Image: Devo on the Streets of Downtown Akron
(Cleveland, Ohio, 1954 - )

Devo on the Streets of Downtown Akron , April 10, 1978

Gelatin silver print
12 1/2 in. x 18 3/4 in. (31.75 cm x 47.63 cm)
Gift of the artist
The new wave band Devo began as a conceptual art project and performed its first concert in 1973, led by Kent State students Gerald Casale, Bob Lewis and Mark Mothersbaugh.  They took the name from their concept of de-evolution:  “the idea that instead of evolving, mankind has actually regressed, as evidenced by the dysfunction and herd mentality of American society.”  On March 12, 1977, the band performed at the Akron Art Museum.  Macoska’s photographs were taken a year later, just three months before the appearance of the group’s first album, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo, which was produced by Brian Eno.  This image shows (L to R) band members Bob Casale, Gerald Casale, Mark Mothersbaugh, Bob Mothersbaugh and Alan Myers.
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