Beverly Hills, specifically. On April 1 at the Paley Center for Media (465 N. Beverly Drive), legendary graphic designer Peter Saville will be making a rare U.S. appearance as he participates in a Q&A session with art expert Christopher Mount. The intimate forum affords guests an opportunity to interact with Saville, who was responsible for some of the most iconic album covers in modern rock, including Joy Division’s Closer and New Order’s Power, Corruption and Lies.
In recent years, Saville has worked in fashion and cultural advertising and branding, and is currently the creative director for the city of Manchester, the breeding ground for the bands and musical artists that would form the basis of the popular “Madchester” scene (somewhat summed up in the film 24 Hour Party People).
This should be a very cool event. Charlatans UK singer Tim Burgess is DJing the cocktail reception and limited-edition T-shirt and posters designed by Saville and L.A.-based artist Ramses will be available, based on Saville’s “Use Hearing Protection” designs. A number of prominent musicians and artists are planning to be at the event, and I’m lucky enough to be on the list for the Q&A, reception and after-party. So expect some post-event photos and words, though surely I’ll be Twittering the hell out of this thing.
If you’re in the L.A. area and are interested in attending, you can attempt to RSVP at the Use Hearing Protection website. And if you are going, be sure to look me up.