On The Table Read, “the best book magazine in the UK“, artist and lecturer Sean Bw Parker shares his thoughts in States Of Independence, from the post-Victorian aesthetic philosophies of Oscar Wilde to the catch all genre of Art Rock and everything in between.
A stand-out read for all fans of the arts and their cultural implications, States of Independence is an impactful bringing together of how visual and musical artists have shaped the here and now of the twentieth century.
Sean Bw Parker
With a passion and expertise around his subject oozing from each page, the author (who is a writer, artist and lecturer in art and justice reform) provides a philosophical and forensic overview of the role icons including Brian Eno, The Beatles and Bob Dylan have played, and leaves the reader with a deeper appreciation of their legacy.
An exceptional read from an intriguing mind, States of Independence bears all the hallmarks of becoming a definitive piece of work on the music and art that has subliminally or otherwise influenced the consciousness of us all.
States Of Independence
Leading on from the post-Victorian aesthetic philosophies of Oscar Wilde and the irreverent cerebral proto-conceptualism of Marcel Duchamp, Pop Art as popularised by Andy Warhol and his contemporaries democratised visual art in the post-war clean-up of the mid-twentieth century.
Bob Dylan and The Beatles plucked this diaphanous baton from the ether and in time handed over to the likes of Roxy Music and Talking Heads as the music industry balkanised into easily marketable genres; anything not so easily categorised could tend to become known as Art Rock.
States of Independence traces the spirit connecting a myriad different artists, whether on ‘independent’ record labels or not, highlighting their most memorable or culturally impactful moments and place in the contemporary cultural context.
About Sean Bw Parker
Sean Bw Parker (MA) is a lecturer in art and justice reform, born in Exeter in 1975. He lived in Istanbul for ten years where he gave TEDx talk ‘Stammering and Creativity’ at Kadir-Has University in 2013, and also lectured at Istanbul University.
He has published several books, poems and albums, won five Koestler Arts awards (including a platinum for his play ‘The Wolfstadt-Wire’, 2020) and won a Perrie Lectures essay award. He has been published by the T.S. Eliot Foundation, Time Out Istanbul, Louder Than War, FACTion magazine, appeared at the Brighton Science Festival and Catalyst Club, Bristol BIMM, and on NTV Turkey and BBC Radio Wales.
He has interviewed Julie Burchill, Ed Harcourt, Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses) and Ian Broudie among others, hosted shows by The Members and Eat Static at his Seafish music and arts venue on the UK south coast in 2016, and was interviewed for a Sky Arts William Blake documentary in the same year. He curated the Chi-Signs, Blakefest and Wildefest mini-festivals between 2015 and 2017, and has performed at many more.
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Published by Seraglio Point Productions, States of Independence: From Pop Art to Art Rock and Beyond is available in hardcover (£10.90) and paperback (£7.90) on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3Irth1A and https://amzn.to/3nLiKED
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