Underground cartoonist, artist, writer, musician, and amateur magician Savage Pencil has been conjuring up images and making a noise since 1977. Beginning with his “Rock ‘N’ Roll Zoo” strip for 1970s music paper Sounds to his drawing ‘Trip or Squeek” for The Wire magazine, his instantly recognizable, delirious, and demented images have come to define their own form of acerbic graphic critique and satire. Savage Pencil has also designed album covers, T-shirts, posters and other merchandise for bands including Sonic Youth, Big Black, The Fall, Sunn O))), Coil, and Earth, and a host of obscure punk rockers, metal gurus, and noise addicts. As a result, Savage Pencil’s drawings have become intrinsically linked with the sonic ideas that were being transmitted on such records as Sonic Youth’s Death Valley ’69 and Big Black’s Headache.
Savage Pencil is the nom-de-plume of English music journalist Edwin Pouncey.
230 page black and white paperback with color section
Strange Attractor Press, 2020