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
If bright and colorful with lots of great pics and history! Got this for hubby for gift. Really liked it!Published 12 months ago by leilani
Thanks for the fast delivery! This is a book I've wanted for some time now. I's got tons of great gig poster and screen printed poster art from many of the leaders in rock-n-roll... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kyler B. Sharp
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I bought this book for my nephew who makes his living as a graphic artist. He was wowed big time. There isn't much editorial content or philosophy here. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Daniel C. Hall
Love it! Amazing and inspiring poster book. Talks about different methods and techniques of the the development of the rock poster in history...Published 19 months ago by Juan P. Botero
Great book, definitive work. Chock full o art. Will make you wish you kept everything back in the day, or start keeping stuff if this is back in the day for you.Published 22 months ago by S. Temkin
My husband hasn't put it down since he received it! It includes a huge variety of poster types-as far as aesthetics, bands represented, etc. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Kathryn Brown
Amazing book! Punk rock and grunge visual! I recommend not only for rock lovers but also for designers and illustrators.Published on November 30, 2012 by José Ribamar
It will take you years to leaf through this encyclopedia of rock posters. Beautiful artwork by dozens of talented artists. Read morePublished on November 19, 2012 by Buyer Now