Live Music & Dead Clubs: A Visual History Through T-Shirts

December 1st marks the opening of SouthPop’s holiday exhibit Live Music and Dead Clubs: a visual history through t-shirts.

Music.  T-shirts. Rock n Roll Images.  A modest article of clothing, the T-shirt, can tell a real story.  Of bands, clubs, musical and artistic performances, political events or what ever happens to be on someone’s mind that shows up in print for all to see.

The 1960s brought a proliferation of t-shirts printed with slogans and when touring bands and performance venues adopted the t-shirt as a merchandise item, there began a phenomena akin to the music poster.  It is possible to trace a part of the music scene simply by displaying the shirts.  These particular t-shirts range in time from the early 1970s to this year.  Shown in this special exhibit are items like the shirt on loan from Freddie Krc from BW Stevenson’s performance during the first season of Austin City Limits. Other t-shirt collectors contributing to the exhibit are George Majewski and Henry Gonzalez.  SouthPop includes shirts from its permanent collection in the show.  Over 130 shirts will be on display with a special tribute to the Austinatious t-shirt printing crew Slow Printing.

The exhibit opens December 1st with a reception that starts at 7:09pm.  Tex Thomas will amaze with musical entertainment.
This exhibit will be on display through December 23rd.

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