Although GWAR was not the first comedic, costumed rock band with unpredictable over-the-top theatrics, they did it funnier and louder, with bigger costumes and crazier theatrics than any band before or since. The band/artistic collective portrays the band members as grotesque and violent warriors from outer space as they satirize our culture’s obsession with sex and violence.
On Saturday, December 5, co-founder Hunter Jackson (Techno Destructo) will be signing “Let There be GWAR” at La Luz de Jesus Gallery from 7-10PM. Hunter Jackson co-founded GWAR with Dave Brockie, who passed away last year, leaving Jackson as the sole surviving original member of the band. “Jackson was the artistic inspiration of the costuming, props, and performance they are best known for,” according to the book summary.
“Let There be GWAR” gives a full overview of the band, from their beginnings at The Dairy building in Richmond, Virginia, through their ever-changing lineup and controversial, blood-soaked performances during the 1990s and 2000s. The 360 page tome tells the band’s story with “photos, band posters, ephemera and interviews, chronicling their 15 albums, comics and video in a blood-stained hardbound luxe book” compiled by Bob Gorman and Roger Gastman. Retail price $59.95