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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Silent Pictures

posted by on August 29 at 12:21 PM

the nation of ulysses

Chances are, if you don’t recognize the name Pat Graham you’ll probably recognize some of his pictures. He’s releasing his first book of rock photography next month, Silent Pictures, collecting his best shots from twenty years at shows and on tour with independent bands. He’s responsible for many of the iconic early nineties shots of Dischord bands Fugazi and the Nation of Ulysses / Make Up, as well as documenting Modest Mouse tours from the nineties through today (he’s currently in charge of their online tour photo blog). These acts have the most coverage in the book, with energetic live shots and intimate portraits that document huge spans of their careers. The rest of the subject list reads like a summary of my favorite bands: Frodus, Sebadoh, Tortoise, The Sea and Cake, the Jesus Lizard, Blonde Redhead, Sleater Kinney, Les Savy Fav, Elliott Smith, and Ted Leo to name a few. Silent Pictures is like a treasure trove of photographs of all the bands I wish I could have seen live fifteen years ago, like Jim Marshall’s Not Fade Away but for nineties indie rock. This is a book full of pictures I actually want to see – Liar era Jesus Lizard, Ian Svenonius in all his gloried antics, Modest Mouse covered in tumbleweed in a Taco Bell parking lot on tour for The Lonesome Crowded West.


Graham will be at the Sunset Tavern to promote the book on September 19th at 7:00. The tour includes “guest appearances” from musicians in the book. Frankly, if anyone on the list above were to show up I would be pretty stoked. Silent Pictures is available for sale next Tuesday.

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