Join us for a panel discussion and conversation with the creators of the Detroit and Michigan-based fanzines White Noise and Touch and Go. We’ll discuss creating the magazines, their influences, and the impact the punk movement had on their work and lives.
Participants include Paul Zimmerman, Jerry Vile, Tesco Vee, and T.M. Caldwell. The conversation will be moderated by Rob St. Mary.
The event is FREE with gallery admission.
Paul Zimmerman is a Michigan-native and Michigan State University grad who became immersed in the late 1970s Detroit punk scene. The creator of White Noise, Detroit’s first punk scene magazine, Zimmerman also created flyers, album covers, and other ephemera for bands and labels on the Bookie’s Club 870 scene. Zimmerman’s later work includes editorial management of Femme Fatales, Geek Monthly, and Film Threat magazines, to name a few. He lives in Southern California.
Jerry Vile (aka Jerry Person) has been an artist provocateur for more than 40 years with an extensive resume of work ranging from publishing, such as White Noise, Fun, and Orbit magazines, to music in bands such as The Boners and 52 Devil Babies Born with Tails. He has also added events such as the world-renowned annual erotic art exhibition, The Dirty Show, and his own work, which has expanded from painting to sculpture to site installation usually with a sharp, satirical edge.
Tesco Vee has been pushing from the punk underground from almost 40 years. While working as an elementary school teacher in the Lansing area, Vee started Touch and Go as a zine to cover the punk and budding hardcore scene in 1979. As the leader of The Meatmen, he also found serious hardcore audiences willing to laugh. In the early 1980s, Touch and Go also became a record label – giving young bands from the Midwest an opportunity to get their new sounds released. Beyond music, Vee is an avid collector of vintage toys and often hosts collector shows throughout Michigan.
TM Caldwell is a writer, artist, filmmaker, songwriter and creative that has been described as “a master of psychic danger” by Lydia Lunch. With more than 40 years of work, from flyers to album covers to films and books, Caldwell’s visions are often dark and humorous. As a collector, his materials have been featured in numerous gallery shows and has been an invaluable resource for authors and historians.
The conversation accompanies the exhibition, Too Fast Too Live, Too Young To Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986, which is currently on view at Cranbrook Art Museum through October 7, 2018.
Tagged: graphic design, punk