Last Thursday night saw iconic East London pub, The Macbeth, play host to the global launch of KR3W’s Rights Refused collaboration with legendary photographer Charles Peterson. Featuring an exclusive photography exhibition, short film launch, and live preformances by UK grunge and garage rock revivalists Puffer, Paws, and Darlia, the evening attracted the best of London's underground music, art and skate communities including Frank Carter former lead singer of Gallows, Palace Skateboards founder Lev Tanju, Illustrator Dan Mumford, Artist Arran Gregory, Musician Loyle Carner, Photographers Ollie Adegboye & Roberta Schmidt, Illustrator Victoria Sin, plus Chewy Cannon & Tom Knox from the KR3W skate team, among the other revellers.
Famed for capturing some of the most influential bands of the 80’s and 90’s, Peterson unlocked his archive to present an extraordinary exhibition of candid imagery upstairs at the recently renovated Macbeth, giving guests a rare insight into the Seattle scene at the birth of grunge. Featuring bands like Nirvana, Mudhoney, and Pearl Jam, guests reminisced about growing up with these bands which was apparent throughout the night.
Some moments captured by Peterson included Kurt's infamous stage dive in Seattle, 1990, and an image of Courtney Love, mid performance, with her head between her legs - famed for covering an entire wall at one of Seattle's famous music venues, The Crocodile. Other candid shots on show featured a young Eddie Vedder, Dave Ghrol, Jon Spencer and Donita Sparks . Set against the raw sounds of Puffer, PAWS and Darlia, the crowd revelled in music history, each band's nostalgic yet unpredictable riffs playing homage to the era Peterson captured.
The photographer once said, “amidst the chaos of a live show, I wanted to find that sense of grace. I wanted people to experience what it was like being there; the sweat, the noise, being pushed against each other”.
When PAWS frontman took to the bar as his stage, precariously swaying over the excited crowd, who charged to the front to witness the spectacle, Peterson's words of grace and chaos seemed to echo once more.
This Spring, KR3W are proud to present the next installment of Rights Refused with the Charles Peterson collaboration. Taking a curatorial approach, Peterson and KR3W selected images that Peterson says "express the energy and excitement of the times". Appearing across a range of tees, wovens, cut & sew, each tell their own story of a moment in time that changed the face of music forever. The KR3W x Charles Peterson collaboration is in store now, available at Parlour, Note, Slam City Skate, Fifty Fifty Store and other select retailers.
The KR3W x Charles Peterson Exhibition is open to the public for a limited time only:
MANCHESTER – 13th February, launch event from 7pm - NOTE: Skate Shop, 61 Thomas Street M4 1NA
LONDON – 19th-21st February (launch event, 19th Feb from 7pm), Parlour Skate Shop, 59 Hackney Road