Poster Art Books
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This is a listing of the various books I have in my reference library that have to do with posters. Publishing information, including title, author, publisher, date published, ISBN number, page length, and a brief summary is provided about each book in an effort to aid anyone who wants to obtain copies of these works.
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Poster Art Books
- The Afterthought - West Coast Rock Posters & Recollections from the `60s by Jerry Kruz
- The Art of British Rock-50 Years of Rock Posters, Flyers and Handbills by Mike Evans with Paul Palmer Edwards
- The Art of Classic Rock by Paul Grushkin
- Art of the Dead - A Celebration of the Artists Behind the American Rock Poster Movement edited by Philip Cushway
- The Art of the Fillmore Bill Graham Presents, Writer Gayle Lemke
- The Art of Rock by Paul D. Grushkin
- Classic Rock Posters - Sixty Years of Posters and Flyers: 1952 to 2012 by Mick Farren and Dennis Loren
- The Collectors Guide to Psychedelic Rock Concert Posters, Postcards and Handbills 1965-1973 by Eric King
- Dreams Unreal - The Genesis of the Psychedelic Rock Poster by Titus O'Brien
- Film Posters of the 80s - the essential movies of the decade edited by Tony Nourmand and Graham Marsh
- The Flyer Vault - 150 Years of Toronto Concert History by Daniel Tate and Rob Bowman
- Get on Down - A Decade of Rock and Roll Posters Edited by Mick Farren
- High Art - A History of the Psychedelic Poster by Ted Owen and Denise Dickson
- High Societies - Psychedelic Rock Posters of Haight Ashbury by Sally Tomlinson and Walter Medeiros
- Off the Wall - Psychedelic Rock Posters from San Francisco by Amelie Gastaut and Jean-Pierre Criqui
- The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Concert Posters by Amanda Sheriff
- Pop Art of Sheffield's King MOJO and Beyond by Peter J. Stringfellow, Dave Manvell & Paul Norton
- Rock Graphic Originals - Revolutions in Sonic Art - From Plate to Print '55 - '88 by Peter Golding
- Rock 'n' Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip by Robert Landau
- Summer of Love - Art of the Psychedelic Era edited by Christoph Gruenberg
- 12 X 12 Inside Merchandising Catalog
Other Poster Art Books
- The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes - The Art of Alan Aldridge by Alan Aldridge
- It Must Be Art - Big O Poster Artists of the 60s & 70s by Nigel Suckling
- Reasons to be Cheerful - The Life and work of Barney Bubbles by Paul Gorman
- EMEK ...the thinking man's poster artist... - Collected Works of AaarghT by EMEK
- 3-D Eye - The Posters, prints and paintings of Michael English (1966 to 1979) by Michael English
- Johnny - The Work of Psychedelic Artist John Hurford compiled and editied by Jonathan Hill
- Carl Lundgren - Great Artist by Carl Lundgren
- The Psychedelic Rock Art of Carl Lundgren by Carl Lundgren
- The Rock Concert Art of Carl Lundgren 1967-1969 - A Book of Postcards by Carl Lundgren
- Martin Sharp - His Life and Times by Joyce Morgan
- Armadillo World Headquarters by Eddie Wilson and Jesse Sublett
- California Dreams - The Art of Stanley Mouse by Blair Jackson
- Electrical Banana - Masters of Psychedelic Art by Norman Hathaway and Dan Nadel
- Rick Griffin by Gordon McClelland
- Homegrown - Austin Music Posters 1967 to 1982 by Alan Schaefer
- Kieser, Plakate
- Victor Moscoso - Psychedelic Drawings 1967-1982
- Rock Posters by Jim Phillips
- Sex, Rock & Optical Illusions - Victor Moscoso - Master of Psychedelic Posters & Comix by Victor Moscoso
- Keiichi Tanaami
- The White Rabbit and Other Delights - East Totem West - A Hippie Company 1967-1969 by Alan Bisbort
- Tadanori Yokoo
- Tadanori Yokoo: Be Adventurous by Setagaya Art Museum / Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
Poster Art Books
The Afterthought - West Coast Rock Posters & Recollections from the `60s
Author: Jerry Kruz
Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books, Canada, 2014, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-77160-024-8, 250 pages, signed.
Synopsis: A look back at the concerts he promoted, and the posters from each, by Jerry Kruz. Includes concerts in Vancouver, Canada, and on the West Coast. Features a picture of the Sky River Rock Festival poster from September 3, 1968 (Pink Floyd is listed on the poster, but did not appear).
