KR3W // Rights Refused: Charles Peterson

KR3W Rights Refused is a program for highlighting creative personalities from the underground that have carved out a niche for themselves’ by refusing to conform. It’s comprised of hand picked artists, musicians and craftsmen who embody the DIY mentality. For Spring 2015, KR3W have brought in Charles Peterson to produce a capsule collection in celebration of the images that immortalised the birth of Grunge.

It was the late 80’s when a new sound started to emerge; 60’s garage and 70’s punk had awakened the gritty spirit of rock n’ roll and a rebellion was bubbling in underground Seattle. Kurt Cobain would become the unofficial spokesman for the movement, and of a generation, and Peterson would become its photographer.

Through the lens of his camera, Peterson invites us to witness the birth of a brash new era of music that grabbed the world by its throat and refused to let go. His iconic images capture the rawness of live performances; there’s no trace of celebrity here, only the honest tale of the rebellion, it’s leaders and dedicated cult followers; shaped by angst, anxiety and acoustics, and played out in seedy clubs with sticky carpet.

“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”– Charles Peterson

20 years after Kurt Cobain’s untimely passing, Peterson opens his archives and presents four of his iconic images in an exclusive capsule collection with KR3W. Appearing across tees, woven and cut & sew, the curated selection of images each tell their own story of a moment in time that changed the face of music forever.

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