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Youth Music Destroy Rankin


Posted by Gavin Lucas, 5 November 2009, 16:20    Permalink    Comments (3)

To mark it's 10th anniversary, the UK's largest music charity for young people, Youth Music, has cooked up a project called Destroy / Rankin - in which musicians photographed by Rankin have created new pieces of artwork by essentially 'destroying' one of the photographer's iconic portraits...

Destroy / Rankin has taken two years to pull together and involves over 70 musicians and visual artists including Michael Stipe, UT, Jarvis Cocker, Ian Brown, Fred Deakin, Kylie Minogue, Debbie Harry, Douglas Gordon and also Damien Hirst. Hirst has painted an oil portrait of his late friend Joe Strummer based on Rankin's 1999 photograph:

A book featuring all of the imagery (cover shown, top) plus five specially commissioned essays on the relationship between art and music by some of the Destroy artists and key cultural commentators will also be on sale via the website - here are a selection of spreads from the book which has been designed and art directed by Big Active:

The work will be on show at Phillips De Pury London, for free, between November 9 - 21. Collectors can bid online for the work from November 7, or attend the Open Auction on November 14 to bid for 25 key pieces. There is also a programme of music events running at Phillips De Pury in conjunction with the project - there will be live performances from the likes of Patrick Wolf, Micachu, Josh Wller, Little Boots, The Enemy and more... Full details at

Here is the full list of participants:

Alanis Morisette, Alex James, Alex Zane, All Saints, Anat Ben David by Douglas Gordon, Andre 3000, Basement Jaxx, Belle Humble, Beck, Beth Orton, Billy Bragg, Brakes, Caged Baby, Carl Barat, Charli XCX, Cornershop, David Arnold, Debbie Harry, Dub Pistols, Edith Bowman, Editors, Edwyn Collins, Example, Fightstar, Florence & The Machine, Fran Healy, Fred Deakin, Goldfrapp, Goldie, Hard Fi, Howie B, Ian Brown, Jamelia, Jamie Cullum, Jarvis Cocker, Jo Whiley, Joe Strummer by Damien Hirst, Josh Weller, Joss Stone, Keane, Kitty Daisy & Lewis by Mat Collishaw,  Kronos Quartet, Kylie Minogue , Little Boots, Manic Street Preachers, Marianne Faithful, Melanie C by John Richmond,  Michael Stipe, Natalie Imbruglia, Natasha Bedingfield, Neneh Cherry, Patrick Wolf, Pete & The Pirates, Reverend and the Makers, Roots Manuva, Seal, Shazney Lewis, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Archive, The Enemy, The Feeling, The Hours, The Veils, The View, Tim Burgess, Tricky, U2, Vladimir Ashkenazy

For more details of the Destroy / Rankin project, visit



Fabulous idea! I can say that I now own one of these pieces of artwork which I will proudly display and I am glad to support Youth Music.
Heidi Lee
2009-12-08 14:42:15

Great work...I mean we certainly do need more art that relates to 'being wild and non-subjective' Excellent stuff, Rankin! I'm grateful to have seen it. And, somewhat, I've become very-much inspired!
Mona Kaur - Sethi
2011-05-30 11:56:50

I have got the Cagedbaby/Thomas Gandey print on my wall. It attracts lots of attention & the proceeds went to a great cause.
Alison Smith
2013-10-27 16:12:50

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