The Art of British Rock: 50 Years of Rock Posters, Flyers and Handbills

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Press:Frances Lincoln Frances Lincoln (September 1, 2010)
Publication Date:2010-9-1
ISBN:9780711231269
Author Name:Mike Evans
Pages:208
Language:English

Content

From custom-designed posters for provincial ballrooms in the late ‘50s to the computer-generated images of today, rock music illustration has reflected — and influenced — crucial changes in popular visual art. 
With classic examples (some unseen for many years) of key styles, including pop art, psychedelic illustration, punk "do-it-yourself," and digital imaging, the book documents the stunning visual style of British rock from the era of the Beatles and Rolling Stones to the present-day art of the Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, and the Kaiser Chiefs.
The book is arranged chronologically, and by genre within chapters, with art by both uncredited artists and internationally known designers and design groups, from Michael English, The Fool, and Alan Aldridge of ‘60s fame to Hipgnosis in the ‘70s, Central Station Design and 8vo in the ‘80s, and Dtylorouge and Designers' Republic in the ‘90s.
Special features in each chapter focus on a particularly influential designer relevant to the period being covered, while the introduction provides an overview of the history of rock graphic design, both in Britain and internationally.

About the Author

With a background as a musician on the 60s rock scene, Mike Evans began writing about popular music in the 70s. 
As a freelance journalist he was a regular contributor to Melody Maker and his work appeared in UK rock magazines including Sounds and Cream.
As author his books have included the much acclaimed The Art of the Beatles in 1984, the best-selling Elvis: A Celebration (2002), Waking Up In New York City in 2003, and Ray Charles: The Birth of Soul in 2005.
The Beats (an illustrated account of the Beat Generation) appeared in 2007, and Woodstock: Three Days That Shook the World in 2009.
He lives and works in London, dividing his time between writing and a freelance editorial consultancy.Ever since he first started working, Paul Palmer-Edwards has been lucky enough to combine his love of music, and of design and designing; from making coffee for Brian Eno, to pasting-up music ads and record covers for EMI records in the 1970s, he managed to find time to perform with a succession of bands (appearing on the short-lived Cabaret Futura live album).
Throughout the 1980s, he honed his design skills working for many of the major design companies of that era, while continuing to gig around London, until finally hanging up his guitar to concentrate on design.
In 2000, he co-founded Grade Design, specializing in publishing, and has since worked on many award-winning projects as well as being a regular contributor to the Mojo letters page.With a background as a musician on the 60s rock scene, Mike Evans began writing about popular music in the 70s.
As a freelance journalist he was a regular contributor to Melody Maker and his work appeared in UK rock magazines including Sounds and Cream.
As author his books have included the much acclaimed The Art of the Beatles in 1984, the best-selling Elvis: A Celebration (2002), Waking Up In New York City in 2003, and Ray Charles: The Birth of Soul in 2005.
The Beats (an illustrated account of the Beat Generation) appeared in 2007, and Woodstock: Three Days That Shook the World in 2009.
He lives and works in London, dividing his time between writing and a freelance editorial consultancy.Ever since he first started working, Paul Palmer-Edwards has been lucky enough to combine his love of music, and of design and designing; from making coffee for Brian Eno, to pasting-up music ads and record covers for EMI records in the 1970s, he managed to find time to perform with a succession of bands (appearing on the short-lived Cabaret Futura live album).
Throughout the 1980s, he honed his design skills working for many of the major design companies of that era, while continuing to gig around London, until finally hanging up his guitar to concentrate on design.
In 2000, he co-founded Grade Design, specializing in publishing, and has since worked on many award-winning projects as well as being a regular contributor to the Mojo letters page.

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  •     great book, excellent condition especially for the price
  •     Ok
  •     Great book for the other half of the world of poster art. Not everything was from San Francisco and this book details the English scene.
  •     Amazing!
  •     Gave this book as a birthday Gift. What a great books, tons of art, The title says it all. This book is very comprehensive and a great reference.
  •     This book is so inspiring, full of great art. Love it!
  •     Really helpful for anyone who likes music. Or graphic design. And perfect for anyone who loves both. It has not only small snippets about the context and artists of these wonderful musical "moments" in graphic design, but it has wonderful photos. Highly recommended.
 

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