Off the Wall: Psychedelic Rock Posters from San Francisco


Off the Wall: Psychedelic Rock Posters from San Francisco
by Amelie Gastaut (Editor), Jean-Pierre Criqui (Editor)

This book is about the artwork of the classic “Psychedelic Rock Posters From San Francisco”

A collection of more than one hundred posters from San Francisco’s psychedelic rock music scene includes pieces created by such definitive designers as Wes Wilson, Victor Moscoso, and Rick Griffin, in a volume complemented by a history of psychedelic rock music and the movements that influenced its corresponding poster design. The posters are mostly Bill Graham Presents and Family Dog posters from the 1967-1970 timeframe. Has several full page reproductions of Lee Conklin’s work in color which is real nice, since you get to see the linework with color up close. A very worthwhile addition to any social history/art library with quality full colour plates. Exceptionally well written and illustrated. Excellent color reproductions with full page reprints of most of the posters featured.
In the mid-1960s, San Francisco rock, or psychedelic rock, emerged in Haight Ashbury, fueled by the use of hallucinogenic drugs like LSD. Groups and musicians such as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Santana and others rose to prominence and in turn influenced musical groups around the USA and in other parts of the world, from the Velvet Underground to Sly and the Family Stone to The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. The posters announcing the concerts that were held at places such as the fabled Fillmore and the Avalon Ballroom matched the revolutionary music with their brilliant, swirling colours and hallucinogenic imagery. Created by some of the most inventive graphic designers of the era, including the ‘Big Five’ of psychedelic poster design – Wes Wilson, Victor Moscoso, Rick Griffin, Alton Kelley and Stanley ‘Mouse’ Miller – these groundbreaking posters reflect a singular moment in the history of American culture. Unconventional posters from this memorable period, stunningly printed in five colours to best reproduce the rich hues and dizzying patterns of the originals. The accompanying texts explain the influences ranging from Art Nouveau and Op Art on psychedelic poster design, and discuss the contributions of dozens of artists.

Publisher : Thames & Hudson (June 1, 2005)
Language : English
Paperback : 144 pages
130 full page color reproductions
Printed and bound in Germany by Steidl
ISBN : 978-0500285541
Item Weight : 10.6 ounces  (700 gr)
10.5 x 7.2 x 0.5 inches (27 x 19 cm)