This beautiful, bold screen print was created for Pete’s Great Moments in Popular Music exhibition in 2011. The show was exhibited at the Snap Galleries, located in London at the time. For the show Pete created three different limited edition prints, all from runs of 75. These prints were: The Beatles Get a Haircut, The Weekenders and Pub Rocked.
This striking image symbolically references individuals who start playing in a band at a young age. When chasing your musical dreams you inevitably have to start out small, which usually means playing in pubs. Your dressing room may be a toilet and your stage is located in a back room, but you play these gigs with all your heart and soul, as if you were at Wembley. The person in this image has played so hard that in the process of ‘rocking the pub’ they have played until their fingers bleed. This splash of bright colour draws focus on the most important detail of the work. The character’s bleeding fingers also reference other great musicians, such as Pete Townshend, who played so intensely that he would cut his hands on his guitar strings.
The title of this work also references the ‘pub rock’ music genre that developed in the UK during the early 1970s, which rejected progressive and glam rock that was costly to record and considered flashy. The pub rock movement associated itself with independent labels and was a precursor to the British punk rock scene. The Jam, who although are not directly associated with this movement, formed around the same time this genre did. Pete references this band by dressing his character in a style they are famous for.
• Signed, numbered and titled by Pete McKee
• Unframed: 50cm x 70cm
• Framed: 55cm x 75cm (approx.)