25 January 2011

Driven genius, misunderstood drunk, the most influential, elusive and provocative artist of the modern world?

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A tragi-comic, imaginary musical journey to discover the nature of the greatest American painter of the 20th Century, his death by car crash and his continuation in the Underworld.

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Jackson Pollock the Musical is a libretto for a musical based on the life and times of this Abstract Expressionist painter. Married to this story is the Greek myth of Prometheus, a powerful metaphor for the human condition and Jackson Pollock in particular.

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With eighteen original songs ranging through traditional spiritual, folk, bebop, swing, music hall, free jazz, concrete and early electronic/experimental audio.

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"I have always found Jackson Pollock the most interesting abstract expressionist and a drunken and tragic figure, and I hope this book has a deserved success." - George Melly

Winner of the Urbis Best of Manchester Awards 2007, Visual Arts category.

Available in the FACT Shop and online.