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 Five 11″ x 17″ previously unpublished archival giclee prints were produced in San Francisco under Stanley’s supervision directly from his original oil paintings and incorporated into an edition of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
Rock poster fans in the Bay Area will want to make note that Moonalice is hosting their annual 420 Tribal Pow-Wow this Saturday at Slim’s in San Francisco! Moonalice always makes their April 20 shows very special, and this year is no exception. Everyone who attends will be treated to a free packet of posters, totaling 15 in all, by artists Wendy Wright, Carolyn Ferris, Darrin Brenner, John Mavroudis, David Singer, Dennis Loren, Dennis Larkins, Dave Hunter, Lauren Yurkovich, John Seabury, Stanley Mouse, Lee Conklin, Ron Donovan, Wes Wilson, & Alexandra Fischer!
This year’s Moonalice Tribal Pow-Wow also serves as a benefit for Sweet Relief where all proceeds from the show will go to help Jim King get a surgery he desperately needs. In addition to ticket sales, priced at $4.20, a silent auction is also being held with many cool items including rock posters! More information on the items and event at Moonalice.com & MoonalicePosters.com or Buy Tickets now.
Slim’s San Francisco, CA