I met Garage Band legend Billy Childish the other week at an anti-Brexit street event. Billy headed Medway Garage Bands TV21, The Pop Rivets and Thee Milkshakes. Billy was famously involved with artist Tracy Emin for many years and turned down Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.
Billy has a self portrait in Rochester which was recently “abused” by Brexit supporters, who wrote “Brexit is Childish” in blood on the picture. He claims that the attack on the painting has improved it. In any case, it gave us the chance to discuss Brexit which Billy considers a mistake. We’ll never know if Childish mutilated the painting himself. This is the artist’s privilege. That said, it would have been incredibly hard to mutilate the painting without a very long ladder …
I used to play alongside these bands with my own pop art punk bands in the 1980’s. To compete with the surf music style, we employed a spin dryer to help us in our “pop art” 🙂
Here is some of Billy’s Garage Band music: