The Art of British Rock: 50 Years of Rock Posters, Flyers and Handbills

The Art of British Rock: 50 Years of Rock Posters, Flyers and Handbills

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Celebrating a half century of design in posters, flyers and advertising ephemera, The Art of British Rock highlights the UK’s distinct contribution to rock’n’roll graphics. From custom designed posters for provincial ballrooms in the late 50s to the computer-generated images of today, rock music illustration has reflected – and influenced – crucial changes in popular visual art. With classic examples (some unseen for many years) of key styles including pop art, psychedelic illustration, punk 'do-it-yourself' and digital imaging, the book documents the stunning visual style of British rock from the era of the Beatles and Rolling Stones to the present-day art of indie guitar bands, cutting edge soloists and contemporary clubland.

Arranged chronologically, The Art of British Rock features more than 350 posters ranging from the work of anonymous artists to internationally acclaimed designers including the Hapshash group in the 60s, Hipgnosis and Barney Bubbles in the 70s, and Malcolm Garrett, Peter Saville and Vaughan Oliver in the 80s and beyond. All are the subject of special features within each chapter. Concluding with the mix of retro and state-of-the-art design that has characterized rock poster illustration in the first decade of the 21st century, this is a unique account of more than 50 years of British rock’n’roll art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780711234734
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Adult
Publication date: 08/15/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 9.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

With a background as a musician on the 60s rock scene, Mike Evans began writing about popular music in the 70s. As a freelance journalist he was a regular contributor to Melody Maker and his work appeared in UK rock magazines including Sounds and Cream. As author his books have included the much acclaimed The Art of the Beatles in 1984, the best-selling Elvis: A Celebration (2002), Waking Up In New York City in 2003, and Ray Charles: The Birth of Soul in 2005. The Beats (an illustrated account of the Beat Generation) appeared in 2007, and Woodstock: Three Days That Shook the World in 2009. He lives and works in London, dividing his time between writing and a freelance editorial consultancy.Ever since he first started working, Paul Palmer-Edwards has been lucky enough to combine his love of music, and of design and designing; from making coffee for Brian Eno, to pasting-up music ads and record covers for EMI records in the 1970s, he managed to find time to perform with a succession of bands (appearing on the short-lived Cabaret Futura live album). Throughout the 1980s, he honed his design skills working for many of the major design companies of that era, while continuing to gig around London, until finally hanging up his guitar to concentrate on design. In 2000, he co-founded Grade Design, specializing in publishing, and has since worked on many award-winning projects as well as being a regular contributor to the Mojo letters page.With a background as a musician on the 60s rock scene, Mike Evans began writing about popular music in the 70s. As a freelance journalist he was a regular contributor to Melody Maker and his work appeared in UK rock magazines including Sounds and Cream. As author his books have included the much acclaimed The Art of the Beatles in 1984, the best-selling Elvis: A Celebration (2002), Waking Up In New York City in 2003, and Ray Charles: The Birth of Soul in 2005. The Beats (an illustrated account of the Beat Generation) appeared in 2007, and Woodstock: Three Days That Shook the World in 2009. He lives and works in London, dividing his time between writing and a freelance editorial consultancy.Ever since he first started working, Paul Palmer-Edwards has been lucky enough to combine his love of music, and of design and designing; from making coffee for Brian Eno, to pasting-up music ads and record covers for EMI records in the 1970s, he managed to find time to perform with a succession of bands (appearing on the short-lived Cabaret Futura live album). Throughout the 1980s, he honed his design skills working for many of the major design companies of that era, while continuing to gig around London, until finally hanging up his guitar to concentrate on design. In 2000, he co-founded Grade Design, specializing in publishing, and has since worked on many award-winning projects as well as being a regular contributor to the Mojo letters page.

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Shrike58 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.