Opening in London tonight, 11 April, Secret 7" is a charity art project which sees hundreds of artists—including the likes of Ai Weiwei and Gilbert & George—exhibit one-off, specially designed 7" record sleeves that will be sold to raise money for the charity Art Against Knives. The resulting 700 individually designed record sleeves, created by more than 500 contributing artists, will be exhibited for a week at Downstairs At Mother in Shoreditch, and then, fittingly, on Record Store Day (April 20), the artwork will go on sale, with each piece sold blind (meaning you won't know who created which sleeve or even what song is pressed on the vinyl within until after you've bought it) at ?40 a pop. The seven tracks pressed up specially for the project are Elton John's "Bennie & The Jets," "Better Off" by Haim, "Still Love Me" by Jessie Ware, "The Beast" by Laura Marling, "The Don" by Nas, Nick Drake's "Rider On The Wheel" and Public Enemy's "Harder Than You Think." In addition to the aforementioned artists, other contributors creating sleeves include David Shrigley, Greg Eason, Marion Deuchars, Rose Blake, Pete Fowler, and Brecht Vandenbroucke—some have hand drawn their designs, others have screen printed theirs, and some have even made three dimensional packages out of unusual materials. If you can't wait for or can't attend the exhibition, you can check out the online gallery of sleeve artwork on the dedicated Secret 7" website. Producers love a good, lush swell of strings—but in electronic and even pop music, they're for the most part software simulations. David Byrne's beloved sidekick is back on her own after their whirlwind world tour, and St. One of three original works created for the now-iconic poster that Shepard Fairey created in support of Obama is a mixed media stencil collage on a 4 x 6 foot cotton rag paper. In the darkness of an indoor car park in London’s Soho, a crowd of people is gathered around a dancing industrial robot.
Ever been in that situation where you’ve pretended to like a piece of art just because everyone tells you that it says so much? Sign up to my newsletter to receive updates about what I'm working on and any upcoming exhibitions or prints! Now that the Secret 7 Record Store Day sale is over and my sleeve has been purchased, I thought I’d throw my artwork up here. I think the remaining sleeves will be for sale online for those of you unable to make it to London on the weekend. I was lucky enough to be asked by Universal Music to join in their awesome Secret 7″ project, where they ask creatives to produce covers for 7 inch singles by famous bands, and then sell them all for charity. Jack is often seen as second in command and possibly best friends with Peter and enjoys being a loyal friend and member of the society. Colin is not such a prominent member of the Seven as some of the others, but still gives a rounding to the group as a whole and has some 'highlights'. George is also not a very prominent member of the society but still appears to take his role seriously and with a sense of humour. Pam is portrayed as a very giggly girl, who doesn't appear to take things as seriously and solemnly as the others.
There are 15 titles in the series (or 16 if you want to include Secret of the Old Mill). Most of the stories begin with a meeting of the Seven in their Headquarters - the shed at the bottom of Peter and Janet's garden. Whenever a member says "Nothing ever happens", you know for sure that they are about to be dragged into the depths of a very exciting mystery. The society like to try to solve the mysteries on their own, without adult help, sometimes with disapproval from their long-suffering parents! Scamper is Peter and Janet's beloved golden spaniel and often accompanies them to meetings to 'stand guard' against possible 'snoopers', like Susie, Jack's sister.
The 'Seven' books do not appear to be the most popular series of Blyton's books, with 'The Famous Five' and 'The Adventure Series' being more popular with readers and collectors.
Why not try a Secret Seven book for yourself from the titles below and make up your own mind! 13) Shock for the Secret Seven (1961) - A highly charged thirteenth installment in the series!
Then image makers from around the world are invited to create a one-off design to adorn the sleeve of one of the 700 7" record sleeves.
Then the following weekend (20 and 21 April), the records will be available to buy on a first come, first served basis.
As well as being sold in the London gallery space, the Secret 7" records will soon be available to buy online at Art Against Knives.

