The look of a movement is as important as its sound – and sometimes even more important. The visual informs the auditory – punk thrived on the same three chords that built early rock ‘n’ roll, but those chords were strained through a very different aesthetic. It’s the art and aesthetics of underground movements that will be explored in an event at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Hosted by the broadcaster, writer and former Haçienda DJ Dave Haslam, this freewheeling discussion covers psychedelia, underground comix, anti-war propaganda, black power literature, punk sleeve art and Peter Saville’s Factory designs. In conversation with Haslam are the authors of a new book The Graphic Art of The Underground: A Countercultural History, Ian Lowey and Suzy Prince – who were also the co-publishers of the now sadly defunct counterculture magazine Nude. The accompanying book will be available to purchase after the talk, a lush Bloomsbury volume filled with glorious illustrations and expanding on what should prove to be an illuminating discussion between three titans of the counterculture scene.

Mon 27 Oct, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, M1 5BY, 6pm (doors) 6.30pm (start), £4,

Mon 27 Oct
Jon Whiteley
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Fri 24 Oct 2014