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“[PYLON] stands as shockingly modern and unparalleled these many years later.” -Michael Stipe, R.E.M. “PYLON is still my favorite Athens band, in fact, one of my favorite bands!” -Fred Schneider, The B-52s “All the cool kids are still diggin’ PYLON.” -Hunter S. Jones, Author Who can forget that immortal line from Rolling Stone magazine in […]

Cool. Pylon Reenactment Society (featuring Vanessa Briscoe Hay)

Cool. Pylon Reenactment Society (featuring Vanessa Briscoe Hay)

When people talk about the beginnings of the music scene in Athens, GA the discussion usually begins with The B-52’s and R.E.M. Those who know will continue the list…Pylon. They were every Athens band’s favorite Athens band. Their musical naïveté, southern upbringing, art school smarts, and house-party roots exploded together to create something quite simply […]

MEMORIAL DAY CRESCENDOS #ARA2014

MEMORIAL DAY CRESCENDOS #ARA2014

Art Rocks Athens Crescendos  With Memorial Day Weekend Festival Of Performance And Exhibitions Athens, GA ­ Art Rocks Athens continues its May series of exhibitions with a three day festival beginning Friday, May 23 through Sunday, May 25. The Memorial Day weekend festival has events planned at many notable Athens institutions including the UGA Dance Department, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, the Georgia Museum of Art, the 40 Watt, the Georgia Theatre and the Lyndon House. In the 1970s, the University of Georgia and the town of Athens, Georgia found itself home to a small group of artists who were at the center of a creative artistic explosion. The events and exhibitions of Art Rocks Athens focus on this little known art movement that pre­dates the famous Athens music scene of the late 70s and early 80s which includes the music of the B­52’s, Pylon, Love Tractor, The Method Actors and R.E.M. Many of the musicians who later formed famous bands were participants in this colorful, fun and sometimes outlandish art scene unique to Athens, Georgia. From the mid 1970s to the early 1980s, students at the UGA Art School began to foster a distinctly unique approach to creative expression. A few professors who encouraged cutting edge thinking and outside the box creativity found themselves sometimes butting heads with a more conservative administration. One such instructor Robert Croker has returned to Athens to curate the flagship fine arts show of the Festival, Between Rock And An Art Place, opening at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 23 at UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art. Friday’s events continue with music at 9 p.m. at the 40 Watt including performances by Is/Ought Gap, Vanessa Hay of Pylon and the B­53’s, with other artists to be announced. The Georgia Museum of Art has curated Shapes That Talk To Me to coincide with the Memorial Day weekend events of Art Rocks Athens. The museum galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Saturday events continue at UGA New Dance Theatre from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with an opening reception displaying the dance photography of the late L. David Dwinell, and a 7:00 p.m. curtain call for Clear The Floor, a retrospective dance concert, directed by Peggy Thrasher Law, featuring choreography by independent Athens artists, former students and faculty members of the UGA Dance Department. Later Saturday evening, music at the Georgia Theatre includes a star­studded line­up of favorite and seldom seen Athens bands. Performers include Ola Moon (featuring Cindy Wilson and Dana Downs), Army Wellford & Friends, Oh­OK, Squalls, David Barbe and special surprises. You can sleep in on Sunday because the opening of #ARA2014’s graphics arts exhibition, Paper Covers Rock, starts at 3 p.m at the historic Lyndon House Arts Center. This exhibition features fliers, album art, posters and the necessary street graphics of all kinds that were required to get word out about the rapidly expanding music scene of Athens between 1975 and 1985. Join other musicians for an informal jam session on the porch overlooking the backyard of the Lyndon House. Everything begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 25. An ongoing exhibition at UGA Special Collections libraries, ARTifacts Rock Athens includes a treasure trove of Athens rock memorabilia including guitars owned by the late Ricky Wilson of the B­52’s, artifacts from celebrated Athens poet and writer John Seawright, founding R.E.M. member Bill Berry’s drum kit and the band Pylon’s original pylon. Also, look for an original paining by […]

What Do You Have In Common With Pylon, Kate Pierson’s Dress and Bill Berry’s Original R.E.M. Drum Kit?

What Do You Have In Common With Pylon, Kate Pierson’s Dress and Bill Berry’s Original R.E.M. Drum Kit?

Probably nothing. However want to know how you can share something with them and for everyone? The following  images are just beginning to be shared.  These are just a few of  the artifacts from the upcoming Art Rocks Athens GA event in May 2014. How can you become part of this event? You can start […]

Pylon Uber COOL #ARA2014

Pylon Uber COOL #ARA2014

Original Ann States Prints Donated From Archive Of Artist To ARA2014 Kickstarter The photographer famous for the back cover to The B-52’s Rock Lobster single has generously donated original prints (prints made at the time) to the Art Rocks Athens Kickstarter. These three gems include a portrait of band Oh-OK, Keith Strickland of The B-52’s […]

The ATL & The ATH by Hunter S. Jones

The ATL & The ATH by Hunter S. Jones

Recently the members of Supercluster -one of the most creative bands to come out of Athens, GA took some time from their busy schedules to connect with me. Supercluster is a super project of Vanessa Briscoe Hay, one of the founding members of the iconic alternative group, Pylon, and Hannah Jones, The New Sound of […]

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