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.

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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.

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