Crackling with sexual tension, comic flourishes, macabre drama, and science fiction clichés, rock posters are as vibrant and varied as the music they celebrate—and more popular today than ever. With imagery that ranges from eye-popping and crassly outrageous to subtle and esoteric, these graphic manifestos of rock rebellion have matured into a full-blown phenomenon, four decades after the first great wave of rock art roared out of San Francisco in the 1960s.

In Swag 2: Rock Posters of the '90s and Beyond, Spencer Drate and Judith Salavetz have collected a fascinating assortment of images created by 50 of the most important poster artists working today—from 1960s pioneers such as Jim Phillips to gifted painters to graphic design studios as diverse as Patent Pending Industries and Asterik Studio. The foreword, coauthored by Nels Jacobson and Dirk Fowler, provides a fitting introduction to this colorful world where rock posters reign supreme.

Swag 2 is a raucous compendium of contemporary rock art that provides a kaleidoscopic snapshot of our time.

Authors and graphic designers Spencer Drate and Judith Salavetz have created CD packages for many artists, including Lou Reed, U2, and Talking Heads, and organized the first show on special CD packaging. They both live in New York. Nels Jacobson, founder of Jagmo, has been creating rock posters and lecturing about poster art for 25 years. He lives in San Francisco. Dirk Fowler has been a designer and art director since the early 1990s and is Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University. He lives in Lubbock, Texas.

265 full-color illustrations, 160 pages, 9 x 12
ISBN: 0-8109-9235-3
EAN: 978081099235-1
LIST PRICE: US $29.95 / CAN $41.95
Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

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