ROCK GRAPHIC ORIGINALS – REVOLUTIONS IN SONIC ART FROM PLATE TO PRINT 55-88
Peter Golding with Barry Miles Thames and Hudson Poster art from rock to psych and beyond, curated by counterculture icons.
This sumptuous volume of psychedelic posters and related ephemera is from the collection of Peter Golding, a fashion entrepreneur known as “the Eric Clapton of denim”. His archive, amassed over 50 years, covers the spectrum from early rock’n’roll package tours to blockbuster stadium shows. Context is provided by author Barry Miles. Midcentury America led the way in counterculture and the selection reflects this, concentrating on West Coast happenings. British clubs such as UFO are represented, as are key artists Mike McInnerney, Martin Sharp and more. Gary Grimshaw of the Grande Ballroom and Detroit Free Press is among the ‘sonic art revolutionaries’ who connected rock with politics. Lesser-known zines include Gandalf’s Garden, which was produced from a tea shop in the King’s Road that also sheltered the homeless. Background info is thorough, including progressive proofs in some cases, and you can learn more about each artist in the ‘Bios of the dudes’ listing. Stadium rock fans will love the section on festival stage sets. It’s a fascinating visual trip through the history of rock’n’roll promotion.