I can hear Keith's laugh in my mind. MOFM, indeed. An artist intellectual with cajones, Keith possessed an affable, approachable, easy if complex aura. He was opinionated, but not a bull. Even as he embraced the Alt Right, he managed to have congenial conversations with BLM folks. That's a dearly missed quality these days. Not enough people possess the maturity to allow others with opposite views to have their say, agree to disagree, and even foment friendships. Opposites attract?
A posthumous reflection on Keith's art, music, writings, 'Lee Brigade' WREK Specials sharing co-host duties with his ex and longtime spouse, Lynn Lee, and Chris Campbell from WREK's staff, his reality TV debut, and Podcasts. Keith, also, got into local Dekalb County Atlanta politics .
Pen work and comics are featured at this site. Keith worked in other mediums, as well. An example of one of his lightboxes is shown here. Paintings and other works are not yet available. This website is meant to evolve. This is a request to any friends, colleagues or acquaintances of Keith's to share his work. Click the logo under Contact below if you possess one of his pieces, know of someone who does, or want to share a Keith memory.
Lifelong love of music. Keith immersed himself. He became a music scholar and a really good guitar player. I was happy to be his student as he described an obscure artist, a recording session, their historical influences and the influence they would go on to have. He would talk to me about Scott Walker, Joanna Newsom, Captain Beefheart, The Residents, Brian Eno, Brian Cook, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. He was well known locally as the guitarist for King Kill 33°, a cinematic subversive artrock outfit from Atlanta, GA. He went on to play for The Hookers, Snatch, Bride Stripped Bare, Liars Club, and Envie. He performed and recorded with Vanessa Silberman, "Met Her at a Murder Trial". He also did numerous solo performances. He was a guest star on BOB's 'Animal Speak' recorded in 1995 at Bakos Amp Works in Atlanta.
Below, you'll find a number of Keith's published articles about familiar topics and music. You'll find that his writing is competent, economical and clear. It reveals an open minded evolving political consciousness. He went from embracing socially liberal ideas to immersing himself for a spell in the Alt Right, only to be spit out and fending for his own safety due to real and imagined danger. He was no stranger to chemicals, yet in the many conversations I am honored to have had with him, even when he wasn't sober, he managed a formidable clarity of thought.
91.1 FM Atlanta. WREK is a diverse programming student run 40,000 WATT radio station with a dedicated local musician/artist following, though profoundly ignored by most of Tech's students despite it's wealth of music from around the world. Keith and Lynn Lee hosted the Lee Brigade. They would prepare an intellectual slice of an artist's career for these imminently enjoyable 2 hour programs. The Residents... Scott Walker. Who else did they feature? Chris? Any links to archived specials would be a great addition to this site.
Keith was sought out and featured as a token Alt Right guest for the filming of a reality TV show with the hope that he'd be bated into doing combat with a BLM guest. Turned out that these two opposites ended up finding some common ground and a general respect, if not liking, for each other. During a live performance at the Georgia Theater in Athens, Keith included the 'n' word in his performance (as in 'white n') and was derided for his alternative viewpoint. He later described the overall TV experience in positive terms, even though the director edited out content so as to make Keith appear more Alt than he really was. One should trust what they see on TV! Anyone have footage or know where some can be found?
Keith was a co-host on the Jim Goad Group Hug Podcast from episodes 3-45. "[He] improved the show's listenability greatly. They [Keith and the show's host] had a falling [out] related to episode 45 and that was that." Here's the link: Jim Goad.net
Keith played guitar and sometimes
sang in these hair BANDS.
Combining disorienting visuals, conspiracy mumbo-jumbo, and tautly-wound electric/eccentric rock, King-Kill/33° was absolutely one of the most exciting and intriguing groups of the Atlanta indie rock scene peak of the early '90s. Forming in the summer of 1990 in the "King-Kill house", (the band) took it's name from a James Shelby Downard essay published by Adam Parfrey in his book Apocalypse Culture. "The essay is about the Kennedy assassination" bassist Donna Smith explained in an interview with Mouth magazine shortly after the group's formation. "It has a lot of numerological and Masonic symbolism. King-Kill/33° was a plot to kill the divine king, which was seen as the only Catholic and non-Mason President in some time," to which vocalist Mitch Foy, who suggested the name added, "The essays are fascinating, there's plenty of mind food in it, but it's not something we promote. We're not anti-Mason, we're not pro-Mason. It's a starting point to play around with."
King-Kill/33° released a handful of singles and compilation appearances in their three years, but they truthfully had to be experienced live to be fully appreciated. More effectively than any other local group at the time, and usually more effectively than any visual-oriented group anywhere, King-Kill utilized an armory of films, slides, strobes, transparencies, and other sorts of visual overload, projected against and behind them as they played. Add to this Foy's affinity for provoking performance art and costumes (his most memorable outfit involved crude stilts made from "blocks of wood two feet high, with some old sneakers bolted into the top of 'em", on which he would teeter above the crowd and his band mates), and King-Kill/33° was an act not soon forgotten.
Jeff Clark - Stomp and StammerRead more about King Kill at Beyond Failure blogspot or here at facebook: .
Keith on guitar. Thys McGoran vocals. Jeff on drums.
Found this image online. Looking for a bio, links to music and photos for this band.
Keith filled in on guitar in the all-girl band, Snatch.
This Snatch 7" single called 666 was put out by Atlanta record label Worrybird Records in 1992, owned by David T Lindsay.
Together with Czech Mike's self-abuse performance art, bloody good, Ray Surinck, et al.
Looking for links to recordings, images, write-ups, video, etc.
Singer and songwriter. Lynn Lee handled video during live performance. Laurie G-force on bass... Donna Smith sang, too.
Liar's Club music posted by Keith on his YouTube channel.
Renee Nelson was the vocalist and main songwriter. Michael Overstreet wrote lyrics. Keith played guitar. Sean Moore on drums. Rich Hudson played bass. There were previous members, but this was the lineup that included Keith. There is one final mix recording.
Envie live at Eyedrum in Atlanta. Features the original members.
"I love how Keith E Lee describes modern musical annihilation through illustration: the modern attachment to the past which we breathe every day; the extreme conviction of some, that nothing good exists today and nothing good will happen in the future. Is this not a story we've already heard? The deliberate classification, demonization and ultimately, the derision of new musical expressions? The nostalgic never die. His use of comic, black and white, text and image criticizes this situation in a calm and veiled manner. He presents humor, satire and sarcasm in a non-convective and modern style. Keith E Lee‘s illustrations have the effect of a bullet exploded at close range. This is what I understand about Keith E Lee‘s work."- August 2, 2017 Felix Lombardo at rrrabitblog.com [paraphrased]
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The following piece was one of 4 lightboxes Keith created at Atlanta College of Art. The band BOB used the image for the cover of their album, which also took Keith's title.
Published articles by Keith E Lee appeared in Stomp N Stammer and medium.com. Touch or click the icon below the title to open the corresponding .pdf file.