The Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk

The Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk

by Paul Grushkin, Lee Alan Morrow
     
 

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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

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Fascinating and accessible . . . useful for both the scholar and the fan”
New York Times

“A literate, loving look at the poster’s evolution”
Chicago Tribune

“It flat-out rocks.”
Newsweek

“Widely considered the genre’s original bible.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

“[This] exhaustively researched compilation brings together more than thirty years’ worth of the best and brightest rock posters and art work.”
Rolling Stone

“There really wasn’t such a thing as a rock poster expert until Paul Grushkin established himself as one with his stellar . . . Art of Rock”
CMJ New Music Monthly

“Rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay, and the old posters advertising live shows seem to be sticking around too.”—The Wall Street Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896595842
Publisher:
Abbeville Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1987
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
516
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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