Ultraviolet: 69 Classic Blacklight Posters from the Aquarian Age and Beyond Paperback – October 1, 2009
"Devoted" by Dean Koontz
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About the Author
- Grade Level : 8 and up
- Item Weight : 1.26 pounds
- Paperback : 80 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0810979993
- ISBN-13 : 978-0810979994
- Product Dimensions : 9 x 0.25 x 14 inches
- Publisher : Harry N. Abrams; 1st Edition (October 1, 2009)
- Reading level : 13 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My three friends and I were making plans at his house in Brigantine (his parents were out) one night out in early 1972. Ben handed me a whiskey and coke, which I downed. A few mintues later, listening to music in his bedroom, under blacklight, I suddenly felt a strange "fizzing" in my head. I raced into the bathroom, and looking into the mirror saw my pupils were blown. He had dosed me with two tabs of notoriously powerful Orange Sunshine and I spent the next 22 hours listening to Ummagumma and staring at House of Stone and Koth the Dark Angel under black light. At times terrified, later ecstatic, then terrified again, it was an unforgettable "journey" into the cosmos (or maybe it was just my brain lit up like a pinball machine).
This book is obviously a labor of love and the lithography is very well done. Mr. Donahue must have a technique for taking the original poster, separating the component colors, and then reprinting in authentic fluorescents. He is missing fluorescent "red", but I suppose that is a quibble. For $15 the price and reproduction is excellent. The true pyschedelic poster "artists" from the West Coast and elsewhere are not represented here. These are largely "commercial" posters from that era.
There were thousands of commercial blacklight posters from that era (Endless Summer, The Burden of Life is Love, Keep Your Head) that aren't shown here (some of which I still own), and I would love to see a second volume with additional examples.
The only two negatives (I almost gave it 4 stars, but I really like the book!):
The binding is terrible. The first time we opened the cover, the binding broke. However, this does make taking pages out to mount as posters easier. This leads to the second negative - as a book, having the pages double-sided is great, but if you wish to turn them into wall-mounted posters, you have to choose which side gets shown.
That said, I really enjoy the book. I also bought a copy of it for a friend, even after the first had those problems.
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However, my original intentions were to have the posters all over my wall, this is only possible with half of them because the posters are spread out like a normal book with some on the back of others, so you have to choose your favourites. This is only a minor setback and I should have seen it coming, but don't expect to get 69 individual posters.
Overall this product is fantastic, if you look at the back on the barcode it says £12.99, which is already a great price but we get it for cheaper from Amazon :). I'm looking forward to removing the posters from the book and sticking them to my wall, they'll look great surrounding a larger UV poster with a UV light to set a nice atmosphere.
A very nice art book indeed.