Guitarist Alex celebrates the art of punk in new exhibition
One-time Winterton rock guitarist Alex Ogg will be a star in his own right at the world-famous Tate Gallery in London next month.
That is because a book Alex, 45, co-wrote has inspired an evening of live music, films, visuals and discussions called The Art of Punk at the gallery's Starr Auditorium on October 4 from 6.30pm onwards. The book he co-wrote with Russ Beatley is a 35-year journey through punk art work and celebrates a wide range of posters, flyers, record covers, fanzines and fashion ephemera.
London-based Alex, who attended John Leggott College in Scunthorpe, is recognised as one of the foremost writers on popular music in Britain and his work has charted the careers of such stars as The Sex Pistols and The Clash.
He told What's On: "The Art of Punk highlights the evolution of movement within graphic design and print, while also considering its impact on fashion and popular culture. It charts a chronological narrative running from the UK and US proto-punk scenes of the late 1960s and early 1970s through to a contemporary global punk arena.
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"Punk still operates as both an established genre of the music industry and a vital and antagonistic underground movement. Our book features all the big names in the punk movement, including Jamie Reid, Arturo Vega, Dexter Dalwood and Banksy.
"Famous graphics for legendary bands like The Ramones and Misfits are included alongside less celebrated examples from South America, the USSR and even further afield from the Himalayas to Kazakhstan to Trinidad."
After a spell as bassist with the former Winterton-based group That Noble Porpoise, Alex became a full-time writer. His books include The Hip-Hop Years, the Mojo-winning No More Heroes and Independence Days and he is co-editor of academic journal Punk and Post-Punk.