We’re celebrating the SS14 #OutsidersIssue of Dazed with a Jamie Bochert Day – our enigmatic cover star, shot by Willy Vanderperre. In the spirit of the issue, Jamie reveals what it means to be an outsider, offering exclusively curated playlists and selecting her own band of outsiders. Check back throughout the day for more.
JAMIE'S BAND OF OUTSIDERS
The elusive PJ Harvey is renowned for her success in an industry otherwise dominated by men, making her the perfect outsider candidate. Her raw lyrics surrounding gender roles and the power struggle within sex all help project this against-the-grain image.
The Romantics remain some of the most celebrated outsiders in history and Victor Hugo, writer of Les Miserables, is the archetypal outlander. A traditional Catholic royalist, turned staunch anti-clerical republican, Hugo was exiled by Napoleon III after openly calling him a traitor of France. He became a literal outsider, physically removed from society altogether.
Violinist child prodigy Clara Rockmore developed severe bone problems in her teens, meaning she could no longer play in the conventional sense. Her condition led her to become the most acclaimed theremin (an instrument controlled without physical contact) player the world has ever seen whilst her classical background meant she had absolute pitch and music control.
The living emblem of 60s racial contradictions, Jimi Hendrix refused to allow his music be defined by his black heritage. Moving away from the preconceived idea that black artists could only perform jazz and R&B he was a musical anomaly, who later became one of the most successful rock musicians in history.
“The beginning and end of all music,” reads Junior Kimbrough’s gravestone. Kimbrough was the most important blues guitarist of the 90s, having reimagined the genre. He embraced the concept of the outsider, living entirely against the grain – his first album wasn’t released until 1992 when he was 62, and he died leaving 36 children.
Arguably the most revered and iconic artist of the early 20th century Surrealist movement, Salvador Dalí thrived on his outsider status. Despite painting, writing, sculpting and directing films it was his personal life that caught the public’s imagination. He was dubbed the “master of the outrageous” and remains a hugely eccentric force in art history.