The Art of Classic Rock
For forty years Rob Roth has collected rare examples of rock tour posters, advertising posters, rock memorabilia, original artwork and items of merchandise. Many of the pieces of his vast collection are included in this beautiful book. His spectacular collection is so vast that it has never all been put on public display but when visitors to his spacious New York loft apartment - visitors like Elton John and Alice Cooper - caught a glimpse of some of the material Rob has collected over the years, they were amazed and urged him to let rock fans see the dazzling array of artefacts from the 70s and 80s.
Paul Grushkin is a widely regarded rock historian. He produced the immense Art of Rock, which became the standard work worldwide on rock posters, as well as co-writing The Art of Modern Rock. He is the co-author, with Joel Selvin, of Treasures of the Hard Rock Cafe, and with Cynthia Bassett and Jonas Grushkin, of Grateful Dead: The Official Book of the Dead Heads. Paul lives in San Francisco. Rob Roth is an internationally-renowned theatre director whose many productions include the award-winning Beauty and the Beast. He is a lifelong rock fan and rock memorabilia collector, continuing to add to his collection at every opportunity.
Each section of the book features a particular band covering different tours and different albums to show how design and graphic styles changed and to provide an overview of rock history from the period. An introduction to the section puts the images in context, outlining the stage the bands and acts had reached in their development and discussing the art and artists. Each piece that is portrayed carries a caption describing exactly what it is, while items with a particular story to tell are accompanied by longer, more detailed texts.