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The Art of British Rock: 50 Years of Rock Posters, Flyers and Handbills based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is one of those books that you can judge by the cover, as the author examines the rise and fall and rise of the poster (mostly) in British rock, with the golden age stretching from the psychedelic-influenced early Seventies through the dadistic and confrontational imagery of the punk explosion and into the cool modernism of the post-punk Eighties. That there has been something of a revival of the poster in the UK is said to be a commentary on the rise and fall of the compact disk economy, and how the modern reality is that bands have to get out and tour again if they want to make it.Apart from the imagery itself, there is also significant commentary from the graphic creators involved in this efflorescence.One drawback to this focus is that I suspect that the late-Nineties/early-Millennial UK may not have been quite the poster wasteland that the author depicts, as this is a history of rock graphics, not dance-music graphics.