The Uses of Literacy
This book is a collaboration between UK artist Jeremy Deller and
fans of the Welsh rock group, The Manic Street Preachers. Soliciting for
contributions via advertisements in the music press, Deller has collected
drawings, paintings, poetry and prose from the young fans. The band has
always emphasized the importance of art and literature as an escape from
the mundane. Referencing Richard Hoggart's seminal study "The Uses
of Literacy," Deller reveals the complex relationship between the
audience and performer and the art and literature that unites a socially
and geographically displaced group of individuals. Designed by Herman
Lelie and Stefania Bonelli, edition of 1500.
Holographic softcover, full colour, 48 pages, 150 x 210 mm, first published
in 1999, reprint 2004.