The Story of The Face by Paul Gorman
The Magazine that Changed Culture

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The internet age had begun, and with it the global homogenisation of pop culture. In a sense, this huge, rich book is not about the Face at all, but British pop culture in the late 20th century, and how those good times ended.
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A landmark publication offering a definitive overview of one of the most influential transatlantic magazines produced in the 1980s and 1990s

Launched by NME editor and Smash Hits creator Nick Logan in 1980, The Face became an icon of “style culture,” the benchmark for the latest trends in art, design, fashion, photography, film, and music being defined by a thriving youth culture.

The Story of The Face tracks the exciting highs and calamitous lows of the life of the magazine in two parts. Part one focuses on the rise of the magazine in the 1980s, highlighting its striking visual identity―embodied by Neville Brody’s era-defining graphic designs, Nick Knight’s dramatic fashion photography, and the “Buffalo” styling of Ray Petr― and its unflinching approach to journalism. Contributors included a host of writers who subsequently made their impact in the wider world, from Julie Burchill, Robert Elms, Tony Parsons, and James Truman to Jon Savage, Richard Benson, and Sheryl Garratt.

Part two shows how in the 1990s, after surviving a disastrous Jason Donovan libel suit, the magazine heralded the post-acid house era of Britpop and Brit Art. However, after the magazine had become the engine of the booming British magazine industry, the end of this decade also saw the eventual demise of The Face. Including an introduction by Dylan Jones, The Story of The Face is an engaging behind-the-scenes look at the rise and fall of one of the 80s and 90s’ most influential music and style publications.

440+ illustrations in color and black and white
 

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Published December 5, 2017 by Thames & Hudson. 352 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography.
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Reviewed by Ekow Eshun on Dec 11 2017

The book that the magazine deserves is one that’s as adventurously designed and inspiring to read as the title itself. Anything less falls short of the publication’s own standards. It’s a story of the Face. But it’s not the story.

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Reviewed by Andy Beckett on Nov 01 2017

The internet age had begun, and with it the global homogenisation of pop culture. In a sense, this huge, rich book is not about the Face at all, but British pop culture in the late 20th century, and how those good times ended.

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