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POP

Brian Griffin

£40.00

‘This book is not only a slice of time but a slice of my life never to be forgotten, that has left its mark on me and in a small way on rock n’ roll history.’ Brian Griffin

‘POP’ is a comprehensive exploration of the music photography of Brian Griffin... ​​Read More

‘This book is not only a slice of time but a slice of my life never to be forgotten, that has left its mark on me and in a small way on rock n’ roll history.’ Brian Griffin

‘POP’ is a comprehensive exploration of the music photography of Brian Griffin shot for album covers, single sleeves, posters and press. The 350 pages of this new book are illustrated over 160 record covers from more than 100 bands and musicians including many which are previously unpublished – including Ian Dury, The Clash, Depeche Mode, Echo And The Bunnymen, Iggy Pop, Kate Bush, The Specials, Elvis Costello and many more.

Brian Griffin first began photographing the music world for STIFF records in the late 1970s and soon became the predominant visual chronicler of New Wave, Post-Punk and the New Romantics. Working from his studio in Rotherhithe, often on low budgets and before the age of photo-shop, Griffin’s technical naivety resulted in major visual invention. How these photographs were executed and the techniques which were employed or invented, is explained in a Q&A between Griffin and the author Terry Rawlings. Punctuating the photographs and album artwork, this conversation provides illuminating and highly-personal behind-the-scenes insights to this distinct creative period in music and visual history.

Another section of the book contains portraits of important figures in the music industry such as the Beatles producer George Martin, Brian Eno, John Peel and Daniel Miller and portraits of the people that worked alongside Brian including stylists and builders of his light machines. Paul Gorman, author of Reasons To Be Cheerful: The Life and Work of Barney Bubbles, has written an additional essay on the close working and personal relationship between graphic artist Barney Bubbles and Griffin. There is also a description of what the area of Rotherhithe in South East London, where Brian had his studio, was like in the 1980s.

Published by GOST
Essays by Terry Rawlings and Paul Gorman
200 x 253 mm
Hardcover
392 pages
Cloth cover with two colour screen print.
Four different coloured cover options (Please note - cover will be sent at random).
1st Edition, 1000 copies
November 2017
English
ISBN 978-1-9104011-3-2