Sunday, July 3, 2016

Traces of Alex Lifeson

The first two photos here are from my high school's (A. Y. Jackson Secondary  School) 1981 yearbook. The last three pictures were taken by me last week when I was on vacation in Toronto from New Brunswick. 

This is the band room wall mural which has been there since the 1970's and was painted by our boy Alex Lifeson of RUSH
What I was TRYING to do was to find an old photo that shows the bottom left corner with the name "A. Zivijinovich" (Alex's real name).
I know it's there because I saw it when I went to the school.
Unfortunately, only 1/2 of the mural is visible right now. The left side of the wall has 2 soundproof practice booths against it and I was unable to see behind them.
When I was there last Thursday it was nearing the end of the day. I was able to get into the school but the band room was locked up and dark. The only people around were 3 people in the front office.  
Fortunately, the man is the principal. 
I told him that I went to the school over 30 years ago and was now living out of town. 
Also, I am a HUGE RUSH fan. He was not aware of the story of the mural but was very interested to learn of it.
It would be nice if he undertook to preserve it and present it so that the kids were aware of its value.  
I had heard rumours over the years that the wall had been torn down, repainted etc. but was very pleased to learn that these were in fact just rumours and that this fine remnant of Alex's time at A. Y. Jackson remains in great shape.
I hope it stays that way.

Stay well,


Anonymous said...

Comparing the old images with the new, you can see the width of the lines and colors are different. It was obviously repainted sometime over the years.

Brian Wilson said...

I hope that the school would do something to preserve the mural as it is part of the school's heritage.