Contemporary DIY Bay Area Show Flyers Continue Basic Design of Earlier Decade

Posted by Billyjam, June 27, 2015 07:55pm | Post a Comment

After grabbing the above sampling of flyers for punk and indie rock music shows in the Bay Area this week, it made me think that it's like 1982 all over again, flyer-wise at least. Back then this basic cut and paste collage style of basic, no-frills, black and white Xerox flyers with ransom note lettering was the most prevalent. The only difference (besides the bands and venues changing) is that back then they were mostly 8" by 10" size flyers whereas the ones above are all quarter page scale - that way you get four times the amount for your buck, plus people are less likely to fold them and not read them again.

The above flyers are for what should be some good shows too including Wednesday (July 1st) at El Rio in SF with Party Force, Lucky Boys, and The White Barons ($7, 21+ Info), and tonight (June 27) at the Stork Club in Oakland with Beast Fiend, TV Static, The Connies, The Wastedeads, and Fuzz Attack. ($5, 21+ Info). The other two flyers include one for new downtown Oakland music bar the Golden Bull on 14th (near Broadway) where this upcoming Friday, July 3rd, five acts are booked including CCR Headcleaner, Ubu Roi, Means End, Sselxes, and Rays ($8, 21+ Info). The other show flyer is for the Knockout on Mission in San Francisco on July 8th when Maximum RnR along with Thrill House present a punk show with Quaaludes, Piss Test, Rays, and Sloppy Kisses. ($7-$10, 21+ Info)


Posted by Whitmore, November 1, 2007 09:04pm | Post a Comment


Alfred Jarry had a profound, incalculable effect on most every art and literary movement of the 20th century movements influencing Dadaism, Surrealism, Futurism, Expressionism, Cubism, and especially the Theatre of the Absurd. You can start with Marcel Duchamp and Andre Breton and keep right on swerving through the better names of the century; poets Guillaume Apollinaire, Max Jacob, Tristan Tzara, artists like Picasso, entertainers such as The Marx Brothers, the Goons, Spike Jones, the Bonzo Dog Band, Monty Python, even Mad magazine.

Playwrights Eugene Ionesco, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Edward Albee all owe much to Jarry, as do other literary greats like Jean Genet, Antonin Artaud, Douglas Adams, Robert Anton Wilson, Boris Vian, George Perec, and J.G. Ballard. In fact, I swear even George Bush and his entire administration have been heavily influenced by the absurdities of Alfred Jarry and his masterpiece, Ubu Roi featuring the bloated, thick and stupid future king, Pere Ubu.

Well, One hundred years ago today Alfred Jarry died of alcoholism and tuberculosis in Paris at the age of thirty-four. Every aspect of his life was a performance of self. More than just writing about Ubu, he lived as Ubu. He blew through a small fortune he inherited from his parents, served in the military, developed a taste for absinthe, and took to wandering around Paris inebriated; alcohol, he said, was his “holy water.” He costumed himself in black biking gear, often in a long hooded cape carrying a green umbrella and two pistols. He also assumed many of the characteristics he wrote for his fictional Pere Ubu: talking in a high falsetto, adopting a mechanical / monotone speaking style, enunciating every single syllable with no inflection or nuance, and Jarry always spoke of himself in the royal "we.”

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