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Electric Frankenstein! High-Energy Punk Rock & Roll Poster Art Paperback – March 30, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (March 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593070446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593070441
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The late 1960s is generally considered the golden age of rock-and-roll posters, but Gibson's collection of poster, album-cover, and other art concerning the graphics-minded band Electric Frankenstein argues to extend that date. From the beginning, the members of Electric Frankenstein, subscribers to the punk do-it-yourself ethic, put great thought into the flyers and posters advertising the band. The examples reproduced here mix and match influences with impunity and in satisfyingly lurid colors. Many approach the stoned magnificence of a Rick Griffin or Victor Moscoso creation from the Summer of Love. Others borrow from the legendary Big Daddy Roth-Robert Williams Rat Fink artistic corpus. Still others stand alone in bent glory; for instance, the Cat in the Hat poster in which Frankensteinish seams and electrodes adorn the green feline. Comic-book styles and fumetti technique are also employed to good advantage in fun and colorful creations that bid fair to overtake the band itself in renown. Loads of good, colorful fun; who knows what the band sounds like--or cares? Mike Tribby
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Sal Canzonieri is better known as the founder and guitarist in the High Energy Punk Rock and Roll band, Electric Frankenstein. He is the author of "Electric Frankenstein: High Energy Rock Art", being the first band to have an art book devoted to all their record covers and concert posters (first published by Dark Horse Books). This book is featured in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame !

Sal is the curator of the famed "A Fistful of Rock & Roll" compilations vinyl and CD series of 13 volumes of the best new punk rock n roll bands in the world.

Sal also curates art gallery shows in NYC and NJ.

Salvatore (Sal) Canzonieri has a BA degree in Behavioral Science, with a Concentration on 'Subcultures and Societal Change' from Drew University in Madison, NJ.

Mr. Canzonieri has been practicing traditional Chinese martial arts since 1975 in such styles as Shuai Jiao, Tong Bei, Shaolin, Taizu Chang Quan, Yue Jia Quan, Xing Yi, Tai Ji Quan, Ba Gua Zhang, and others. He began learning and practicing Qigong / Neigong since 1980.

He has been a certified instructor since 1998 by the International Congress of Oriental Medicine and Martial Arts to represent the state of New Jersey in Chinese Qigong and Internal Martial Arts.
From the mid 1980s, he studied Kabbalism, both Jewish and Christian, for many years at various schools in the New York / New Jersey area. He also studied Christian Mysticism and related philosophies for many years as well.

He has been conducting research in the history of traditional Chinese martial arts styles for over 20 years and is most known for his history based articles in various martial arts magazines, such as "Kung Fu Qi Gung" magazine, "Han Wei" magazine, and other publications all over the world (translated in Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Chinese languages).

Mr. Canzonieri has also judged routines for 5 years during the 1990s at the Han Wei Martial Arts Tournaments.

He also taught for over 20 years Qigong / Neigong and Martial Art classes for the Diversity Program and the Employee Health Program, at Bell Laboratories - Lucent Technologies, on ancient Shaolin methods of Qi Gong, Self Defense, and empty hand sets.

Mr. Canzonieri won a Theodore Vail Award (for saving person's life using his Neigong knowledge).

Currently, Mr. Canzonieri is the chief instructor of The Whippany Kung Fu Club and the Natural Chinese Martial Arts & Qigong School of NJ (over 20 years), and resides in New Jersey, USA.

Mr. Canzonieri taught Shaolin Neigong and Self Defense seminars in Valencia Spain in 2008 and 2009; and many private classes and seminars in Canada, and in the USA.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Planck on April 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
Everyone interested in great rock and roll should purchase this book at once. It is filled with Posters from many of the best Rock and Roll Poster creators from across the world. My mind is still reeling from the Posters.
This book is also a great look at the modern Hi Energy Rock and ROll Revolution that EF(Electric Frankenstein) is leading. Some of the Bills EF has played on are mind boggling. This book also has a nice history of EF that I enjoyed reading and so will you!
Sal Canzonieri has done a great job, leading EF and also creating this book and deserves all the support in the world.If you like your action High High, help EF conquer the World.
Eric
Mr. Rock-n-Roll
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle L. Wells on April 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
I just recently purchased this wondeful art book from Dark Horse! Electric Frankenstein is a brilliant High Energy, Punk Rock N' Roll band that's been putting out amazing records, and lots of 'em, for the last 13 years! This book pulls together tons of art created for the band over the years. Now the real special thing about the art that is created for EF is that it exhibits the same levels of High Energy and High Voltage Rock! This may be somewhat easy to achieve in a recorded or live musical medium but as a 2 dimensional poster or album cover it is so much more impressive! There are something like 130 different artists represented here ranging from well known legends and luminaries such as Kozik, Coop, Chantry, Petrucci and tons more to up and coming stars and current underground icons in the Rock art world like Alan Forbes, Dirty Donny, Johnny Crap, Rev. Wells, Johnny Ace and many more! This is a wonderful piece to add to any rock memorabilia collection, whether you are a fan of the band or just the art of rock n' roll!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Grushkin on July 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
In a word, this is about PASSION. The band is
passionate about performing rock & roll. The
poster artists are passionate about creating
artwork reflecting the band's punk rock & roll
ethos and its highly amused worldview.
The poster artwork, some actual advertisements,
some commemoratives, is superb. Many pieces are
frankly mesmerizing. Dark Horse has done an
excellent job of producing the works in accurate
color. Sal Canzonieri, one of the founding
bandmembers, has pulled together all the key
posters and CD artwork that's defined the band's
image since inception.
Electric Frankenstein developed its following
from posting "anonymous" flyers in the streets of
Manhattan,long before their first gig. People
wondered what Electric Frankenstein was supposed
to be. It was an inspired artistic prank, but
thankfully the band turned out to be quite real
indeed.
You can read more about Electric Frankenstein
in ART OF MODERN ROCK, which will be published
this Fall by Chronicle Books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elise Beaudry on July 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is one incredible art book. Very professionnaly done, very high quality reprints of stunning poster artwork done over the years for the excellent rock band Electric Frankenstein. If you love horror (especially vintage stuff like Universal monster movies and Famous monsters magazine) and if you love rock n' roll, you need this book. 160 full-color pages of some of the best undergound artist's renditions of the electric frankenstein theme. As a graphic designer by profession and fan of all things monsters, zombies and creatures, I really do appreciate the work done on these wonderful pieces of art, and I more than understand how big a job it is to scan the images and put together a book like this one. Very well done, beautiful art and lots of Boris Karloff! I'm very happy to own this, a great item that I will cherish for years to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Parkowski on April 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
Not only has Electric Frankenstein been making action packed, kick ass rock and roll for the last 13 years... they have an amazing collection of artwork to go along with it. You don't have to be an EF fan to appreciate this book. (but why the hell wouldn't you be?!) It's crammed page to page with with full color poster art, flash, and album art by some of todays top rock and roll artists, and tons of up and comming artists as well. It's one of the largest printed collections of it's kind, and a must for anyone who collects rock and roll memorabilia. It's beautifully printed and absolutely stuffed with eye candy. You MUST own this book.
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