Jackson Pollock: The Musical – Book Launch

Although based in Manchester, Roger works at FACT in Liverpool.

BOOK LAUNCH

JACKSON POLLOCK: THE MUSICAL by Roger McKinley

Thursday 5th April 2007, 6 – 8pm

Venue: Castlefield Gallery, 2 Hewitt Street, Manchester. M15 4GB.
T: 0161 832 8034 E: events@castlefieldgallery.co.uk
FREE ADMISSION – REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED – NO BOOKING REQUIRED
The gallery is fully accessible

Castlefield Gallery is pleased to host the launch of a new libretto by artist and writer Roger McKinley which follows the life of Jackson Pollock inspired by the Greek myth of Prometheus.

“Jackson Pollock – driven genius, misunderstood drunk, the most influential, elusive and provocative artist of the modern world? The book is a tragi-comic, imaginary musical journey to discover the nature of the greatest American painter of the 20th Century, his death by car crash and his continuation in the Underworld. With eighteen original songs ranging through traditional spiritual, folk, bebop, swing, music hall, free jazz, concrete and early electronic/experimental audio.

I was motivated by the idea that here was an opportunity to square up a perfect modernist hero with the musical form. A way to ring the bell on ‘high-brow’ and ‘low-brow’ cultural signifiers and have them slug it out.

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