101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die – Ricardo Cavolo


Words by Bossman75

Our friends over at Atomica Gallery have announced a brand new solo exhibition titled ‘101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die’ by Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo. The exhibition will showcase all 101 original artworks from the book of the same name and will run from 23rd April to 9th May at Atomica Gallery in Soho, London. The Spanish born, Brighton based, artist Ricardo Cavolo has worked with a range of agencies and brands such as Y&R, Leo Burnett, Converse, Nike and Urban Outfitters.

‘101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die’ offers a charming personal journey through music history. A die-hard music lover, Cavolo has painstakingly picked his 101 essential icons and expressed his adoration in the best way he knows how: creating beautifully illustrated hand-drawn portraits, accompanied by his own musings and hilarious anecdotes. Leaving few genres uncovered, current superstars Diplo and Kayne West play an equally integral part as much-loved legends Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry. Cavolo has also paid homage to plenty of unexpected surprises and underrated obscurities. There is an artists for everyone in this collection, my favourites being Cypress Hill, The Prodigy, The Beastie Boys and Wu-Tang Clan. With payday looming I’ve got a decision to make on which, if still available, I should grab.

“I did want to bring together 101 musicians and bands which, throughout my life and still today, have helped me in some way. We enjoy music, but we also use it. And this is what I want to show: what each artist gives me; the situations in which I listen to one or to another; how this group or that helps me to resolve problems. Yes, my musical diary.” Ricardo Cavolo

All 101 portraits featured in the exhibition will be made into small runs of limited edition prints exclusive to Atomica Gallery and signed & numbered by Ricardo Cavolo. They will be available to purchase (along with the book) on a first-come, first-served basis from the opening night at Atomica Gallery and will also be available to purchase online from Monday 27th April. For more info and pictures head over to the Atomica Gallery site HERE.

Full list of artists featured in ‘101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die’ (in the order in which they appear in the book): J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson, The Carter Family, Django Reinhardt, Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Son House, Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Jacques Brel, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash (I), Dolly Parton, Buddy Holly, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Chuck Berry, Link Wray, Frank Sinatra, The Crystals, Dion & The Belmonts, The Belairs, Bob Dylan, Roscoe Holcomb, The Sonics, Los Saicos, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jacqueline Taïeb, The Beach Boys, The Zombies, The Kinks, The Animals, The Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop, The Cramps, The Ramones, Motörhead, The Sex Pistols, Black Flag, Bad Religion, Daniel Johnston, Madness, The Fuzztones, Mano Negra, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Sepultura, Nirvana, Lagwagon, Goran Bregović, Notorious B.I.G., Cypress Hill, Kris Kross, Rage Against the Machine, The Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, The Mummies, Blur, Oasis, Wu-Tang Clan, Björk, Portishead, The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, Elliott Smith, Queens of the Stone Age, Tricky, The Libertines, Johnny Cash (II), Neutral Milk Hotel, The White Stripes, Jay Z, CocoRosie, The Streets, Mos Def, Jay Reatard, Sigur Ros, Gogol Bordello, Bollywood, Belle and Sebastian, The Strokes, Interpol, Kanye West, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Two Gallants, Old Crow Medicine Show, Animal Collective, Black Lips, Arcade Fire, M.I.A., Amy Winehouse, Ty Segall, Beirut, Crystal Castles, Diplo, Skrillex, Chief Keef and Bonus: Blink-182 (not featured in the book, only in the exhibition)

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