The genre-defying mekons formed in Leeds, England in 1977, born from the emerging British punk scene. They progressed from socialist art students with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. Theirs is an improbable history—a surprising and influential embrace of folk and country music, with occasional forays into the art world. Their mind-boggling output consistently blurs the lines between high art and low, and they remain one of the world’s great live bands.