Intergalactic Bowie Day
In the never ending quest to merge musical and visual art forms, KEXP: Seattle's listener powered radio station, Northwest Polite Society: a regional media and marketing firm, and Independence Printage: a visual arts curator and organizer; teamed up to present Intergalactic Bowie Day on January 8th, 2016 in celebration of Bowie's 69th birthday, and the release of his 25th studio album Blackstar.
David Bowie was a musical innovator and icon that transcended borders of all kinds. Challenging gender rolls, genres, established trends and the status quo both musically and personally. He has written and performed some of the most groundbreaking music of the 20th century. His passion for music, art, fashion and theatre has fueled a career that’s influenced numerous generations and captivated the world.
To create the perfect mix of music and art, KEXP DJ’s John Richards, Cheryl Waters, and Kevin Cole only played music by, influenced or inspired by, or other's versions of David Bowie's songs throughout the day. Playing selections from every era of Bowie’s remarkable career, including rare recordings, live performances, collaborations, productions, music from artists that inspired Bowie, artists he inspired, and the contextual curation that KEXP has become so well known for.
In addition, Independence Printage curated a group of 14 Seattle artists to create visual works based on Bowie’s music and persona. The art will was installed throughout the city January 4-8, 2016.
Starman Lost, 2016; Eric Carnell, Independence Printage, 18x24 Screen Print
Diamond Dogs, 2016; Alex Pascual, 12x18 Screen Print
Can You Hear Me Major Tom? ....Nevermind, 2016; Barry Blankenship, 16x20 Screen Print
When You're A Boy, 2016; Chris Rollins, 24x18 Screen Print
Show Poster, 2016; Dan Shafer, 18x24 Screen Print
Untitled, 2016; David Gallo, Weapons of Mass Design 18x24 Screen Print
Untitled, 2016; Derek Erdman, 11x17 Digital Print
Hang Him on My Wall, 2016; Eric Carnell, Independence Printage, 18x24 Screen Print
Feelin' Tragic, 2016; John Crisitcello, 11x17 Digital Print
Untitled, 2016; Hon Jorn, 18x15 Screen Print
Untitled, 2016; Kelsey Gallo, TheMrsRooster 18x24 Screen Print
Under the Influence, 2016; Mike Klay, Powerslide Design Co. 18x24 Screen Print
Labyrinth, 2016; Mike Grigg & Wayne "Chip" Baker, Rangotang, 11x17 Digital Print
Untitled, 2016; Shawn Wolfe, Gross National Products, 18x24 Screen Print
Untitled, 2016; Tory Franklin, 18x24 Screen Print
International Clash Day
On February 7th, 2017 the world banded together to celebrate the music and message of The Clash by observing the fifth annual International Clash Day. KEXP in Seattle, WA, along with over 20 radio stations from across the United States, joined stations from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.K. to honor The Clash with twelve hours of the music that inspired the band, and in turn they inspired, and how protest was central to their message of hope and change.
“The message of The Clash, so influenced by the international sounds they grew up with, is both powerful and uplifting especially now in this time of struggle,” said KEXP Morning Show host and International Clash Day originator John Richards.
Mayors and distinguished officials from the cities of Austin, Ithaca (NY), Kent (OH), San Francisco, Seattle, Tucson, Vancouver B.C. (Canada), Bridgwater (UK) and Washington D.C. alongside the governor of the State of Washington all proclaimed February 7th as International Clash Day. These local governments all chose to celebrate The Clash and the message behind their music and their contributions to our cultural fabric.
The legacy of Joe Strummer and The Clash continues to be honored by the work of The Joe Strummer Foundation, which gives opportunities to musicians and support to projects around the world that create empowerment through music.
"Now, more than ever, we need to stand united and not be divided. It’s for this reason that we support International Clash Day,” said Steve Mullen of the Joe Strummer Foundation. “Anyone with a modicum of humanity can appreciate The Clash and the impact they had on the world.” During the late 70s and early 80s they definitely earned the slogan ‘The Only Band That Matters’. Back then, political and social differences were being pushed to the extreme. And now the same is happening in many parts of the world, except this time we have social media to amplify & confuse the truth. International Clash Day ensures new generations are aware that the band, through Joe’s snarling lyrics, called out the conspirators and united the people to stand up and be counted. As Joe Strummer once said: ‘Without people, you’re nothing’ and never a true enough phrase has been spoken."
Click here to view an interactive map of International Clash Day celebrations and government proclamations from around the world
The International Clash Day, 2017; Barry Blankenship, 18x24 Screen Print
Cop Car Windshield, 2017; Barry Blankenship, 18x24 Screen Print
Look Alive, 2017; Alex Fry, 18x24 Screen Print
Know Your RIghts, 2017; Jay Bryant, 18x24 Screen Print
Jacket Together, 2017; MacKenzie Baker, 18x24 Screen Print
Police and Thieves, 2017; Mike Grigg & Chip Baker, Rangotang, 18x24 Screen Print
When the Sevens Clash, 2017; Eric Carnell, Independence Printage, 18x24 Screen Print
The Only Band That Mattered, 2017; Kelsey Gallo, 18x24 Screen Print