Joy Shannon

Joy Shannon is a the recording, performing and visual artist and author front-woman of the Long Beach-based dark Celtic folk-rock band “Joy Shannon and the Beauty Marks”. Joy plays Celtic harp, cello, accordion and harmonium and sings with Sean Wallace (of the metal band Beardrain) on guitar, Andy Zacharias on bass, Axel Clarke on percussion and Graham Spillman on drums. The Beauty Marks have released 4 studio albums, with their latest  album Out of My Dreams and Into My Arms released in December 2011. Joy’s visual art work, primarily consisting of printmaking, has been featured on several of her album covers and shown throughout Southern California and Europe.

Joy has a bachelors degree in Visual Arts and Theatre Arts (with a focus in printmaking and theatrical makeup and wig design) and a masters degree in American Studies with a focus in cultural art history and the history of countercultures, both from Cal State Fullerton. Combining her focus on the arts and countercultures, Joy’s first full-length book The First Counterculture Celebrity: Oscar Wilde’s 1882 North American Tour (Plain and Simple Books, 2011) showed how Wilde’s tour influenced trends in art, fashion and music in 1882. Additionally, Joy has presented papers at several academic conferences about the cultural impact of The Lord of the Rings on 1960s counterculture and rock and metal music to this day. Joy has written and created art for journals including Cal State Fullerton’s American Papers and the Ashes in Orange Peels publication Together Magazine. 


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