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The first two volumes chronicling the unique art and design of Roger Dean met with huge critical and popular success. Views (1975) went straight to number one in the Sunday Times bestseller list and went on to sell over a million copies. Magnetic Storm (1984) sold over 650,000 copies. These new editions, reworked to accompany the publication of the third book in the trilogy, Dragon's Dream, showcase the instantly recognizable work of Roger Dean.

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Overview

The first two volumes chronicling the unique art and design of Roger Dean met with huge critical and popular success. Views (1975) went straight to number one in the Sunday Times bestseller list and went on to sell over a million copies. Magnetic Storm (1984) sold over 650,000 copies. These new editions, reworked to accompany the publication of the third book in the trilogy, Dragon's Dream, showcase the instantly recognizable work of Roger Dean.

Views showcases the first seven years of Roger Dean's work after his graduation from the Royal College of Art in 1968. It includes paintings and graphics; branding such as the Yes typography and the first Virgin Records logo; groundbreaking stage sets; and album art including iconic early Yes covers such as the award-winning Tales From Topographic Oceans. The new edition streamlines the original square format and retains the combination of concept sketches and brilliantly displayed finished work. Featuring a new foreword, revised typography, and graphic openers and identifying icons, Views showcases and celebrates the art that defined an era.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061717093
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/10/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 944,097
  • Product dimensions: 11.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Dean is internationally acclaimed as an artist and designer whose evocative and visionary images created a new genre. Made popular through the medium of album covers and posters, his work has sold in excess of 100 million copies. Roger became widely known in the 1970s for his album cover designs for Yes—including the classic logo now in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London—and a poll of Rolling Stone readers selected five of his designs in the top twenty best album covers of all time.

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

    Completely, insanely great.  Roger Dean has inspired countless a

    Completely, insanely great.  Roger Dean has inspired countless artists and designers.  His seminal, groundbreaking work in album cover design, architectural concepts, and even aircraft paint schemes never fails to amaze.  It doesn't matter if I'm looking at his work for the first time or for the fortieth; I find something new every time I look.  I cannot recommend this book highly enough..

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Classic Art & Design and Classic Rock merge in Views

    When VIEWS first hit bookstores in the mid 70s, it found a not just a fan base of rock album cover art and design, but it sparked the imagination and inspiration of countless would be artists and illustrators, rock music fans and designers and artists already working in the field. In addition, it begat a line of books and a publishing company that brought the fantastic work of hundreds of legendary artists such as Mouse & Kelley, Syd Mead, Rick Griffin, Chris Achiellos, Rodney Matthews, Jim Fitzpatrick and others to the masses hungering to learn more about the method and vision of the people who illustrated the album covers and book jackets they had seen and loved.

    Now, over 30 years later, the reproduction of this classic volume of Roger & Martyn Dean's groundbreaking work has been lovingly reproduced in a hardcover edition to light the fire of new generations, and not too soon. Those of us who bought this book when it first came out now have the opportunity to do so again in an affordable and more durable hardcover edition (if you can imagine a patched together, 30-year old softcover that's routinely treated as if it will disintegrate at any moment, you'll understand what I mean), ought to do so. I did.

    In the event you are discovering this book for the first time, it is well worth buying now. Visual art and illustration is a product of history and research as well as talent, vision, matery of materials and technique. When the works in this book were created, digital illustration and design were a dream and craftsmanship and melding of technique and vision are not only beautiful, but leave the reader with a comforting sense that yes, these were done by people in real time, over time and that they are organic, vibrant works celebrating their subject matter and the joy of being able to create them.

    VIEWS is not only beautiful to look at but a great read for those who have always wondered, "How did they come up with the idea for that?" when they see an album cover, or these days, CD or DVD packaging, or even digital iconography that might pop up on the screen of a music player or phone. it also illustrates their visionary style of creating imagery and design work that not only satisfies the original commissions they were given, but goes well beyond those origins to become unique, iconic and truly original blending melding nature, technology and visions--views--that tower over similar, but not equal works, by other artists of this era, and since then through to today.

    It has been said over and over that "you never go wrong with the classics." VIEWS, especially this updated, lush new edition, definitely fits this adage. Like it's original softcover predecessor that saw multiple reprints, this new edition is a classic in its own right.

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