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Sheila Rock in Conversation…

Punk+ with Rudi Esch

Sunday 11 Nov  |  2.15pm

Sheila Rock came to the UK from America in 1970 and had a series of successful careers: First as a primary documenter of the punk era , then as a successful commercial photographer in advertising and more recently as the author of photographic books featuring works of her own private passions. Sheila always seemed to be at the right place at the right time. In London she felt very early on that something exciting was happening. “There was a different way of thinking and being. It was provocative.” She photographed what was around her and these pictures became pivotal in capturing the powerful cultural impact Punk had on British society in the late seventies.

The Face magazine launched her career, but she also worked for German Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Time Magazine, Rolling Stone and many others. Sheila Rock has published acclaimed books of her photographic collections and has had numerous accompanying exhibitions. A number of her portraits are in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. Sheila lives in London, travels frequently, and always maintained a home in Hawaii. We’re delighted to welcome Sheila to Louder where she’ll present her second major picture book, PUNK + A document of the London punk scene.

Rudi Esch is a german musician who initially started playing in Punk and New Wave bands. He is the bass-player of the Industrial band ‘Die Krupps’, but in the context of Louder, is probably better known as the author of ELECTRI_CITY The Düsseldorf School of Electronic Music, a book that truly encapsulates the Zeitgeist of that music defining era. Fascinated by the early beginnings of Punk and different individual artistic viewpoints on the DIY-movement, Esch has worked with Sheila Rock using some of her images in his latest book ‘Das ist DAF‘. We are truly delighted that this collaboration has led to both Rudi and Sheila joining us at Louder 2018! Back home Rudi is hosting his annual ELECTRI_CITY Conference in Dusseldorf in October, now a European partner festival to Louder Than Words. Rudi studied modern Literature and Philosophy and works as a music consultant in Düsseldorf and London.

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