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Provincial punk iconoclasts turned pan-global maverick legends of
music and art, the Mekons walk tall into their second quarter
century - still impossible to pigeonhole, still kicking against the
pricks, still burrowing feverishly beneath the soft white belly of
the rock beast. Hello Cruel World contains the lyrics to 125 Mekons
songs, many of them illustrated by the band in stunning fashion.
Also included are numerous handwritten drafts of songs (often very
different from the final versions) and a portfolio of candid
pictures of the band on the road by photographer Anne L. Lehman.
Gleeful and despairing, withering and poetic, sexy and poignant,
rollicking and grim, the Mekons' expressive lyrics and art offer
rich insights into the band's collective creative alchemy, fierce
humor, and caustic world view.