, Juneau Projects, Seth Kelly, Jeffrey Lewis, Linder, Derek Lodge, Lone Twin, Robert AA Lowe, Ant Macari, The Matinee Orchestra, Maya Miller, Paul D.Miller aka DJ Spooky, Gean Moreno, Heather Leigh Murray, Michael Nyman, Dylan Nyoukis, John Olson, John Orth, Paper Rad, Mike Paré, Plastic Crimewave, Dave Portner, Devin Powers, Adam Putnam, The Rebel, Ginny Reed, Clare E.Rojas, Chris Rollen, Arik Roper, Giles Round, Royal Art Lodge, Mathew Sawyer, David Sherry, Brooke Sietinsons, Ross Sinclair, Andre Stitt, Philip Taaffe, Vernon & Burns, Daryl Waller, Flora Whiteley, Michael Wilson, Simon Woolham, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, C. Spencer Yeh, Yokoland, :zoviet*france:

Harry Smith Anthology Remixed
Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
21 June - 26 July 2008
Tuesday - Saturday: 11am-6pm
Admission Free


Media Sponsor: The Wire magazine, www.thewire.co.uk

posted Thursday, June 26, 2008