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Mick Jones: The Rock & Roll Public Library

Smith, Donald (2009) Mick Jones: The Rock & Roll Public Library. [Show/Exhibition]

Type of Research: Show/Exhibition
Creators: Smith, Donald
Description:

This exhibition (and the related publication) concerned a previously unpublished collection of popular culture ephemera owned by internationally renowned musician Mick Jones.

Mick Jones, iconic guitarist and songwriter with The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite, and Carbon Silicon, has amassed an impressive collection of the paraphernalia of performance and marketing materials of the bands he has worked with. This archive sits alongside a parallel general collection of books, magazines, videos, ephemera, toys and games which mark out his life, times, and influences. In his west London recording studio and adjoining store, customised stage clothes, instruments, flight cases, records, amplifiers and recording gear, posters, books, boxes of correspondence, photographs and song lyrics, etc all vie for attention in a kind of Aladdin’s cave of popular culture.

In this exhibition, as much of the contents of his west London archive as possible will be transported lock, stock, and barrel to CHELSEA space. The installation of this material will create a remarkable visual spectacle that raises questions about the act of collecting and offers some small insight into the influences and interests of a musician and cultural icon.

For Mick Jones, this will represent a first attempt to unpack, look at, and think about a small proportion of the mass of material he has accumulated and decide what to do next. He envisages this collection one day becoming a freely available resource – a “Rock & Roll Public Library”.

This is part of an ongoing series of exhibitions and publications concerned with the notion of the ‘archive’ or the ‘collection’ and the curatorial strategies, methodologies and aesthetics that could be employed in the re-presentation and display of such materials. Smith establishes the nature of the collection which includes books, videos, toys, souvenirs, and the paraphernalia of a famous musician – instruments, stagewear, marketing materials etc., and translates the private space and artefacts of an obsessive collector for a public audience.

Other Contributors:
RoleName
OtherJones, Mick
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: curation, popular culture, ephemera, popular music
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Date: 3 March 2009
Related Websites: http://www.chelseaspace.org/archive/jones-pr.html
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Chelsea Space, London3 March 200918 April 2009
Norwich University College of the Arts2009UNSPECIFIED
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2013 14:28
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2013 14:28
Item ID: 6065
URI: http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/6065

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