ART OF MODERN ROCK: THE POSTER EXPLOSION

Art of Modern Rock: The Poster Explosion is set to be the first and last word on the finest rock concert posters of the past 15 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.

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 will showcase the work of scores of modern pop-art masters, including Frank Kozik, Derek Hess, Lindsey Kuhn, Mark Arminski, Emek, Jermaine Rogers, Justin Hampton, Jeff Kleinsmith, Drowning Creek, Hatch Show Print, The Ames Brothers, Scrojo, and over 200 others from all over the world.

This spectacular work will include 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.

Wayne Coyne, founder and lead singer of The Flaming Lips, wrote the thought-provoking preface to Art of Modern Rock. Coyne and The Flaming Lips are nominated for a 2004 Grammy in the Best Alternative Music Album category, for the band's recent EP Fight Test, released by Warner Bros. They were awarded Best Rock Instrumental Song for "Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon (Utopia Planitia)," from the 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. The Grammy Awards will air live on CBS from 8-11 p.m. on February 8.

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 'n' roll art, gathered the posters from nearly 8,000 submissions worldwide, and provide the critical overview and augmented, detailed profiles of the artists as well as commentary on key works.

They have dug up spectacular treasures, and persuaded the 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.

Art of Modern Rock: The Poster Explosion
$60; October 2004

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