All of the proceeds will go directly to artist Justin Van Hoy and family, who for the second time in his young life is battling cancer. Well, Secret 7” is giving you the perfect opportunity to love (and buy) purely on looks as they’ve replaced name and prestige in favour of good, old-fashioned instinct. You won’t have a clue who the artists or musicians are until you have handed over your money.
The sale of the vinyls was a huge success with the majority selling out in an hour and half – crazy! I know the usual type and style associated with Marling and wanted to do the opposite – try and break what people would expect.
She is a serious member of the Secret Seven, who takes direction from her brother Peter, for the most part very well. We have a glimpse of George out on his own in Go Ahead Secret Seven, doing some 'practice shadowing'. Janet comes across Barbara and Pam 'sitting on the bus-stop seat, looking rather giggly, with note-books in their hands'. More often than not supplied with freshly baked cakes or biscuits and lemonade or hot cocoa, meetings are a serious affair, with no member being permitted without the password.
They follow clues and gather information from many sources, in between all their normal school and homework!
Scamper is usually the 'extra' member of the Secret Seven, although he does take George's place in Go Ahead Secret Seven, after George is forced to resign for a short time.
Maybe this is because the stories are shorter and seem to be aimed at younger readers, with the characters not appearing to age as you progress in the series. Set in the summer time, the Seven decide that they need a more airy place for their summer meetings. Susie (Jack's annoying sister), is really being at her most annoying, setting up her own secret society. George shadows a sinister looking man, who gets him into trouble with the police and he has to resign from the Secret Seven. The Secret Seven are plunged into an adventure, when Peter and Janet's father has his car stolen - with them inside it!
A search for a lost model aeroplane takes Jack and Peter to an abandoned old house - or is it?
After a trip to the fair, the Seven witness a terrible house fire and help the family as much as they can. Then some money goes missing and Susie is chief suspect - but could there be another explanation? After a big fight between Jack and Peter, Jack resigns from the Secret Seven and says he's going to set up his own club with his sister Susie and their friend Bony. Scamper is a real help - what would they do without him to help protect them from intruders and in Bramley Woods? But someone else is using it at night - and it's Jack's little sister Susie who helps them catch the intruder. In the week in between Secret 7" is running events including a series of informal sessions by music label Universal aimed, King says, "purely at the young people that the charity Art Against Knives support as an opportunity for those of them interested in working in and around the music industry to pose questions to people already in amongst it." In effect, the sessions will give youngsters the chance to meet and quiz radio show hosts, A&R folk and artists such as Dizzee Rascal.
You can also check out the record pressing in action at The Vinyl Factory in the teaser film accompanying this year's project. This year, the folks behind RCA’s Secret Postcard exhibition have gone retro and printed tracks from seven musicians on vinyl and asked 700 artists to produce the sleeves creating a collection of truly original work. The records will be on sale for ?40 the weekend of Record Store Day (April 20) but you’ll be able to have a cheeky glimpse at the cover art this weekend (April 13) as they will be on display for all you potential buyers to play guess who. The exhibition this year was at Mother in London, and was packed with great people and even better artwork. Of the girls, she arguably shows the most initiative when it comes to gathering clues, as in The Secret Seven, where tyre tracks have been left in the snow by a suspicious van.

He is forgetful at times and sometimes gets into trouble with Peter for forgetting the password or for forgetting his badge.
Here we see his boyish humour as he 'even blacked his face' and had taken 'a rubber truncheon' so that he could pretend to be a 'real policeman'. An example of this can be seen in Well Done Secret Seven, when she inadvertently gives away the location of the Societies new HQ by squealing. Peter takes charge of the meetings and is very good at delegating jobs to do and clues to follow to different members. However, occasionally they do call in reinforcements (such as the police) to apprehend the villains. However, Scamper still helps them on their way, very often alerting them to danger or sniffing out vital clues! However, this leads Jack into making a shock discovery, which takes them on a mysterious adventure. However, what started out as a joke, really turns into a dangerous adventure starting at Tigger's Barn and ending at a foggy railyard. Certain that something is up, the rest of the gang spy on this man - what is he really up to? A mystery begins however, when they realize that an intruder has also been using the cave at night. Little do they know that a mystery is waiting just around the corner, with the theft of a valuable violin - could the two incidents be connected? The now Secret Six are soon involved in a disturbing case - village dogs are going missing. The Seven need to help them find somewhere to hide out, so that the dangerous horse thieves will not be able to find them. Janet decides to copy these tracks, as she realizes that they 'just might come in useful', as inevitably at the end of the story they do.
However, this shadowing gets him into real trouble and even results in his parents banning him from being a Society member for a time. However the 'Secret Seven' books do provide the reader with a good starting point for the different series of Blyton mystery books, progressing onto the 'Famous Five', 'Adventure' series and others. Soon, though they realize that someone has been visiting their tree-house and eating their provisions! Will the Seven be able to find out, even with Jack's sister Susie putting them off at every chance? When Scamper becomes the latest victim, the Secret Six want the case solved as soon as possible. And it’s all for a good cause as proceeds from Secret 7” go to Art Against Knives, a charity offering creative opportunities to young people affected by knife crime. Check in here for insider news, tips and deals from the worlds of food, fashion, arts, culture and more. In Secret Seven on the Trail, Jack actually gullibly believes something that he overhears Susie talking about and decides to take action. The visitor soon takes them on a trail of some thieves - but what do some of the clues REALLY mean?
However, Susie's annoying plan does backfire and the Seven have the last laugh with their adventure that starts at Tigger's Barn. To me, this shows his strong and stubborn nature but, without his natural abilities as a leader and his organization and delegation skills, the society would undoubtedly not run as smoothly!

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