The Art of British Rock-50 Years of Rock Posters, Flyers and Handbills
Authors: Mike Evans with Paul Palmer Edwards
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Limited, 2010, hardcover, ISBN 978-0-7112-3126-9, 212 pages.
Synopsis: A book that looks at British rock & roll posters. Features Pink Floyd posters from the 5th Dimension, Birdcage, Queens Hall, Leeds, Tulip Bulb Auction Hall, Spalding, Westfield College, Hampstead, and a chapter on Hipgnosis. Also includes prog rock, glam rock, punk, new wave Brit rock and state of the art posters.
The Art of Classic Rock
Author: Paul Grushkin
Publisher: Goodman, 2009, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-84796-007-8, 255 pages.
Synopsis: A book that covers rock & roll memorabilia from Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Elton John and Queen. Features 36 pages of Pink Floyd memorabilia including posters, programs, promos, and trade ads.
Art of the Dead - A Celebration of the Artists Behind the American Rock Poster Movement
Editor: Philip Cushway
Publisher: Soft Skull Press, 2012, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-59376-502-6, 179 pages.
Synopsis: A book about the artists who created many of the rock posters, from the 1960s onward. Includes information about Wes Wilson, Stanley Mouse, Alton Kelley, Victor Moscoso, Rick Griffin, Lee Conklin, David Singer, Bonnie Maclean, Randy Tuten, Gary Grimshaw, Peter Max, and many others. Features a picture of a blue line illustration board by Rick Griffin, for concerts at the Avalon Ballroom on August 2-4, 1968, that includes Pink Floyd, but was never used. Also has a picture of a Pink Floyd poster for the Fillmore by Bonnie Maclean, and an autographed copy of the Pink Floyd Pig poster for the concerts at the Oakland Coliseum on May 9-10, 1977, by Randy Tuten and William Bostedt.
The Art of the Fillmore - The Poster Series 1966-1971
Authors: Bill Graham Presents, Writer Gayle Lemke
Publisher: Acid Test Productions, 1997, hardcover, ISBN 1-888358-09-2, 240 pages.
Synopsis: A book of the Fillmore concert posters, together with full color reproductions of all the posters and biographies of the artists. Includes color pictures of all the Pink Floyd Fillmore posters.
The Art of Rock
Author: Paul D. Grushkin
Publisher: Artabras, 1987, hardcover, ISBN 0-89660-025-4, 516 pages.
Synopsis: An excellent book on the history of rock poster art. Includes the history and pictures of some rare Pink Floyd posters.
Classic Rock Posters - Sixty Years of Posters and Flyers: 1952 to 2012
Authors: Mick Farren and Dennis Loren
Publisher: Metro Books, 2012, U.S., hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-4351-3705-9, 256 pages.
Synopsis: A history of rock and roll posters. Features numerous Pink Floyd posters, including Notts County Football Ground 1969, CIA UFO 1967, Animals 1977, Knebworth 1975, the back catalog, and P-U-L-S-E.
The Collectors Guide to Psychedelic Rock Concert Posters, Postcards and Handbills 1965-1973
Author: Eric King
Second edition: Svaha Press, 1996, 457 pages, 150 copies printed.
Eleventh edition: Eric King, 2018, 893 pages.
Synopsis: A private issue book listing numerous rock concert posters from The Family Dog 1965-1970, Bill Graham Numbered Fillmore West 1966-1973, Russ Gibb/Grande 1966-1970 and Neon Rose 1966-1968, with numbers, dates, bands, venues and pictures of the posters (poster reproductions are low quality black and white). Features detailed information on various Pink Floyd concert posters.
Dreams Unreal - The Genesis of the Psychedelic Rock Poster
Author: Titus O'Brien
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press, U.S., hardcover, 2019, 373 pages, ISBN: 978-0-8263-6150-9.
Synopsis: A book on the history of psychedelic rock posters. This book covers only U.S. posters, nothing from the U.K. or Europe. Includes a picture of one of the 1967 Pink Floyd Fillmore posters.
Film Posters of the 80s - the essential movies of the decade
Editors: Tony Nourmand and Graham Marsh
Publisher: The Overlook Press, 2005, hardcover, ISBN: 1-58567-200-9, 127 pages
Synopsis: A look at movie posters from the 1980s. Features the poster for the movie Pink Floyd-The Wall.
The Flyer Vault - 150 Years of Toronto Concert History
Authors: Daniel Tate and Rob Bowman
Publisher: Dundurn, Canada, 2019, softcover, ISBN: 9781459745421, 305 pages
Synopsis: A book of flyers and concert ads for music shows in Toronto. Pink Floyd is very briefly mentioned for their Toronto 1973 concert. No Pink Floyd pictures.
