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Swag: Rock Posters of the 90's Paperback – September 16, 2003

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Graphic art takes the spotlight in this collection of "swag"-the decorative concert ads that festoon lampposts, billboards and teenagers' walls. CD-packager Drate celebrates what he calls the "global poster movement" and features the work of 50 artists, from established graphic designers like Frank Kozik to newbies like Serigraphie Populaire, a duo who print all their posters by hand. Although many of the posters showcase the grunge and indie bands that sprung up during this new era of graphic design, there are samples from some mainstream musical acts who jumped on the wagon too: Bob Dylan and Ozzie Osbourne find their swag alongside Pearl Jam and Radiohead. The reprinted posters date from 1993 to 2002, with the nexus of work centered on the late 90s to the present (the subtitle is a bit misleading). Aside from Seattle designer Art Chantry's historical tour of rock posters in the introduction, the prose is minimal, leaving plenty of space for the surreal, satirical, raw sometimes ghastly vision of "classic sleazeball American trash culture." 250 color illustrations.
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"Welcome to the vivid, lewd world of '90s rock posters...rock posters aren't necessarily parasitic, but meaningful independent artworks." -- Blender
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (September 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810991152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810991156
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.5 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
Alot of people have been waiting for this book to come out. I am one. The book "looks" great, high quality design, printing, etc. The Chantry essay in the begining is excellent (but that is to be expected). But after that, it's all down hill. First glaring problem here. "Rock Posters of the 90's" is the title. Then why are half the artists in this book little known artists who never even MADE posters in the 90's? It's like putting out an album of "60's Rock Classics" and half of it is Leo Sayer and Doobie Bros. Another big problem with this book is it seems like there was absolutely NO RESEARCH done in it's making. Old Artrock catalogs are more informative. There are LOTS of artists who are not in here, and should. As there are lots of artists who are in here, that maybe shouldn't. And then big important artists like Mark Arminski, who is truely a pioneer of the poster world only gets one page??? Judging by the reviews of the "45 Cover" book by the same author, you can probably get them both for $5 after the holidays on the "cheapy" table, I now wish I waited to buy this. It is interesting that all of the probelms with the "45 cover" book, are evident in this book too. Sorry. Big let down. Save your money for the Electric Frankenstein book of all of their posters/cover art, and the Art of Modern Rock, which I think will rule!
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Swag is awesome! It's loaded with a variety of different styles of art, great bands, and a good write right up for each artist. It's the perfect book for your Coffee Table, I haven't had a single guest over that hasn't flipped through it and commented on it.
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poor quality artwork. not a fan of the the thin art. bad curation of pictures. try gig poster book 1
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can someone please make a poster version of the cover? it would look so good. or at least tell me how I could manage this
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