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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081184529X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811845298
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 11.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If MTV is any indication, the face of rock'n'roll needs plastic surgery. Sure, Britney's got a hot belly and Beyonce a glorious booty, but sex is this close to selling itself out. Soon, people will be demanding money shots in their milk commercials. Where's an intelligent consumer to find imagery that both tickles the brain and plugs one into popular culture?

Try Paul Grushkin and Dennis King's Art of Modern Rock, which showcases in full color more than 1600 rock posters and flyers by some 200 international artists, from veterans like Frank Kozik to up-and-comers a la Leia Bell. More than a sequel to Art of Rock (Abbeville, 1987) Grushkin's best-selling survey of psychedelic posters from the 1960s and 1970s this is the definitive document of a tens-of-thousands-strong countercultural revolution that began in the late 1980s with the grunge movement and continues today from New York City to San Francisco to...Des Moines and Denton, TX?

"Wherever there's a 'kid' a teenager, a twentysomething, or even a thirtysomething who is on the cutting edge of music there's someone cranking out posters," Grushkin asserts.

In fact, more rock posters have been made in the last ten years than in the history of rock'n'roll. To hear Grushkin tell it, this explosion has to do with how today's teenagers access music, i.e., without seeing great LP art, as Grushkin did in his youth, and, increasingly, without walking into a music store. With MP3 looming large, "the art that always defined your relationship to the music" is disappearing.

In the spirit of the hippies, punks, and alternative rockers before them, young music fans have been filling the void themselves. Via the Internet, these kids track their favorite bands as they tour and call up promoters about doing posters for shows. While some may go digital, many still rely on the old-school (read: cheap) silk-screen method, which King-who holds one of the largest rock poster collections in the world-credits with starting the poster revolution.

"It's almost political: all these people realizing that they have the power to create and disseminate their own imagery," he says.

The insane eclecticism of the featured artists called for a thematic organization; readers will witness the many incarnations of that rock poster staple, the devil, for instance. Heightening the effect is King's clever layout, which mimics both a gallery wall and a web site. The final product is a pastel-cum-Day-Glo gem that will make music fans into art fans and vice versa. -Library Journal, Editor's Pick

Concert posters, as any rockologist will tell you, are the Van Goghs and Matisses of the music scene. And in 1987, author Paul Grushkin cobbled together an encyclopedia of the genre's best in an eight-pound hernia of a book called "The Art of Rock." In the 17 years since, the rise of graphic-art technology, digital music and local indie-rock scenes has sparked a second wave of eye-popping posters. So Grushkin and collector Dennis King teamed up for a sequel.

"When you've got the Bible," says Grushkin, "there's gotta be a New Testament, right?" Hence, "The Art of Modern Rock": an exhilarating volume of 1,800 posters from grass-roots artists hyping local shows by bands like the Beastie Boys, the Flaming Lips and many more no one's heard of. Like its older sibling, it flat-out rocks. -Teen Newsweek

About the Author

Paul Grushkin is the author of the best-selling The Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk and an acknowledged expert in rock merchandise. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dennis King is a premier collector and dealer of rock posters and memorabilia. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Wayne Coyne is the lead singer and primary video director and poster artist for the Grammy-nominated band the Flaming Lips. He lives in Oklahoma.

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Customer Reviews

Great book, definitive work.
S. Temkin
I can and will look at this feast for the eyes time and time again.
J. Altieri
This is a MUST for both art and rock music lovers.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Leia Bell on November 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As I have been looking forward to the release of this book for two years now, when the package first arrived at my house I was a little afraid to open it. Would this book live up to my high expectations?

I quickly got over my fears, ripped open the box and pulled out this gorgeous, colorful, HEAVY piece of art history in the making.

Every single page is filled with amazing full-color posters, interviews, and photographs. My favorite thing about the book is the photos of the actual artists-- seeing what these talented folks look like, and getting glimpses into how they actually work in their respective environments.

Impress your friends, show how hip you are and buy this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Di Donna on December 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
... to the Old Testament, 'The Art of Rock: From Presley to Punk'! Paul & Dennis manage to top the last book, which, to many of us in the indy 'low brow' art field, was nothing short of a Bible, or at the very least one of the Lost Dead Sea Scrolls. The scope of art contained within is sheerly mindboggling, spanning a few decades & crossing the globe, introducing even the well seasoned, like myself, to new faces, & chronicalling the extent of undiscovered talent in the scene. The design is breathtaking, easy to navigate, well researched & chronicled, printed & bound beautifully, & will make a must have addition to anyone's library, whether die hard art fan, music lover, or anyone whose ever considered rock & roll as part of their life. The only real question I have is, who the heck is that ugly brute stinking up the whole project on page 099? !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ROCK ARTIST on November 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This treasure of work from all over the world povides a mind-blowing experience in rock art. No way could this book be any better than Paul Grushkin and Dennis King meant for it to be. These guys know and love this stuff, and it shows. From cover to cover the viewer will be in awe.

One of the finest published pieces of work, EVER.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason S. Munn on November 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Even the best review just wouldn't do this book justice. It must be experienced. Each time I look through it I discover something new.

On a side note, make sure your coffee table is good and sturdy, this book might just crush it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lon Jerome on November 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
For anyone who is a fan of rock music, art or design needs this book. It is THE AUTHORITY on the modern rock poster renaissance.

The amount of work is amazing. It'll keep your eyes busy/happy for a long time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gary Houston on November 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'd like to offer up a big salute to paul Grushkin & Dennis King, as well as all the poster artists represented in this book. It is an extreme honor to be considered a peer of those whose work is shown here. On one level, you're taken back by the shear beauty and presentation. On another level, the multitude of stylistic approaches is mind boggling. The thing that keeps smacking me is the honesty and the sense of craft portrayed in each of the works.

The poster is a temple where we fortunate souls obviously worship, and the release of this book will definitely add to the congregation. Amen...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. Barber on February 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is simply the best collection of artwork I've come across - there is a tendency with "coffee table" books, to flick through and miss a few pages out. Do that at your peril with this tome - it's enlightening and artistically inspiring from first to last. Although fairly expensive in the UK, it's a must have if you like your art - never mind your poster art. A triumph.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gregg gordon on November 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a huge fan of rock art and the many talented artists featured in this book, I could not wait to get my hands on one. This book is my kind of book...full of the most colorful, random, exciting images for many of my favorite bands by some of my favorite artists...it will take me forever to get through the whole thing...

I picked up a few for my friends and family...
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