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The Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk Hardcover – October 16, 1987

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press (October 16, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896595846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896595842
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 10.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,445,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By W. Creswell on July 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Bought it several years ago and I can't think of a book that i've refered back to as often as this. The in-depth coverage of the artrock scene is superb. It is epecially in-depth on the psychedelic era of the sixties when posters were in their renaissance.

CAVEAT EMPTOR!: Make sure you get the full size version NOT the pocket sized edition! Pocket size is nice but you will definately want the FULL SIZE version.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Royce Emley on December 9, 2004
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Back in the 60's I designed a rock poster that is now a collecters item. Very few people ever knew who designed it. I found the poster and my name on page 258 and in the credits he lists me as the artist. This man did his homework. If I'm there then he got the rock art scene covered down to the finest detail. Some of my oldest friends are only now discovering the poster from 1969 and what I created 35 years after the fact. It is my newest history book.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Keith on December 13, 2004
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This is a great book - bought because of a recommendation of a "rock poster society" (trps.org) member. Just be aware that there is a "mini" version that makes a great stocking stuffer, but it's not the full size original. So, if you're paying $10 for a hardcover version online, assume it's the mini, not the $50 version, and you won't be disappointed.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
I wish I saw the previous review before I bought this book, because let me tell you, it is 100% accurate. This book is a piece of trash; it's completely worthless. The whole point of this book is to show off this beautiful art and how can you do that on a 4 inch page? While paging through this book I pratically felt sick for spending the money on it, and also because of the disgrace it makes of the original. Please, don't make the same mistake I did; Don't waist your money on this book. Seek out an original in a used book store. It will probably cost quite a bit, but it's worth it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1998
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The Art of Rock (or AOR to rock concert poster enthisiasts) is a classic work that every collector must have. The hard-cover, now out of print, is a much-sought-after reference book with wonderful illustrations.
In contrast, the paperback "reprint" is tiny in size and almost useless except for generating revenue for a publisher that misleads buyers into thinking that this is a faithful reproduction of the original. It isn't. Don't waste your money on the paperback. Search used-book sources for the original hardcover. The time it tales you to find it is well rewarded with superb illustrations of classic graphic artists of rock concerts in the 60's and 70's.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bethany Primrose on August 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is absolutely the most comprehensive collection of poster art celebrating rock n' roll. Whether thumbing thru and glancing at the artwork, or carefully reading the history behind each piece, it is a thoroughly enjoyable book. DON'T buy the paperback version of the book, as the images are a great deal smaller, and not near as magnificent as the hardcover edition.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By jim warner on November 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was unaware this "book" is only 4x5 inches.Kind of defeats the purpose of looking at posters.
Man, what a rip off. The type on some of the "posters" is so small,that you will need a magnifying glass to read what band it is for.
Don't waste your money
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By illnoise on November 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
When this book came out in the 80s, it made a huge splash and it was the first book of its kind. It was a bestseller despite its size and expense and everybody had to have it. But I felt cheated by the subtitle (From Presley to Punk) because it's probably more than 75% Bill Graham-era psychedelic 60s posters. The earlier and later stuff felt tacked-on, with limited examples and little perspective. The author should have stuck to his strengths, or done more research. As it is, this book is obviously fantastic if you're interested in the west coast 60s music scene, but kind of a disappointment if you're looking for an overall history of the rock poster.

(this is a review of the original hardcover version, the paperback might be different)
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