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Raeghan Buchanan: A Conversation on 'The Secret History of Black Punk: Record Zero' and Her Artistic Journey S9E16

Raeghan Buchanan: A Conversation on 'The Secret History of Black Punk: Record Zero' and Her Artistic Journey

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In this episode, host Rob Lee welcomes Raeghan, a talented artist who delves into the history of black punk rock through her comics. They discuss Raeghan's artistic journey, the inspiration behind her work, and the importance of representation in the music scene. 🎨🎸

Episode Highlights:

  • Raeghan's early influences and passion for drawing - 00:00:10
  • The inspiration behind "The Secret History of Black Punk" comics - 00:00:31
  • Raeghan's experience growing up and discovering her love for art, music, and comics - 00:03:04
  • The significance of highlighting black punk bands in Raeghan's work - 00:14:01
  • The process of researching and building out the comic series - 00:17:24
  • The impact of Raeghan's work on the community and representation in the arts - 00:42:25

Key Takeaways:
  • Community support in creativity is vital for growth and collaboration. 🌱🀝
  • Recognition of challenges faced by Black women in the arts is crucial. πŸ‘©πŸΏβ€πŸŽ¨
  • Uncovering hidden narratives, like Black contributions to music, promotes inclusivity. πŸŽΆπŸ“š

Social Media Links:

πŸŽ™οΈπŸŒŸVisit Raeghan's website and social media to explore more of her artwork and comics. Don't forget to rate and review this episode and consider supporting the podcast on Patreon. πŸŒŸπŸŽ™οΈ

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Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.

Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.

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Creators and Guests

Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Raeghan Buchanan
Raeghan Buchanan
Buchanan uses traditional drawing tools - pen, brushes, sumi ink, and vellum paper - to illustrate stylistically proto-cubist images of important figures in Black history; creating starkly lit, highly modeled portraiture with embellishments of anxiously detailed and decoratively weaved textures. She draws the ancestors to help keep them visible and to honor a shared cultural heritage, as well as to build community with other artists in the diaspora, often using illustrations as counterparts to augment true historical texts about obscured or flattened Black history. Buchanan makes comics highlighting rock β€˜n’ roll musical roots in Black culture and focuses specifically on the punk rock aspects of that canon. She gets artistic influence from early punk aesthetic and the political/art movements it drew from, and uses the DIY vehicles associated with punk, such as sloganeering, merchandise, and zines to proliferate information. She created and co-runs @POCtoberArt online, an instagallery that goes live during October and calls for artist participation in drawing Black and POC punk bands, as well as funk and rock musicians, in order to document, practice drawing skills, and create a visual dialog between artists and bands.


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