The Art of Punk: The Illustrated History of Punk Rock Design

Overview

Punk rock gave birth to an art movement that was little appreciated at the time but soon became influential around the globe. This is the first book to chronicle the art of punk style, from concert posters and flyers to fanzines and record sleeves, T-shirts, buttons, comic books, and much more.

The story begins with the godfathers of punk—the Velvet Undergound, MC5, the Ramones, New York Dolls, and Patti Smith—and the distinctive aesthetic these bands launched thanks to ...

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Overview

Punk rock gave birth to an art movement that was little appreciated at the time but soon became influential around the globe. This is the first book to chronicle the art of punk style, from concert posters and flyers to fanzines and record sleeves, T-shirts, buttons, comic books, and much more.

The story begins with the godfathers of punk—the Velvet Undergound, MC5, the Ramones, New York Dolls, and Patti Smith—and the distinctive aesthetic these bands launched thanks to impresarios like Andy Warhol. Punk broke big in 1976 and 1977 with American and British groups such as the Sex Pistols, the Damned, the Clash, the Germs, and more, and continues today with bands like Green Day and Rancid. The bands created a reactionary, do-it-yourself art designed to shock, amaze, and stand out from the blandness of the 1970s. This groundbreaking style continues to impact design, music, and fashion today.

This collection of more than 900 images is a rare look at punk design since so much of it was made as throwaway art and few originals have survived. The authors have collected an incredible gallery of images, plus interviews with the artists, poster designers, and musicians who were there on the frontlines of punk rock.

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Editorial Reviews

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If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, how lucky that a volume predicated on the visual art of punk can avoid the Moscow Ballet describing the Texas School Book Depository. Subtitled The Illustrated History of Punk Rock Design, this boutique repository presents page after color-filled, eye-grabbing page of album covers, concert posters, band flyers, zines, and Xeroxed stickers from the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, Patti Smith, and others as known and revered.” - Austin, TX Chronicle

“Russ Bestley and Alex Ogg contribute a deft introduction, short topical essays and captions. Interviews with familiar pioneers such as John Holmstrom, Jamie Reid, and Malcolm Garrett enrich the contents, along with lesser-known designers like LukTam89: this typifies the broader chronological and geographical scope that this edition emphasizes.” - PopMatters.com

“The text is engaging but as a coffee table book, the selling point is the graphics, which reveal the visual dimension of punk in all its brilliance and stupidity. Perhaps most fascinating are the illustrations from Iceland, Russia and other places less associated in memory with the birth of the movement.” - Milwaukee Express

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760344101
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 10/21/2012
  • Edition description: First Edition, First
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 340,015
  • Product dimensions: 9.98 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Ogg is the co-editor of the esteemed academic journal Punk & Post-Punk. He's the author of The Hip Hop Years, No More Heroes, and Independence Days. He's a regular contributor to The London Times, Vive Le Rock, and is the former editor of Spiral Scratch.

Russ Bestley is a graphic design professor at the London College of Communications, University of the Arts London. He's also the author of Up Against the Wall: International Poster Design and Experimental Layout. He writes for publications including Eye, Zed, the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World, and Punk & Post-Punk.

Dennis Loren is a rock poster designer and member of The Rock Poster Society.

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