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From Library Journal
In its 30-year history, Rolling Stone (RS) magazine has never used stock illustrationsDgeneric, on-demand drawings that many newspapers and magazines use not only to cut costs but also to avoid offending readers. Art, as Rolling Stone Press Editor Holly George-Warren writes in the introduction, scares people, but luckily RS has an audience that expects a little hellfire. Thus Charles Burns's Tide-detergent box cameo of Little Richard, which humorously follows John Collier's painting of an aghast-looking Frank SinatraDit's as if the original bobby sox dream is anticipating the Beatles-led degeneration to come. In all, award-winning RS art director Woodward chose over 200 striking pieces from almost 100 artists, including Ralph Steadman, Robert Risko, and Al Hirschfeld as well as younger artists like Green & Read. Many of them contributed mini-autobiographies and anecdotes that make the art that much more fun to look at. For instance, here is Steadman on the genesis of his Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas illustrations: "The sequence of events that [led] to my doing the thing was like being sick. I was throwing up, and the throw-up was in fact in the drawings." An excellent addition to popular illustration collections.DHeather McCormack, "Library Journal"
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
As art director, Fred Woodward has earned Rolling Stone more design awards than any other magazine in the United States, including most recently the National Magazine Awards' General Excellence Prize. Woodward, who holds the distinction as being the youngest-ever inductee into the Art Directors Hall of Fame, is currently the chairman of the prestigious annual American Illustration.
For the first time ever, Rolling Stone has collected the best paintings, caricatures, and drawings ever to grace their pages. Award-winning art director Fred Woodward has created a mesmerizing compendium that serves as a who's who of the illustration world, matching the talents of Ralph Steadman, Milton Glaser, and Philip Burke with famous faces like those of Patty Hearst, Bob Dylan, and Kurt Cobain. Snippets of interviews with both the subjects and the artists illuminate the subjective and interpretive process of illustration. ("I've tried to control my image, but my flesh keeps failing to cooperate," says Pete Townshend.) Featuring over 100 boldly colored illustrations, Rolling Stone: The Illustrated Portraits not only captures the gamut of personalities and figures who have shaped the last quarter of the century but does so with the originality and style that is quintessentially Rolling Stone.