Future event —

WEDF and Rough Trade Books present They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening

Stemming from a record label, Rough Trade Books like a good party and we’re hosting one in Bristol this November!

Craig Oldham (Office of Craig and Rough Trade Books) will be joining us as we mark the launch of his latest project — They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening. Paying homage to the counterculture classic, the book is a visual celebration of one of the 80’s most revered cult films and is designed as a perfect replica from the film’s iconic newsstand scene. Politics, art, music, comics, typography, literature, philosophy, and of course, film. They Live touches on topics that are as relevant now as they were then, with leading cultural figures exploring and examining the film’s influence and impact, especially on a creative community that are growing increasingly activist.

Enjoy first hand a design deconstruct of the film and the design references within, and hear how Craig explored the key visual influences to turn the film into a book. 

There’s a Q&A and book signing too, plus another inspiring WEDF warm-up act – if you’d like this to be you then get in touch.

We’re arranging a screening of the film nearer the time and we’ll be inviting people to host and share their own film screening events too – get involved and be part of what is shaping up to be a great event!

Rough Trade Books

Rough Trade was built to be different. A record label and shop that actively sought to establish a sense of community and co-operation, with old models of wealth accumulation and the exploitative market economics of the past’s interactions between corporations and artists being firmly rejected. Rough Trade shaped the next 40 years of independent music culture by insisting that a DIY sensibility (inspired by the Beats, by punk, by reggae sound system culture, and a democratic socialist political ethos) could be a viable alternative to the tyranny of the market.

The first Rough Trade record deals were fifty-fifty splits, creating relationships between artists and label that were based on fairness and transparency. They gave a platform to the often-marginalised voices in our culture. Rough Trade Books aims to have a similar impact in publishing: a house that views its books as something far more than just a commodity, and which treats each work with the respect it deserves in its own time, not just as an artefact with a potential market.

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