Ray Gun: Out of Control

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In four short but inspired years, Ray Gun has captured the imagination of American alternative culture as a forum for debate and as an arbiter of credibility on music, graphic design, culture, and style. Out of Control celebrates Ray Gun and its sister magazines in a potent blend of the very best from their past stirred up with a larger dose of challenging new graphics, writing, photography, illustration, typography, fashion, and music from the cutting edge of today's youth culture. In it the Ray Gun creative ...
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Overview

In four short but inspired years, Ray Gun has captured the imagination of American alternative culture as a forum for debate and as an arbiter of credibility on music, graphic design, culture, and style. Out of Control celebrates Ray Gun and its sister magazines in a potent blend of the very best from their past stirred up with a larger dose of challenging new graphics, writing, photography, illustration, typography, fashion, and music from the cutting edge of today's youth culture. In it the Ray Gun creative team and literally hundreds of contributors - including many essential tastemakers - set out on a quest to track the critical search for identity in a youth culture that is itself media-driven and identity-mad.

Far from the cut-and-paste production of many zine publications, the more graphically sophisticated Ray Gun: Out of Control integrates music, style and glossy design, with contributions by more than "one hundred celebrities" including David Bowie, Quentin Tarantino and William Burroughs. Inspired by the zine Ray Gun, the book's 400 illustrations mix art, type and essays to produce a stylish, up-to-the-minute view of contemporary culture.

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This anthology drawn from the pages of Ray Gun, one of the most visually idiosyncratic and original music magazines now being published, demonstrates just how consistently inventive and challenging the design of the magazine is but doesn't make the "new niche cool" publication any easier to understand. Kuipers, its editor, argues that too many magazines are addicted to "the megalomaniacal need to control people, to steer culture away from the radical and toward the safe." One way in which they do that is by compartmentalizing art and text. Ray Gun doesn't: Words flow over images, dense blocks of text are squeezed into spreads featuring glowing color photographs or collages, a wide variety of typefaces are crowded into an issue. Another way in which magazines assert a rigid worldview is by strictly defining the roles of artists, writers, designers, and subjects: Ray Gun has recruited John Travolta, William S. Burroughs, Quentin Tarantino, Frank Zappa, and Keith Richards, among many others, as contributors, providing "an open forum" for the artists "who define youth (or music) culture." The anthology offers a stunning gallery of cutting-edge design, but its highly experimental mix of images and text is likely to make it of interest only to designers and the already initiated.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684839806
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 6/13/1997
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.87 (w) x 11.11 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 10
Marvin's Room 14
Out of Control 22
Are You the Bomb? Speaking Ray Gun to the New Niche Cool 42
Out of Control 70
The Closing Down 90
Style 100
How the Art Was Done and Where It Got Us: Michael Stripe in Dialogue with Chris Bilheimer 122
Action 136
Out of Control 166
Alternative by Design? 226
Index 236
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