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Dateline 1967, Sunset Strip, Los Angeles: Robert Landau was right there, a kid destined to be a professional photographer, shooting his first pictures. Decades later, he rediscovered his Kodachromes, the only extensive collection of photographs that document those iconic billboards. Impassioned, he interviewed the artists, record producers, and designers who shaped those placards, bringing fresh insight to the culture of the day and its lasting impact on the world. He tells it like it was, through the people who lived the music, the time, the energy and the billboards.

A must for every rock lover, pop-art aficionado, and socio-culture freak, ROCK 'N' ROLL BILLBOARDS OF THE SUNSET STRIP is a coffee-table book to read and reread, view and review, a book with a beginning and, perhaps tragically, an end. Yes, the true rock 'n' roll billboard era ended, but Robert Landau has created a bound museum of its best artwork, a gallery that shows what was happening there. On the Sunset Strip.

About the Author

Robert Landau was born and raised in Los Angeles and has spent the better part of his life documenting various aspects of his native city. Beginning with the Sunset Strip billboards in the Seventies, Landau has compiled a vast archive of images depicting the unique characteristics of L.A.'s urban landscape and reflecting the city's offbeat character. Rock 'n' Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip marks Landau's fifth book; previous works include Outrageous L.A. (Chronicle Books, 1984) and Hollywood Poolside (Angel City Press, 1997).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Angel City Press (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883318394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883318390
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aside from being a beautiful and thoughtfully curated photo/coffee table book, Rock 'n' Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip also features insightful interviews with some of the most important people associated with the industry, as well has brief, engaging and extremely interesting articles on the process of bringing these billboards to life. The quality of the book is also amazing, the old kodachrome pictures read nice and clear on the large pages. Definitely a book to give to photo/art/music/history lovers.
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The New York Times Book Review
Billboards
By JONATHAN LETHEM
ROCK 'N' ROLL BILLBOARDS OF THE SUNSET STRIP
By Robert Landau
Illustrated. 206 pp. Angel City Press. $50.
On Sunset Boulevard, no traffic flow is gradual enough for the sensory occasion. The driver or his passenger, craning to take in a billboard's extent through the insufficient frame of a windshield, is seduced into variant environs: an idyllic pond in which a band wades fully dressed (Paul McCartney and Wings), a Sergio Leone western (the Eagles), a soft-edged surrealist fantasy­scape (Yes) or the hypnotized front row at a festival show (Neil Young). Or they're enticed onto some other street altogether: say, Abbey Road, once the 20-foot-high Beatles have crossed it -- but wait, someone stole Paul's head!

You might be induced to pitch forward into the illusion of intimacy with the musicians, as they slouch around a terrace or recording studio, or be swept into Jim Morrison's nostrils, Chaka Khan's cleavage or James Taylor's crotch. Images that originated on album covers or concert posters, or merely as negligible publicity stills, are transmuted by scale and setting into a vicarious dreamscape by those billboard artists -- the genius designers and publicists and painters -- whose work is captured in Robert Landau's lavish time tunnel of a picture book, "Rock 'n' Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip."

Oh, the book does contain text: extensive, well researched and full of respectful awe for the largely anonymous creators -- the industrial artists and, especially, the lost guild of those who hand-painted the billboards themselves.
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I bought this book because my former band was in, but I really enjoyed looking at the billboards that have define rock and roll as well as the Sunset Strip. Highly recommended if you're a music fan, especially a rock fan. I also highly recommend it if you want to own a piece of Hollywood history!
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If you are a baby boomer as I am and grew up immersed in the music and pop culture of the 70's you must own Rock 'N' Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip. Robert Landau has captured the essence of the era in beautiful photographs and text that will take you on a glorious stroll down memory lane.
If you are a graphic designer, a marketer, a music fan, an art lover or a student of our times, buy this book now.
It is a treasure and Robert Landau brings it to life in this very special book.
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Robert Landau showcases the signs of a time when rock music ruled the airwaves and the world -- when youth, politics, art and music merged to push counterculture into mainstream culture.... Savor this bound museum of the finest graphic arts masterpieces that celebrate a bygone era ... Enjoy the accompanying interviews with the record company execs, musicians, and revolutionary artists, designers and painters whose genius decorated a generation, and whose legendary work remains vibrant, provocative and inspirational.... Buy one for yourself, and more for your family and friends -- it's an elegant holiday gift that will be long treasured...
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Photographer Robert Landau’s book Rock ‘n’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip pays homage to this uniquely Californian form of music marketing and if you didn’t see them in their heyday of the late 60s, '70s and very early '80s, you’ll need this book as your tour guide. Because those days are gone; the oversized, handmade wooden creations advertising the latest sounds from The Doors, The Who and Stones, are now replaced with the usual suspects hawking beer, cars and The Gap. You can read my review in its entirety at allmusicbooksdotcom, but the book ultimately leaves me with the realization that these rock ‘n’ roll moments are all fleeting and soon fade. Robert Landau has authored a bittersweet visual document of a time, a place, and a fledgling industry the likes of which we won’t see again.
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A very nice piece of work , a work of love and passion . Great photos in spectacular colors , i travelled to California for the first time last fall and immediately felt the urged to get that book, as a music and advertising fan , i really appreciated the whole experience of discovering every page of it,
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By eileen on January 17, 2013
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Living in LA in the 70"s had plenty of opportunity to view these
firsthand...Sunset Blvd. has always been sort of iconic and this
book certainly is a work of the art...
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