The Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk

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Electric, outrageous, erotic, blatant, vital. The adjectives that describe rock music also apply to the artwork created to sell it. Add to this list sumptous, dazzling, defintive, ultimate, and you've describe The Art of Rock as well.

From the 1950s through today, here is the complete visual history of the rock concert poster: the funkiest bills advertising Elvis, B.B. King, and Howlin' Wolf; the multicolored psychedelic hallucinations promoting the Grateful Dead, Dylan, and the...

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Overview

Electric, outrageous, erotic, blatant, vital. The adjectives that describe rock music also apply to the artwork created to sell it. Add to this list sumptous, dazzling, defintive, ultimate, and you've describe The Art of Rock as well.

From the 1950s through today, here is the complete visual history of the rock concert poster: the funkiest bills advertising Elvis, B.B. King, and Howlin' Wolf; the multicolored psychedelic hallucinations promoting the Grateful Dead, Dylan, and the Doors; the deliciously tasteless art for the Sex Pistols, Crime, and the Clash. From the Red Dog Saloon in San Francisco, where the psychedelic scene started, to CBGB, New York's punk Mecca, and beyond. 1,500 images searched out world-wide from clubs, attics, and bedrooms--as well as more formal collections--are reproduced in their original blazing colors.

Replete with firsthand history--exclusive interviews with scores of insiders, poster artists, musicans, promoters--this is the ultimate high for the rock music fan, required reading for the poster collector, a treasure trove for the graphic artist, and a riotous feast for anyone who digs pop culture.

Other Details: 1,500 color illustrations, 100 black-and-white photographs 512 pages 11 x 11" Published 1987

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896595842
  • Publisher: Abbeville Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1987
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 516
  • Sales rank: 585,120
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 13.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Paul Grushkin, a noted rock-music historian, has been collecting concert posters since 1969. His other books include The Art of Modern Rock and Rockin’ Down the Highway: The Cars and People That Made Rock Roll.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2000

    Collectible Rock Poster Reference

    There is a thriving collector's market for Rock Concert Posters. Many are identified, bought and sold based on their Plate Number Reference from this book. If you're thinking of purchasing more than 2 posters, this book will pay for itself with authoritative information.

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