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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Gig Posters: Rock Show Art of the 20th Century Book Review

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Gig Posters: Rock Show Art of the 20th Century Book Review

About the Book: Since 2001, has been the Internet's first and best resource for rock-show poster art; their massive online database showcases more than 90,000 posters from 7,000 different designers, including all of today's top poster studios. Gig Posters Volume I highlights the 700+ best examples in their collection, including 101 perforated and ready-to-hang posters for bands such as Radiohead, Wilco, the Decemberists, the Shins, Arcade Fire, Sleater-Kinney, and more. Among the many designers contributing to this collection are Rob Jones (of White Stripes fame), The Decoder Ring (house artists for Modest Mouse), Patent Pending, Tara McPherson, and more. Packaged in an oversized 11-by-14-inch paperback, Gig Posters Volume I is a spectacular compilation of rock show art (and one hell of a cheap way to decorate a dorm room or apartment).

Our Take: The first thing that you notice about this oversized softcover book is the dynamic artwork and color.  Its rife with the fantastic images that you see on rock posters!   The book is printed on a high-quality cardstock-style paper. 

The bands featured in this book are primarily more obscure ones, such as the Melvins, the Frames and Minus the Bear.  No Rolling Stones or Nine Inch Nails here.  At first I was a little bummed about that fact, but then I considered that its so common to find imagery from these larger iconic bands, and often the beauty of the posters from the smaller gigs that you see at local bars and clubs are so valuable.  Its nice to see so many of them archived not only in the book, but the website that the book is based on

The book is listed as volume 1, so hopefully we'll get more editions in the near future!  This book is great for any music fan.  It includes perforated pages, so that you can tear out 101 posters to hang on your own walls!  A fantastic value and a great conversation piece.

How to Buy: or the Quirk Books Site