This weekend saw the launch of Pete’s latest exhibition ‘Thud, Crackle, Pop’ held at 37 Kingsway in London. The exhibition space was transformed into a record store where visitors flicked through the racks to find new, old and rare McKee work all printed in LP format.
The exhibition was held for two days only, 23 - 24 May. Most of the work had sold out by the time the doors closed on Saturday evening.
Pete said this about the show:
“I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the launch of my latest exhibition Thud, Crackle, Pop. I had a great time in London and the warmth with which the work was received was fantastic.
As always I tried to do something a little bit different for the show and one of those aspects is to take the show on tour to different cities. I shall try and add to and develop the show so no two visiting experiences are the same.
Once again thank you to all who attended the exhibition over the two days, some of you travelling many miles and not just from my beloved Sheffield which had a little London take over with the Arctic Monkeys playing Finsbury Park. It’s a good job Wednesday or United weren’t in the play offs as well or there wouldn’t have been anyone left in Sheffield!
I hope to see you at another venue one day soon as the tour continues.”
All the best, Pete x”
Thud, Crackle, Pop is now open at 37 Kingsway. Last night was brilliant, so a big thank you to everyone that came down. We are open 10am-5pm, today and tomorrow only.
Thud, Crackle, Pop. Opening tomorrow at 37 Kingsway, London.
Only 2 days to go until the launch of Thud, Crackle, Pop. Be sure to pick up your free copy of the Vinyl Press at the exhibition, featuring - an interview with Vicky McClure, Tim Burgess reviewing some art, Flashback Records and Paul Smith and Noel Gallagher sharing their all time top ten albums.
In honour of Thud, Crackle, Pop, Pete has done a mural in Shoreditch, London. Featuring a guilty-looking Frank and some unfortunately chewed vinyl, the mural can be found at New North Place, Shoreditch, London, EC2A.
Sir Paul Smith is one of Britain’s most eminent and celebrated fashion designers. His label is synonymous with classic tailoring, simple cuts and high-quality garments and has stores all over the world, from Tokyo to New York to London. His designs encompass a truly British aesthetic - humorous and eccentric - and this ethos is demonstrated in everything from a striped suit lining to the bright pink Melrose Avenue storefront in LA. Alongside fashion Sir Paul has a keen interest in music and the arts, and his stores and office spaces are filled with antique and contemporary art, exhibitions and installations. He spoke to Pete McKee about Bowie and The White Album.
Which album made you change your wardrobe and hair style?
If any did at all, it would have been David Bowie!
You are alone on Mars and have the entire works of David Bowie with you. What other artist’s back catalogue would you choose to keep you company through those long martian winters?
It would probably be something by Neil Young…..
Do you have a favourite record shop?
I love to visit Rough trade on Talbot Road, London (just off Portobello Road) and when I am in Nottingham I always try to go to the Music Exchange
What’s the greatest double album ever made?
The Beatles, White Album
Do you have a favourite record sleeve? Mine is The Velvet Underground and Nico, Banana cover.
Again, The Beatles White Album for its confidence, bravery and simplicity !
One of the great joys of vinyl collecting is the thrill of the find - finding a rare gem amongst the racks, or the album you’ve been searching for your whole life. Pete McKee wants to recreate that special moment at Thud, Crackle, Pop and so is releasing some limited edition signed artist proofs from exhibitions past, available exclusively at the show. Prints from Pete’s work with This Is England, Oasis, and Family Guy are amongst the rarities. Only one of each print will be available, so get digging and see what you can find at Thud, Crackle, Pop.
Pete McKee is pleased to announce his latest exhibition, ‘Thud, Crackle, Pop’. A pop-up exhibition for vinyl lovers, the event will be held over two days in May at 37 Kingsway, London - Pete’s first show in the City in almost four years.
In a gallery space reimagined as a record store, Pete invites you to look through the new works as you would ‘digging’ through the racks, searching for that elusive LP.
Pete McKee had the pleasure of commissioning a poem from Ralph Dartford, who works for the Arts Council England as well as being a prolific poet and self-confessed post-modern disco king. The poem, performed by Ralph and accompanied by musical maestros The Housekeeping Society, will be available to hear in our specially designed listening booth at Thud, Crackle, Pop.
Pete McKee is pleased to announce that he has teamed up with Partizan Brewery to create this special souvenir ale for the exhibition. A pale ale with lemongrass and lychee, the beer will be given out with every purchase at Thud, Crackle, Pop on 23 / 24 May.