Gig poster art has been adored by some for years. DIY album art and concert announcements have been collected by some smarty-pants hoarders since punk exploded. But Swissted: Vintage Rock Posters Remixed and Reimagined by Mike Joyce is the first book I have seen that lovingly remakes posters of punk, indie and alternative artist concert posters and turns them into something entirely different. Like covering a song and transforming it so that it is unrecognizable, Joyce turns gig posters into wholly new works of art. Instead of freaky or bizarre art designed to shock, confuse, or generally stop a viewer in his/her tracks, Joyce revisits posters using a Swiss modernist design. No black and white photocopies here, we're talkin' bright, primary colours, clean, lower-case band names, and clarity over colour. No artist pics, no album covers, no extraneous exhortations or slogans, just 200 perforated ready-to-frame posters featuring everyone from Alice in Chains to Bad Brains to Nirvana to Yo La Tengo to The Zeros. Wow.
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