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They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening

Craig Oldham

£24.99

Written and directed by legendary filmmaker, John Carpenter, They Live is a science-fiction action film that, despite being dismissed by critics upon its initial release in 1988, has earned its status as one of the 80s most revered cult films – its distinct visual style inspiring countless homages and references across... ​​Read More

Written and directed by legendary filmmaker, John Carpenter, They Live is a science-fiction action film that, despite being dismissed by critics upon its initial release in 1988, has earned its status as one of the 80s most revered cult films – its distinct visual style inspiring countless homages and references across the worlds of politics, art, music, comics, literature, philosophy, and of course film ever since. 

They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening, the new book by designer Craig Oldham, explores and examines the film’s influence and impact, as well as its continued relevance in our current political climate. The book, published by Rough Trade Books, is designed to replicate the iconic magazine picked up by the movie's star, wrestler 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, upon first putting on the mysterious sunglasses and discovering the truth about the world around him. It even smells like bubblegum.

Features include:

Foreword from director, John Carpenter and published by Rough Trade Books.

Original contributions from John Grant, Slavoj Zizek, Shepard Fairey, Roger Luckhurst, and Brandalism

Original short-story in full by Ray Nelson

Comic Book adaptation in full by Ray Nelson and Bill Wray

Rare and unseen archive material exploring the film’s genesis

Subliminal commands hidden throughout the book

Specialist glyph typeface of the alien language (Formaldehyde-face)

Rare archive imagery from Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Guerrilla Girls, the LA Times, the Reagan family, the Trump Campaign and WWE.

Published by Rough Trade Books
Design by Craig Oldham
Foreword from director, John Carpenter
21 x 28 cm
Softcover
172 pages
2019
English