There is a (in my opinion) brilliant programme on TV at the moment called "How To Be a Bohemian", presented by Victoria Coren Mitchell. The last episode is tonight and apparently, after tackling the "original" Bohemians (my personal favourites Aubrey Beardsley, William Morris, Oscar Wilde and the Pre-Raphaelites) and their post-WW1 "heirs" (like the Bloomsbury group and the controversial Eric Gill), Ms Coren Mitchell will be wondering whether hispters are the modern version of Bohemians.
I don't know about you, but I think she is making a mistake here: she is looking at the most obvious, in-your-face, and ultimately, fake version of the Bohemians (but have they ever been real anyway?).
I really do believe that she should be looking at alternative cultures in order to find what she is looking for. I have a whole list of people I would say are GENUINE Bohemians - if you define them as artistically-minded, uncompromising, curious, adventurous, creative people who question the status quo, reject conventions and accepted versions of what your journey through life should be like.
Jaz Coleman is one of those people: thinker, writer, traveller, nomad, occultist, in-demand classical music composer, founder and frontman of legendary post-punk band Killing Joke, Coleman is the epitome of the Renaissance Man, always searching for new things to learn, always questioning; he lives his life as a free man and is a fierce defender of the importance of culture and the arts in education. It was a real privilege to be sitting in the venue with him sharing his thoughts and experiences in such a simple and generous way.
For more pictures and more details about the electrifying lecture Jaz gave at St Pancras Old Church, read MATT ARTPIX'S BLOG;
You can catch Jaz on his spoken word tour on those dates:
Sun, July 19 – Southwold UK @ Latitude Festival
Tues, July 21 – Brooklyn NY @ St Vitus
Wed, July 22 – Cambridge MA @ The Middle East
Fri, July 24 – Baltimore MD @ Metro Gallery
Sat, July 25 – Cleveland OH @ Agora Ballroom
Sun, July 26 – Chicago IL @ Empty Bottle
Mon, July 27 – San Diego CA @ The Casbah
Wed, July 29 – Los Angeles CA @ The Regent Theater
Thu, July 30 – San Francisco CA @ The Chapel
Sat, Aug 1 – Seattle WA @ The Funhouse (El Corazon Lounge)
Sun, Aug 2 – Portland OR @ Dante’s
Killing Joke are touring this autumn! Unfortunately, I will be on my writing residency in Dorset and won't be able to go, so Matt ArtPix will enjoy himself for two at the London gig!
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