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Rock 'n' Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip Hardcover – October 9, 2012
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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.
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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.Read more ›
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.
firsthand...Sunset Blvd. has always been sort of iconic and this
book certainly is a work of the art...
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If you love R&R and LA of the late 60s through the 80s, you need this book.Published 20 months ago by Kingo Gondo
This is a fantastic book which captured the art of the billboards on Sunset. The background information on the creation of the billboards enhanced the photos - it is a great... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sandra J.
If you're interested in reading about classic bands or artists and L.A. then this is the book for you. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by dudeMPdude
A great view of a time gone by when music acts were mystical. You will surely enjoy the pictures and stories.Published on January 7, 2014 by frank lee phisdopf
What I didn't like, not enough rock n roll pictures. What I did like, the history. I remember seeing a lot of those billboards on the stripPublished on October 28, 2013 by Likeicrejones
I love this book! Growing up in L.A. I remember seeing these billboards, so this book took me back in time to the glory days of Rock and Roll.Published on September 5, 2013 by Roger Yee