ART OF MODERN ROCK: THE POSTER EXPLOSION is the first
and last word on the finest rock concert posters of the past fifteen
years, a period of unprecedented explosion in poster-making activity
for both the biggest names in rock as well as the most highly regarded
new rock acts......read what the Library Journal has to say about it here.
A massive 11" x 13", 492-page book, this long-anticipated
sequel to rock historian Paul Grushkin's ART OF ROCK: POSTERS FROM PRESLEY TO PUNK,
considered the bible of rock poster art worldwide, is the must-have book
for rock music fans and poster collectors.
ART OF MODERN ROCK showcases the work of scores of
modern pop-art masters, including Frank Kozik, Derek Hess, Lindsey Kuhn,
Mark Arminski, Firehouse, Emek, Jermaine Rogers, Justin Hampton, Jeff
Kleinsmith, Drowning Creek, Hatch Show Print, The Ames Brothers, Scrojo,
and over 300 others from all over the world.
spectacular work includes eye-opening posters for rock's greatest
bands (Rolling Stones, Phish, Metallica) and the most exciting new
bands (Queens of the Stone Age, White Stripes, The Strokes) on tour
and at key gigs.
Modern rock posters, while wildly individual, encompass cutting-edge
stylistic approaches and a daring, often controversial use of imagery.
Authors Paul Grushkin and Dennis King, two of rock's premier historians
and experts on rock & roll
art, gathered the posters from over 8,000 submissions worldwide, and provide
critical overview and augmented, detailed profiles of the artists as well
as commentary on key works. They have dug up spectacular treasures, and persuaded
prominent artists to allow their best and most sought-after works-including
the great limited-run screenprints-to be included. ART OF MODERN ROCK
is a bona fide publishing event.
"The book is insanely nice. It's KICKASS." -Frank Kozik
Paul Grushkin, who has spent 25 years as head of sales for the largest rock & roll
merchandising companies (Winterland, Sony Signatures), authored the immense ART
OF ROCK, which is the standard work worldwide on rock posters. He is the co-author,
with Joel Selvin, of TREASURES OF THE HARD ROCK CAFÉ, and with Cynthia Bassett
and Jonas Grushkin, of GRATEFUL DEAD: THE OFFICIAL BOOK OF THE DEAD HEADS.
Dennis King is an internationally recognized authority on contemporary
posters; rock & roll posters, graphics, and screenprints, and Japanese popculture
artifacts. He maintains one of the largest private poster collections in the
world. King operates the D.King Gallery in Berkeley, CA, which services an extensive
poster-related website at www.dking-gallery.com,
and sponsors the highly respected informational site rockpostercollector.com.
Wayne Coyne, founder and lead singer of The Flaming Lips,
authored the preface to ART OF MODERN ROCK. The band has excelled in modern,
alternative rock for nearly 20 years. The Flaming Lips was founded in 1983. The
band plans to release a feature-length film, "Christmas on Mars" later
this year. Noted Coyne in his preface, "Rock posters have hypnotic
powers. Maybe it's the different dimensions of the lettering, or maybe
it's the colors the artists use, or maybe it's because of some strange,
unintentional miracle in their design, but I've believed in them and
have wanted to leap (into their world) and infuse myself with them. In
some respects the birth of what would end up being The Flaming Lips was
conceived in those moments. Not by the posters alone, but by seeing first
hand-like the posters-how one could self-create oneself."
ART OF MODERN ROCK: THE POSTER EXPLOSION
Published by Chronicle
Books December 1, 2004
Press contact: Leslie Davisson email@example.com
Download a PDF version of the press release here.