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Authoritative, eye-popping, and massive, Art of Modern Rock is the first and last word on contemporary concert posters. An art form that has grown hand-in-hand with the independent music scene, heralding small and large gigs alike, the posters have emerged from visually creative street-level notices to prized collectibles rendered in a variety of styles and media. Today's Authoritative, eye-popping, and massive, Art of Modern Rock is the first and last word on contemporary concert posters. An art form that has grown hand-in-hand with the independent music scene, heralding small and large gigs alike, the posters have emerged from visually creative street-level notices to prized collectibles rendered in a variety of styles and media. Today's poster artists combine the expressive freedom pioneered in the poster revolution of the 1960s with the attitude and the do-it-yourself approach of the punk scene, creating an unprecedented surge of innovative poster production on an international scale. Featuring over 1,600 exemplary rock posters and flyers from over 200 international studios and artists, Art of Modern Rock is the long-anticipated sequel to coauthor Paul Grushkin's The Art of Rock. Profiles and quotes from the pioneers in the field and their emerging heirs share nearly 500 gloriously packed pages of poster after mind-blowing poster. As brash and colorful as the burgeoning scene it documents, Art of Modern Rock is the must-have book for music and poster fans and collectors.


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Authoritative, eye-popping, and massive, Art of Modern Rock is the first and last word on contemporary concert posters. An art form that has grown hand-in-hand with the independent music scene, heralding small and large gigs alike, the posters have emerged from visually creative street-level notices to prized collectibles rendered in a variety of styles and media. Today's Authoritative, eye-popping, and massive, Art of Modern Rock is the first and last word on contemporary concert posters. An art form that has grown hand-in-hand with the independent music scene, heralding small and large gigs alike, the posters have emerged from visually creative street-level notices to prized collectibles rendered in a variety of styles and media. Today's poster artists combine the expressive freedom pioneered in the poster revolution of the 1960s with the attitude and the do-it-yourself approach of the punk scene, creating an unprecedented surge of innovative poster production on an international scale. Featuring over 1,600 exemplary rock posters and flyers from over 200 international studios and artists, Art of Modern Rock is the long-anticipated sequel to coauthor Paul Grushkin's The Art of Rock. Profiles and quotes from the pioneers in the field and their emerging heirs share nearly 500 gloriously packed pages of poster after mind-blowing poster. As brash and colorful as the burgeoning scene it documents, Art of Modern Rock is the must-have book for music and poster fans and collectors.

30 review for Art of Modern Rock: The Poster Explosion

  1. 5 out of 5

    Johnny Di Donna

    Biased review, as I'm one of the artists in this book. The first book, The Art of Rock, was my Bible when I was a kid, & introduced me to artists who'd become personal heroes of my career; Stanley Mouse, Shawn Kerri, & Rick Griffin. I'd stay up all night getting baked & stealing all I could from that book. A group of poster artists came together in Philly for a monster poster show called Artifacts of the Improbable, including live music at the Trocadero. I heard that author Grushkin was going to Biased review, as I'm one of the artists in this book. The first book, The Art of Rock, was my Bible when I was a kid, & introduced me to artists who'd become personal heroes of my career; Stanley Mouse, Shawn Kerri, & Rick Griffin. I'd stay up all night getting baked & stealing all I could from that book. A group of poster artists came together in Philly for a monster poster show called Artifacts of the Improbable, including live music at the Trocadero. I heard that author Grushkin was going to be there & was stoked, I just wanted to say thank you for the first book. Little did I know he'd interview me & include me in the publication. For me, it as like being asked to be the 13th apostle. The book is stellar, over 400 artists from around the planet, (& before this book, who knew there were poster artists in Transylvania?) creating some of the best art on the planet for every band that ever payed music. The book design is inspired, with themed chapter that breaks down the styles & genres. You'll need hours to make it through,... My copy is signed & marked by at least 30 of these artists, who are close personal friends. Nyah nyah!! Also check out the companion books by co author Dennis King. The Poster girls book in particular includes more of my work, including two posters on the back cover. Yes, I'm geeking out. You would too if you were in this one! ;)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Onecard

    Narrates the story of one of the most original and amazing genres in music; rock n' roll. It's very descriptive about dates, people and concerts. A very underrated book. Narrates the story of one of the most original and amazing genres in music; rock n' roll. It's very descriptive about dates, people and concerts. A very underrated book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael Duckworth

