Sunday, 29 March 2009

Los Smiths


In 2001 the artist William E. Jones saw an advertisement for London Is Dead, a club exclusively playing music by The Smiths and Morrissey once a month in Los Angeles. He went to the club, and discovered a predominantly Latino fan culture devoted to the band, which he documented in a film and series of photographs: Is It Really So Strange? Here is a small selection, with many more available to view here.

A book documenting the project was published by the David Kordansky Gallery in 2006, and is available from Donlon Books. Like Jones says, it is interesting to look at the connections between The Smiths' working class, Manchester-raised ethnic Irish experience and that of the sons and daughters of Latino immigrants, but also to like, just compare the quiffs...


Who said The Smiths only appeal to potato-faced Tories, chanting "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" as they neck vintage Dom Pérignon at another Bullingdon Club dinner...

2 comments:

Graham Ward said...

Dear Phoebe- you must have come across the movie made by a gay director based in L.A> about this phenomenon of Latino and Mexican fans of Morrissey; it's fantastic. I presume also, looking at your recent post, you have seen 'The Nomi Song'?

Phoebe said...

I haven't seen The Nomi Song yet, but I hope to very soon! x Ph.