Homotopia Festival Liverpool ft Poly Styrene and Jon Savage exhibitions…

Liverpool’s Homotopia Festival 2013 is hosting a couple of events that certainly appeal to Louder Than War’s punk sensibilities;

England’s Erotic Dream – An Exhibition
Germ Free Adolescents – An Exhibition

Between Wednesday 30th October and Monday 25th November ‘England’s Erotic Dream’ and the ‘Germ Free Adolescents’ Exhibitions will take place in Liverpool, the exhibitions are part of the cities annual Homotopia Festival.

Homotopia; Liverpool’s annual festival of queer culture is celebrating its 10th Birthday – to mark the event organisers have commissioned a mixture of 10 premiers, exclusives and treats to celebrate 10yrs.

Germ Free Adolescents – An Exhibition – Having partnered with Liverpool John Moores University Special Collections & Archives an exhibition is set to open that documents the life and music of the iconic Poly Styrene (Marion Elliot Said) the front woman of X-Ray Spex; a revolutionary musical and cultural figure and a recognised inspiration to a generation of young women.

The exhibition gathers and displays rare and original artefacts donated to LJMU by former X-Ray Spex Manager Falcon Stuart.

England’s Erotic Dream – An Exhibition – Once again partnering with LJMU to present the Jon Savage Archive, the exhibition focuses a queer gaze on London’s early punk scene. A transgressive and defiant attitude to gender and sexuality is flaunted and celebrated in a collection of images including Siouxsie Sioux, Billy Idol, the Bromley Comntingent, the Clash and many more.

Both exhibitions are to be housed in pop-up galleries with the Met Quarter arcade.

England’s Erotic Dream & Germ Free Adolescents
30th Oct – 25th November
Tues – Sat, 11am – 5pm
Closed Monday & Sunday
Free admission

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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