    Narrates the story of one of the most original and amazing genres in music; rock n' roll. It's very descriptive about dates, people and concerts. A very underrated book. Narrates the story of one of the most original and amazing genres in music; rock n' roll. It's very descriptive about dates, people and concerts. A very underrated book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brian O'daniel

    I absolutely love this book! Yeah, there's technically not much to "read," but who cares? It's packed with some of the most eye-catching imagery you'll ever see, and that's exactly the point. It's probably the most worn coffee table book I own. The dust cover on it was already torn and tattered when I found the book in the store from all the previous customers who obviously couldn't resist it either. I didn't even care, because the book was still in good shape, and I had to have it all to myself I absolutely love this book! Yeah, there's technically not much to "read," but who cares? It's packed with some of the most eye-catching imagery you'll ever see, and that's exactly the point. It's probably the most worn coffee table book I own. The dust cover on it was already torn and tattered when I found the book in the store from all the previous customers who obviously couldn't resist it either. I didn't even care, because the book was still in good shape, and I had to have it all to myself! Definitely the most perused of all of my art books, and I have a lot of them, being a graphic designer myself. Simply put: pure unadulterated eye candy worth its weight in gold (and it's a HEAVY book).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    I borrowed this book to use in my uni work, and I loved it. Not a book full of textual reading as the majority was imagery, but the text parts provided some lovely insights into the designers works and the techniques/genres on show. The images are stunning and I was spoilt for choice for material to use. I couldn't put the book down once I'd started reading as I was constantly scanning the pages in appreciation of the poster designs. Brilliant collection. I borrowed this book to use in my uni work, and I loved it. Not a book full of textual reading as the majority was imagery, but the text parts provided some lovely insights into the designers works and the techniques/genres on show. The images are stunning and I was spoilt for choice for material to use. I couldn't put the book down once I'd started reading as I was constantly scanning the pages in appreciation of the poster designs. Brilliant collection.

  6. 5 out of 5

    P.M. Bradshaw

    If you're a fan of poster art, this is the book for you! Nearly 500 pages of nearly every band you can think of, from Green Day to Electric Frankenstein. Beautiful large coffee-table book, with big, beautiful, color graphics. If you're a fan of this form or art, you'll find more than one page you'll consider framing. If you're a fan of poster art, this is the book for you! Nearly 500 pages of nearly every band you can think of, from Green Day to Electric Frankenstein. Beautiful large coffee-table book, with big, beautiful, color graphics. If you're a fan of this form or art, you'll find more than one page you'll consider framing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    Huge coffeetable book. Wasn't as balanced as I thought I'd be. Think it focuses on posters created in the late 90's early 00's; much more recent poster art is vastly diverse. Nice glossy reprints, though. Huge coffeetable book. Wasn't as balanced as I thought I'd be. Think it focuses on posters created in the late 90's early 00's; much more recent poster art is vastly diverse. Nice glossy reprints, though.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stewart

    Pretty awesome book if you're into poster art. Pretty awesome book if you're into poster art.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    favorite of Nicco's favorite of Nicco's

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I love this book! Some of my friends were in this book. This was really the first book that melded together the second wave of screenprinting and gigposters.

  11. 4 out of 5

    joke

    i love this book because is very very good for that moments when you are boring

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gigi Minor

    Visual overload! Raw talent with color explosion!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bobby Dixon

    Biased as I'm one of the artists in the book, but it's comprehensive and full of gigposter goodness. Biased as I'm one of the artists in the book, but it's comprehensive and full of gigposter goodness.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Madness

    Rock art a good book for fans of this genre of music

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rishi

    whenever i start a new design project i flip through this thing first - for inspiration

  16. 4 out of 5

    Codester

    This book makes me want to buy all of the music posters in existence.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    the sweetest part of this book was coming across a poster from a show I was at in athens years ago.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nicco Mele

    I love this rich visual book and frequently page through it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Zack

    $70 but worth it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maria

  22. 4 out of 5

    brian r.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Broadley

  24. 5 out of 5

    Clarita El

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jisung0624

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Martillana

  27. 4 out of 5

    RI Cardo

  28. 5 out of 5

    Younes

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tyra Holsborugh

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rechelle Golimlim

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