Get on Down - A Decade of Rock and Roll Posters
Editor: Mick Farren
Publisher: Big O Publishing Limited, U.S., 1977, softcover, ISBN 0 905664 01 9, 95 pages.
Synopsis: A book about music posters. Features pictures of numerous posters, including Pink Floyd at UFO, Pink Floyd CIA-UFO, Rome Pop Festival 1968, Pink Floyd at Middle Earth, and Pink Floyd at 5th Dimension, Leicester.
High Art - A History of the Psychedelic Poster
Authors: Ted Owen and Denise Dickson
Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing Ltd, 1999, ISBN 1-86074-256-4, 175 pages.
Synopsis: A large book about the history of psychedelic concert posters. Covers The American Scene, The British Scene, The New Wave, concert promoters, venues, and poster artists. Includes various full color reproductions of early Pink Floyd posters.
High Societies - Psychedelic Rock Posters of Haight Ashbury
Authors: Sally Tomlinson and Walter Medeiros
Publisher: San Diego Museum of Art, 2001, softcover, 89 pages.
Synopsis: Published by the San Diego Museum of Art to coincide with an exhibition of posters at the museum. Features a variety of San Fransisco posters, including the KPFA 1967 benefit poster with Pink Floyd listed.
Off the Wall - Psychedelic Rock Posters from San Francisco
Authors: Amelie Gastaut and Jean-Pierre Criqui
Publisher: Thames & Hudson, 2005, U.K., softcover, ISBN 0-500-28554-3, 144 pages.
Synopsis: A book of rock concert posters from San Francisco in the 1960s. Includes full page full-color high quality reproductions of a variety of psychedelic posters. Features pictures of a couple of the Pink Floyd Fillmore posters from 1967.
The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Concert Posters
Author: Amanda Sheriff
Publisher: Gemstone Publishing, 2017, U.S. softcover, ISBN 9781603602013, 256 pages.
Synopsis: A book about concert posters and collecting them. Includes chapters on posters by specific bands, as well as poster artists. Pink Floyd is mentioned in the section on Bonnie MacLean.
Pop Art of Sheffield's King MOJO and Beyond
Authors: Peter J. Stringfellow, Dave Manvell & Paul Norton
Publisher: Youbooks, U.K., 2008, softcover, ISBN 978-190527821-3, 98 pages, signed by Paul Norton.
Synopsis: A book about the art from the various Sheffield, England clubs. Includes posters from King MOJO, The Penthouse, The Ark Club, Broken Wheel Club, and the Victoria Ballroom. Features a picture of the poster of Pink Floyd at the King MOJO Club on May 7, 1967.
Rock Graphic Originals - Revolutions in Sonic Art - From Plate to Print '55 - '88
Author: Peter Golding
Publisher: Thames & Hudson, 2018, U.S., softcover, ISBN 978-0-500-29353-9, 224 pages.
Synopsis: A look at concert posters from 1955 to 1988. Focus is primarily on West Coast posters. Includes a number of different Pink Floyd posters.
Rock 'n' Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip
Author: Robert Landau
Publisher: Angel City Press, 2012, U.S., hardcover, ISBN 978-1-883318-39-0, 208 pages.
Synopsis: A wonderful collection of photographs of promotional billboards that were put up on the Sunset Strip. Features Pink Floyd billboards for Obscured by Clouds, Animals, and The Wall. Also gives a brief history of the billboards.
Summer of Love - Art of the Psychedelic Era
Editor: Christoph Gruenberg
Publisher: Tate Publishing, 2006, softcover, ISBN 1-85437-595-4, 240 pages.
Synopsis: A look at psychedelic art, from lifestyle to poster art, music, drugs and sex. Includes some mentions of Pink Floyd art. Published by the Tate Liverpool gallery in conjunction with one of their art exhibits in the summer of 2005.
12 X 12 Inside Merchandising Catalog
Publisher: Sal Forlenza / Phil Jaffe, 1977, 76 pages.
Synopsis: A 1977 merchandising package with promo posters, including one for Pink Floyd's Animals.
The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes - The Art of Alan Aldridge
Author: Alan Aldridge
Publisher: Abrams, U.S., 2009, 240 pages, hardcover, ISBN: 978-0-8109-0596-2.
Synopsis: A history of the art of Alan Aldridge. Features three pages of stills from the 1969 unreleased animated film "The Adventures of Rollo: The Boy Who Wasn't Who He Thought He Was," which had a soundtrack by Pink Floyd. Also includes the poster for the Kralingen Pop Festival, 1970, that included Pink Floyd.
