Tim Kerr

Tim Kerr was born and raised on the Texas coast on the Gulf of Mexico, just south of Galveston. There he began to surf and play guitar. He had a wonderful childhood, but hated high school. He will tell you that surfing, music and his friend and later-to-be-wife, Beth saved him during those high school years.
Some of his continuing musical influences were formed early and include British invasion bands, soul music, British folk and acoustic music (Bert Jansch, John Martyn, etc.)
Tim moved to Austin in 1974 to attend The University of Texas at Austin and there he earned a degree in painting and photography. While in the art department, he studied under famed photographer Garry Winogrand and was awarded a Ford Foundation grant for his work.
Also during this time, Tim was selected to compete two years in a row in a song writing contests held at the then new (now 32 years old) Kerrville Folk Festival. Tim couldn’t participate in the second festival he was invited to because he had broken his arm while skating in an empty swimming pool just before the contest date.
Music and art have continued to be major passions for Tim throughout his life. He has played in numerous bands including legendary punk act the Big Boys, Poison 13, the Monkeywrench, Jack O’Fire, Lord High Fixers, King Sound Quartet, and Total Sound Group Direct Action Committee. Tim’s artwork has been exhibited across the globe in cities including London, Lisbon, L.A., Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Austin, Houston, Pittsburgh, and Minneapolis.
Monofonus is proud to reissue Tim’s book Your Name Here. In Russ Pope’s words, “Your Name Here holds Tim Kerr within its covers. These pages are filled with Tim’s bold, creative artwork that contain social commentary with figures from both past and present. Tim tells a story with his loose hand and signature tempura paints. Tim’s compiled work acts as bit of a visual history lesson.” This edition of the book includes a cassette compilation of Tim’s favorite songs from his many musical endeavors. Browse through the book in its entirety below, and preorder it here. During the month of December, a copy of Tim’s book is free, along with Andy Rihn’s The Tiger’s Last Tooth, when you buy Jules Buck Jones’ Everglades.