The Art of Rock

Paul Grushkin

Published by Abbeville Press

The best-selling visual journey through 30 years of rock ‘n’ roll, from the posters of Elvis’s early shows to the artwork of iconic punk gigs. Published by Abbeville Press.

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The Art of Rock

‘[This] exhaustively researched compilation brings together more than thirty year’s worth of the best and brightest rock posters and art work.’

  1. Rolling Stone

Electric, outrageous, erotic, rebellious – rock concert posters are the visual equivalent of the music they advertise. The Art of Rock traces the history of this energising art form from the bold letterpress posters advertising Elvis’s early shows, to the multi-coloured fantasies of the psychedelic era and the avant-garde collages of new wave and punk.

More than 1,500 posters and other graphics – tickets, backstage passes, buttons, hand-bills – are presented in their original blazing colours (or stark black and white, as the case may be). The accompanying text features dozens of exclusive interviews with musicians, concert promoters and the poster artists themselves, including legends like Stanley Mouse, Alton Kelley, and Wes Wilson—who also designed the cover of this book. Written by rock historian and collector Paul Grushkin, this visual extravaganza and valuable reference is an essential volume for every music and art lover.

‘A literate, loving look at the poster’s evolution.’

  1. Chicago Tribune

Production Details

Published by Abbeville Press
516 pages
1,600 illustrations, most in full colour
251mm x 298mm