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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

by Mike Evans, Paul Palmer-Edwards (With)
 

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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

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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.

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'If you're the kind of person who hankers for the halcyon days when promoting a gig didn't simply involve cobbling a Facebook group together, 'The Art of British Rock' deserves a spot on your coffee table.'

"A worthy addition to any bookcase... Informative as well as easy on the eye, while pithy observations abound." - Classic Rock

'If you're the kind of person who hankers for the halcyon days when promoting a gig didn't simply involve cobbling a Facebook group together, 'The Art of British Rock' deserves a spot on your coffee table.'

'Try to resist the urge to cut them all out and Blu Tack them to your wall.'

The pictures may induce nostalgia - such as the days when Jimi Hendrix played a hotel in Windsor - but they are also a warning that we all grow up and calm down. People who bought The Clash's first single, White riot, in 1977 are now more interested in their morgages; and most of those drawn to the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival by the event's poster, could now get there with their pensioners' free bus pass. Fans of virtual band Gorillaz have been warned.

"The writing by Mike Evans is succinct and entertaining, and the book's design by Paul Palmer-Edwards is really stunning." - The Market

‘Try to resist the urge to cut them all out and Blu Tack them to your wall.’

"Everybody will find an image that triggers a host of memories." - Evening Standard

"If you're the kind of person who hankers for the halcyon days when promoting a gig didn't simply involve cobbling a Facebook group together, 'The Art of British Rock' deserves a spot on your coffee table..Try to resist the urge to cut them all out and Blu Tack them to your wall." - ShortList

"8 Awesome British Rock Posters" Featured gallery - Huff Post Books, THE HUFFINGTON POST

"Each chapter highlights influential designers and artists, showing the creative directors behind the music. The book begins with rock and roll and continues to light on the graphic art that came out of mod, punk, pop rock, and rave music. Including everyone from Jimi Hendrix to David Bowie to the Sex Pistols to the Queens of the Stone Age, this book is a complete look at the vibrant visual movement that arose along with British rock." - COMPLEX ART & DESIGN

"...explores British Rock...specifically from about the 1960s to almost present day with a heavy focus on the 60s and 70s. It's a really pretty book, filled with a lot of great pictures. There are also really interesting back stories about some of the artists behind some of the iconic music art..This book would make a fantastic gift for the art or music lover in your life!" - A BOOKISH AFFAIR

Product Details

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

Meet 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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