ONE MODEL NATION – the band. Germany, 1977 – the economic miracle is at hand. An entire generation that has grown up with the shame of World War II embraces western culture as capitalism begins to take root. Underneath the veneer of the financial prosperity, the country is still shattered from the devastation of war. A radical segment of the youth fight back against a repressed nation. Their only figurehead of this violent, well dressed revolution is a band soon to be forever lost in time; ONE MODEL NATION.
This is only part of the story. I have spent the better part of 10 years examining the mysterious group of talented young musicians known as ONE MODEL NATION. They were the voice of a generation. The first German group to appear on the UK music charts.
From US rock band The Dandy Warhols’ frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor comes a work of historical fiction set in Berlin 1977 during a fascinating period of political and cultural turmoil.
With striking art by indie super-star Jim Rugg (The Guild), this stand-alone graphic novel follows the epic journey of popular art noise band One Model Nation as they become embroiled in the police hunt for the notorious Baader-Meinhof Gang. The gang’s violent protests have the paranoid government suspecting every youth of conspiracy to overthrow the system and One Model Nation are about to become public enemy #1. “The book you hold in your hands is nowhere near an accurate historical text,” writes Courtney Taylor-Taylor. “It is merely inspired by the outrageous and outlandish behavior and style during this amazing time and place.”
The stunning hardcover features a foreword by Michael Allred (Madman, The Atomic, Red Rocket 7) as well as a host of behind-the-scenes extras including sketches, storyboards, a detailed director’s commentary, deleted scenes and a fascinating historical background on the Baader-Meinhof gang.
The book is released to coincide with the One Model Nation album (January 31st) by The End Records (Sony Red Music). There will also be a fully animated One Model Nation music video to tie in with the band’s first single release.