University of Manchester Collections

This collection showcases the exhibition, Off Beat: Jeff Nuttall and the International Underground, which runs until 5 March 2017 at The John Rylands Library, Manchester. Jeff Nuttall (1933-2004) was a Lancastrian artist and poet, jazz musician, critic, social commentator, novelist, actor and teacher. He was a major figure in the radical, avant-garde literature and art that challenged mainstream culture in the 1960s and 1970s. Other artists, activists, poets and writers who feature in the exhibition include William S Burroughs, Michael Horovitz, Alexander Trocchi, Douglas Blazek, Mary Beach, Charles Plymell, Harold North, Carl Weissner and Eric Mottram. Due to copyright restrictions we are unable to show many of the Off Beat exhibits here. Instead this collection focuses on Nuttall himself rather than his friends and collaborators. Over his lifetime Nuttall published and illustrated nearly forty books the majority of which feature in this collection.