A Celebration of the Artists Behind the American Rock Poster Movement
The Art of the Dead by Phil Cushway showcases the vibrant, charismatic poster art that emerged from the streets of San Francisco in 1964 and 1966. It traces the cultural, political, and historical influences of posters as art back to Japanese wood blocks through Bell Époque, on to the Beatniks, the Free Speech Movement, and the Acid Tests. Featuring interviews and profiles of the key artists, including Rick Griffin, Stanley “Mouse” Miller, Alton Kelley, Wes Wilson, and Victor Moscoso.
The book includes over 200 large and small reproductions of pieces relating to the Grateful Dead and offers a trip through time with a focus on the artists and the development of the rock poster as a modern art form.
The cover of the book was adapted from a 1995 Grateful Dead Mardi Gras poster by Troy Alders.
It was just announced that there is a special Art of the Dead limited edition art print box set by Stanley Mouse, a key architect of this legacy. Five 11″ x 17″ previously unpublished archival giclee prints were produced in San Francisco under Stanley’s supervision directly from his original oil paintings and incorporated into an edition of 225.
Read more about the Art of the Dead and the Limited Edition prints at artofthedead.com
Attention poster fans in the Bay Area, Moonalice and UC Santa Cruz will celebrate the public opening of the Grateful Dead Archive on Friday, June 29, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at McHenry Library (aka Dead Central) If you can’t attend, Moonalice will be streaming this event LIVE for free on Moonalice.com
The celebration will take place on the south lawn of McHenry Library and feature music from Moonalice, a renowned Northern California band known for its extended musical improvisations and strong ties to the Grateful Dead.
Admission is free, light refreshments will be served, and all those who attend will receive a free copy of the masterpiece pictured above by legendary artist David Singer!!! (Hat tip to Alton Kelley)
Join the poster discussion on ExpressoBeans.com
Parking for the event will be available in both the Performing Arts and Hahn Services lots. Signage at UCSC’s main entrance will guide visitors to these two lots. Temporary parking permits may be purchased for $3 from attendants in the Performing Arts and Hahn Services lots.
Grateful Dead Archive, Santa Cruz, CA