NEW PUBLICATION FROM PRIMITIVO PUB DOCUMENTS THE UK MUSIC SCENE
AND ITS RESPONSE TO BREXIT AND LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS
Brexit directly restricts freedom of movement – therefore directly affecting the livelihood of touring musicians. European tours are crucial for UK artists not only to grow their audience but also because, unlike in the UK, most of the fees are considerably higher there especially in countries like Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and Switzerland.
As Harvey Grant of Kerala Dust states in his interview: “You have to go on tour to then be able to afford living here [in London]”.
The bedroom is undoubtedly the most intimate, personal space of everyone’s lives- it also just so happens to be a common, pivotal backdrop to the conception of some of the world’s most renowned music. - way before the pandemic hit in 2020. With Covid making an entrance when important negotiations were taking place between the UK and the EU, Brexit itself and the general public’s understanding of it became even
more confusing than it already was.
The Design by Sarah Kahn
The book is custom printed in black, on recycled off-white paper with an open sown back, in a nod to the coarseness of the topic.
Each portrait is hidden behind two folded pages, forming a window effect that leads into each subject’s bedroom, where alongside the photograph their thoughts are laid out on paper.
Every book is hand-numbered, hand-embossed and comes in a hand-made sleeve made from upcycled bedsheets.
The book was printed at Calverts in London who in their 80 years of printing have never worked on a design like this, and are handing it in for multiple design awards this year.
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