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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; First Edition edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594743266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594743269
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.6 x 14 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Clay Hayes is the creator and proprietor of GigPosters.com. The Web site launched in 2001 and has grown to become the world’s largest historical archive of posters, with more than 100,000 works from thousands of designers. Visitors can browse and comment on gig posters, chat with fellow enthusiasts, purchase posters, upload their own creations, and more. To join the community online, please visit us at www.gigposters.com.

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It makes a great coffee table book.
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I love, love, LOVE this book and I can't wait for the second one to be released!
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Highly recommended for anyone's library.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carl D. Antone on August 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
Short review:
1) This is an excellent 1st Edition.

2) The author included hard to find and relevant examples that are definitive of the genre

3) Wide breadth of artists, designers, bands, styles, etc. represented

4) The number one reason this is a 5 Star book is that the production values are magnificent, the paper stock is heavy, the prints are beautiful, the typos are nil (I haven't found any), registration is on-key, color is great, binding is durable, jacket is great. This is a value in today's cut and paste culture of mass media. This book presents the content in way that makes you want to open it again and again. This book belongs on top of your coffee table.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hunchola on September 2, 2010
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Well it is IMHO. Got it yesterday and haven't been able to put it down. Simply put this book is fantastic and I was blown away. I bought it based on these other reviews as I hadn't seen a copy in real life. Glad I took the plunge.

I really like the way it is printed on nice, heavier stock and each page comes with perforations so you can tear out and display selected pieces as posters. It is a larger book (dimension-wise) and this lends itself well to the fact that it IS a poster book. Nothing worse than getting a new book on art posters or design and the like, only to find that the images are smaller than you'd like them to be and you miss out on great detail.

I'm often doing music and gig posters, so for me this is a great little asset for inspiration. It has a little write-up on each of the artists/creative studios with a website for each which is handy and personally always appreciated. I highly recommend this book. There is a wide range of artists and tons of stuff I haven't seen before.

There are something like 700 images and 100 rip out posters. I will now have to get a second copy so I can stick a few around the office and keep one for reference :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Heidi L. Rhyner on March 18, 2011
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I purchased this for my 16 year old who is way into music. Of all the things I got him for Christmas I think that this was his favorite. He hadn't heard of half the bands in this book which lead him on some great research and he discovered some really cool bands. He has the posters hanging all over his wall.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lee L. on January 28, 2010
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I can't offer anything new here, but I want to add to the numbers of those singing the praises of this collection of posters. It's worth every penny for a variety of reasons:

1. The layout of the book is that any page you open up, on the right hand side there will be a full page poster. On the back is info about the designer of the poster, plus a few smaller images of the designer's work. The kicker here is that that the pages are all perforated so you display the posters as art in your home. A lot of these posters are out of print or sold out from the designer, so whether or not you chose to keep the posters the size in the book or enlarge them, you now have the chance to display many rare and beautiful posters.

2. It makes a great coffee table book. This is a great conversation starter and most music fans will be delighted to discover this book either at the bookstore or at a friend's house.

3. It showcases what has become a legitimate art form over the past 10 years. These artists have style all their own in the same way that artists working in other mediums do. This book will most likely provide a shot in the arm to a burgeoning art scene.

Whether or not you use this book to decorate your home, or add it to your personal library, it's a fantastic book. I can't wait for Volume 2!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zach Wolf on January 19, 2012
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I bought the second edition for a gift and was extremely impressed, so I decided to buy the first as well. Both are outstanding quality in paper, print and quantity.

However, I personally like the variety in the second edition, compared to this one. If you're only getting one, I'd recommend the second.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam A Andrzejewski on January 14, 2012
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I bought this book for a co-worker. He is one of those hard to buy for people. When I started thinking about how much of a music buff he was, and how eclectic his taste was this book became the obvious choice.
Of course I took a quick peek through it before I wrapped. I have to say I will be buying a copy for myself! There are some posters that are removable for framing and display but I think I will leave my book whole.
It's great to see posters from small to large venue shows.
Don't know what else to say, if you are a music fan of any genre this book is definitely for you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L C Bilski on September 22, 2011
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I've been meaning to buy this book ever since I stumbled across it at Urban Outfitters. I've completely covered my dorm walls with about half of the book's posters and the uniqueness of all of the posters definitely sets them apart from any other band memorabilia that I was planning on buying! I love, love, LOVE this book and I can't wait for the second one to be released!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tony Brock on September 17, 2009
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This is simply a great book whether you're a music fan or art fan. The reproductions are perfect, the bios are helpful and insightful and the various art styles are refreshing to view.
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