It Must Be Art - Big O Poster Artists of the 60s & 70s
Author: Nigel Suckling
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2018, U.S. hardcover, ISBN 978-0-7643-5548-6, 303 pages.
Synopsis: A book about concert poster artists. Includes artists such as Martin Sharp, Roger Dean, Heinz Edelmann, HR Giger and others. Features a picture of a poster of Harvery Goldsmith with Pink Floyd mentioned. Lots of illustrations.
Reasons to be Cheerful - The Life and work of Barney Bubbles
Author: Paul Gorman
Publisher: Adelita Ltd., 2010, hardcover, ISBN 978-0-9552017-4-5, 224 pages.
Synopsis: A book about the British artist Barney Bubbles, perhaps best known for his work with Hawkwind. Includes various Pink Floyd references, as well a pictures of album covers done by Barney Bubbles that are related to Pink Floyd (such as the Damned-Music for Pleasure, and Hawkwind-Astounding Sounds, Amazing Stories).
EMEK ...the thinking man's poster artist... - Collected Works of AaarghT
Publisher: Gingko Press, Inc., 2018, hardcover, ISBN 978-158423-307-7, 272 pages.
Synopsis: A book about the poster artist EMEK, and his many works of art. This book mainly covers his poster art from 2002-2010. Features a picture of the Coachella 2008 poster that he created (Roger Waters performed at this festival, but is not mentioned on the poster).
3-D Eye - The Posters, prints and paintings of Michael English (1966 to 1979)
Author: Michael English
Publisher: Perigee Books, 1980, first edition, softcover, ISBN 1399-50497-4, 107 pages.
Synopsis: A book documenting the art of Michael English, one of Britain's legendary poster artists, and former member of design team Hapshash and the Coloured Coat. Includes a biography of Michael English, a history, and full-page, full-color reproductions of his art. Includes Pink Floyd posters from the UFO Club on June 2, 1967, the 5th Dimension on September 22, 1967, the Middle Earth Club on March 16, 1968, and The First International Rome Pop Festival in May 1968.
Johnny - The Work of Psychedelic Artist John Hurford
Author: compiled and editied by Jonathan Hill
Publisher: Sunrise Press, U.K., 2006, hardcover, 166 pages, ISBN: 0 9511448 9 8.
Synopsis: The life and work of artist John Hurford. Features poster art that was used for a Pink Floyd poster. Also includes a look at the London Underground sites, with a mention of Pink Floyd at the UFO Club.
Carl Lundgren - Great Artist
Author: Carl Lundgren
Publisher: Gator Press Publishing Co, 1993, U.S., softcover, 120 pages, limited first edition, signed and numbered 2353/3000.
Synopsis: Recollections of his life by Carl Lundgren. Features a picture of the Who / Pink Floyd 1968 Grande Ballroom card he drew, plus explains why it was only a card and not printed as a poster.
The Psychedelic Rock Art of Carl Lundgren
Author: Carl Lundgren
Publisher: Hermes Press, 2015, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-61345-077-2, 192 pages, no index.
Synopsis: A book about the art of Carl Lundgren, who is a Detroit poster artist. Features Pink Floyd posters from the Grande Ballroom, July 12, 1968, Oakland Pop Festival, September 1, 1968, Olympia Stadium, October 31, 1968, and commemorative posters for the Grande Ballroom, Easttown Theater, Olympia Stadium, and Cobo Arena.
The Rock Concert Art of Carl Lundgren 1967-1969 - A Book of Postcards
Author: Carl Lundgren
Publisher: Pomegranate Artbooks, 1994, ISBN: 0-87654-102-3
Synopsis: A postcard-sized artbook of the concert art of Carl Lundgren, one of the Detroit, Michigan graphic artists of the late 1960s who designed numerous posters for rock concerts at the Grande Ballroom and other local venues. Includes official reprints of thirty of Lundgren's postcard posters, including the Pink Floyd poster for the Grande Ballroom concert on July 12, 1968, and the Oakland Pop Festival poster with Pink Floyd listed on September 1, 1968.
Martin Sharp - His Life and Times
Author: Joyce Morgan
Publisher: Griffin Press, Australia, 2017, softcover, ISBN: 978-17601117-5-5, 338 pages
Synopsis: A book about Australian artist Martin Sharp. He recollects instances of seeing Pink Floyd in the 1960s in London, and the influence it had on him.
