Friday, September 19, 2014

Gee Vaucher and Crass

Gee Vaucher
9" x 8", oil on wood, 2014
Gee Vaucher is a visual artist who made a name designing graphics for the English punk band Crass. It is interesting to note that, without being involved in the musical process, she is listed as a band member of Crass. It shows the band's intention to be more than just another punk band. What it wants is to be a total 'action' collective. I have to say that Crass is really one of the more advanced bands that came from the punk era. Certainly one of the more sophisticated and 'Art' of the punk bands that were around that time. Crass was formed in 1977 by Steve Ignorant and Penny Rimbaud. According to the Wikipedia page the band name came from a David Bowie lyric but I think that it's 'cross' with an 'a' superimposed on the 'o' resulting in the anarchy sign in the middle of the name. This is further reinforced by the album title Stations of the Crss. It was actually Vaucher's artwork that made me pick up an interest in the music, thirty-five years after Stations of the Crss was made.

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