The Art of the Classic Rock Poster
Meanwhile punk was in the basment mixing up fresh revolution, and again music and visuals went hand in hand. Punk artists sought shock images. Jamie Reid’s ransom note typography for the Sex Pistols was straight out of fifties gangster movies. Vivienne Westwood, resurrected Bettie Page fetish art, and the homoerotic drawings of Tom of Finland, while Xerox machines produced a smudged and muddy visual anarchy.
In the 21st rock has fragmented into dozens of subgenres – death metal, thrash metal, speed punk, cow punk, various graduations of goth, hiphop and gangsta rap – each with its own style and imagery. Classic Rock Posters concludes by showing outstanding artwork generated by artists working for genre bands and how this may again be the road to stimulating art and cultural good health. (Mick Farren)
Classic Rock Posters by Mick Farren and Dennis Loren is available from www.omnibuspress.com
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