Other Poster Art Books
Armadillo World Headquarters
Authors: Eddie Wilson and Jesse Sublett
Publisher: TSSI Publishing, U.S., 2017, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-4773-1382-4, 502 pages.
Synopsis: Although this book is about the Austin, Texas music venue, the Armadillo World Headquarters, this book is filled with pictures of the posters for the venue. Includes a 61 page appendix of poster art. No Pink Floyd content, however.
California Dreams - The Art of Stanley Mouse
Author: Blair Jackson
Publisher: Soft Skull Press, 2015, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-59376-546-0, 240 pages.
Synopsis: A look at the life and art of Stanley Mouse, one of the premiere San Francisco poster artists. Includes poster art and album cover art. Does not contain any Pink Floyd art, although he was an influence on other artists of the time period.
Electrical Banana - Masters of Psychedelic Art
Authors: Norman Hathaway and Dan Nadel
Publisher: Damiani, 2011, Italy, softcover, ISBN 978-88-6208-204-4, 208 pages.
Synopsis: A book about psychedelic poster artists and their works. Covers Heinz Edelmann, Martin Sharp, Dudley Edwards, Marijke Koger, Keiichi Tanaami, Mati Klarwein, and Tadanori Yokoo. Contains no Pink Floyd content other than period influences.
Author: Gordon McClelland
Publisher: Last Gasp, U.S., 2002, 95 pages, softcover, ISBN: 0-86719-408-1.
Synopsis: A look at the art and life of Rick Griffin. No Pink Floyd content, but he was an influence.
Homegrown - Austin Music Posters 1967 to 1982
Editor: Alan Schaefer
Publisher: University of Texas Press, 2015, hardcover, ISBN 978-0-292-76819-2, 168 pages.
Synopsis: Posters from Austin, Texas and the surrounding areas. Includes such venues as the Armadillo World Headquarters and the Vulcan Gas Company. Posters are listed by bands, poster artist, venue, date and size. No Pink Floyd posters are listed.
Publisher: Verlag H. Schmidt, Germany, 1995, hardcover, 136 pages.
Synopsis: A book about the artwork of German poster artist Gunther Kieser, published by the Museum fur Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt am Main. Written in German with lots of illustrations.
Victor Moscoso - Psychedelic Drawings 1967-1982
Publisher: Andrew Edin Gallery, New York, March 6-April 25, 2015, softcover, ISBN 978-0-9778783-8-3, 95 pages.
Synopsis: A museum book about West Coast poster artist Victor Moscoso and his artwork from 1967 to 1982. Includes drawings and posters for artists such as The Who, The Doors, and Zap Comix. Although this book does not contain any specific Pink Floyd references, Moscosco's work influenced numerous other Pink Floyd poster artists.
Author: Jim Phillips
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2006, softcover, ISBN 0-7643-2531-0, 208 pages.
Synopsis: A book giving an historical look at Rock Posters by Jim Phillips. Lots of excellent full page reproductions of posters by a Boston poster artist.
Sex, Rock & Optical Illusions - Victor Moscoso - Master of Psychedelic Posters & Comix
Author: Victor Moscoso
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books, Seattle, 2005, hardcover, ISBN 1-56097-657-8, 143 pages.
Synopsis: A book of art by Victor Moscoso. Includes full page color reproductions of some of his most interesting works.
Publisher: ggg Books - 76, Japan, 2006, hardcover, ISBN: 978-488752357-9, 63 pages, with obi.
Synopsis: A book written in Japanese about the artist Keiichi Tanaami. Includes numerous full color illustrations of his posters.
The White Rabbit and Other Delights - East Totem West - A Hippie Company 1967-1969
Author: Alan Bisbort
Publisher: Pomegranate Artbooks, U.S., 2000, softcover, ISBN 0-7649-0011-1, 77 pages, first edition, signed by Joe McHugh.
Synopsis: A book about the East Totem West poster company. Includes a history with pictures of posters and postcards.
Publisher: ggg Books - 28, Japan, 1997, hardcover, ISBN: 4-924956-28-7, 63 pages, with obi.
Synopsis: A book written in Japanese about the artist Tadanori Yokoo. Includes numerous full color illustrations of his posters.
Tadanori Yokoo: Be Adventurous
Author: Setagaya Art Museum / Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
Publisher: Kokushokankokai Inc., Japan, 2008, hardcover, 265 pages.
Synopsis: A book of the art of Japanese graphic designer Tadanori Yokoo. Published in conjunction with his art exhibitions in Japan. Features pictures of many of his posters. Written in Japanese.