The extraordinary guitarist for The Clash, Mick Jones, brings his personal collection of rock and roll memorabilia that he has amassed since his childhood and throughout his amazing music career, and displays it to the public for the first time as The Rock And Roll Public Library at the 56th Venice Biennale. To accompany his massive four room display he will also release a new six song album that he recorded earlier this year in his West London studio, called Ex Libris, which will be released on vinyl May 18th and is available right now to stream on Soundcloud.
The installation explores the notion of archive as art, and is nothing short of impressive as it displays over 40 years of comics, cartoons, American icons gracing the covers of Time Magazine, newspaper clippings, music magazines, punk fanzines, trashy pulp fictions, record covers, and posters, all collected by the iconic musician and producer, Mick Jones. The Rock And Roll Public Library is open Tuesday through Sunday 10:00-18:00 and will be on display until November 22nd. It is situated at Instituto Santa Maria Della Pieta, Venice, which is a short walk from the Arsenale venue for the Biennale and next to the Hotel Metropole.
As visitors walk through the amazing collection they are left with a greater enlightenment of British music history told through the eyes and experiences of Mick Jones. “It’s a personal, cultural and social history of our times” says Jones, “and through that it extends beyond the local to the global.” Curated collectively by Jones himself, James Putnam, and Lauren Jones, the exhibit represents only a fraction of Mick Jones’ full archive, which is pretty unbelievable considering the amount of items that are displayed.
The album evokes a simplistic approach to the songwriting with easy going twist and turns that give the album a great upbeat flow making it a perfect album to listen to on vinyl. Each song has a unique flavour which gives the listener a sense of the eclectic styles of music Mick has worked on and produced over the years.
The album Ex Libris by Mick Jones will accompany the amazing archive display at The Rock And Roll Public Library at Venice Biennale until November 22nd so come check it out or purchase the album through The Vinyl Factory website.