- 212 Pages
- Illustrated in Color
- Released: August 15, 2013
- Originally Released: 2013
- Publisher: Frances Lincoln Limited Publishers
Description by OLDIES.com:
Celebrating a half century of design in posters, flyers and advertising ephemera, The Art of British Rock
highlights the UK's distinct contribution to rock'n'roll graphics. 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 indie guitar bands, cutting edge soloists and contemporary clubland.
Arranged chronologically, The Art of British Rock features more than 350 posters ranging from the work of anonymous artists to internationally acclaimed designers including the Hapshash group in the 60s, Hipgnosis and Barney Bubbles in the 70s, and Malcolm Garrett, Peter Saville and Vaughan Oliver in the 80s and beyond. All are the subject of special features within each chapter. Concluding with the mix of retro and state-of-the-art design that has characterized rock poster illustration in the first decade of the 21st century, this is a unique account of more than 50 years of British rock'n'roll art.
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.