Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Grateful Dead art book to publish

ART OF THE DEAD (December 2012, Counterpoint Press)  showcases the vibrant, charismatic poster art that emerged from the streets of San Francisco in 1964 and 1966. It traces the cultural, political, and historical influences of posters as art back to Japanese wood blocks through Bell Époque, on to the Beatniks, the Free Speech Movement, and the Acid Tests. Featuring interviews and profiles of the key artists, including Rick Griffin, Stanley "Mouse" Miller, Alton Kelley, Wes Wilson, and Victor Moscoso.

The book uses the Grateful Dead as the vehicle to tell the story of poster art as The Dead were the band that ultimately proved to be the most substantive and engaged partner for the artists and hence featured the best art of any rock 'n' roll band ever. It follows a chronological evolution of the art from the band's origination in 1965 through Jerry Garcia's death in 1995.

ART OF THE DEAD is in four-color throughout, featuring iconic and rare images as well as extensive "process" material, including sketches, original art, blue lines, film, and printing plates that show how the art was created. It also includes essays by Greil Marcus, Peter Coyote, and Victoria Binder, as well as essays on the elements of the printing process from the original art to the final poster.

Ultimately, the ART OF THE DEAD makes the case that poster art is truly an original form of American fine art.

Phil Cushway is the owner of Artrock, the most extensive collection of rock posters in the world. He is widely credited with reviving interest in the original posters as well as spawning a whole new
generation of artists. He has published over 500 prints for bands like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and The Grateful Dead. He has published all of the key artists including, Griffin, Moscoso, Mouse, Kelley, Wilson, Kozik, Armiski and Coop.

Title: Art of the Dead
ISBN-13: 978-1-59376-502-6
Pub date: December 04, 2012
Format: 208pp, 9 x 11 7/8, hardcover
US Price: $45.00
CDN Price: $49.50

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