Swag by Spencer Drate
Rock Posters of the 90's

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During the course of the 1990s, artists, musicians and fans began to re-conceive the art of poster making, turning away from the mass-produced products of corporate rock to re-embrace the DIY aesthetic of the punk era. With more than 250 posters by over 50 designers, this book is an introduction to the world of the concert poster art of the 1990s and the cutting-edge music it was created for - from Nirvana and Pearl Jam to Sonic Youth and the Velvet Underground.

About Spencer Drate

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Spencer Drate and Judith Salavetz are award-winning creative directors, designers, authors, curators, and packagers specializing in music and pop-culture books. Their many published works have covered diverse subjects within these genres: film animation and special effects, movie and rock posters, rock photography, graphic and Web design, and typography. They have designed for artists such as U2, Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ramones, Talking Heads, The Pretenders, Joan Jett, and Bon Jovi. Drate was a four-time judge on the Grammy music packaging committee, co-designed the Grammy Award-nominated album package "Talking Heads: Fear of Music", and wrote "45 RPM", the first visual history book on the 45 record sleeve. They both live and work in New York City.
Published September 16, 2003 by Harry N. Abrams. 160 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Although many of the posters showcase the grunge and indie bands that sprung up during this new era of graphic design, there are samples from some mainstream musical acts who jumped on the wagon too: Bob Dylan and Ozzie Osbourne find their swag alongside Pearl Jam and Radiohead.

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Austin Chronicle

At 160 pages, Swag 2: Rock Posters of the '90s and Beyond flips through like an exhibition catalog rather than a serious overview of the rock poster's second most prolific decade.

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