Street Art - The Punk Poster in San Francisco 1977-1981
San Francisco: Last Gasp, 1981. A very nice copy of this first edition, first issue. Softback with illustration to the front cover. Slight rubbing to the spine edges and slight bashing to the top edge of the spine. Loosely inserted is the original receipt from Printed Matter Inc in New York. Black and white illustrations throughout. Introduction by Brad Lapin. The book reproduces 126 black and white, Xerox and off-set posters, almost all of them advertising bands. The posters are augmented by Marian Kester's witty and offhanded text, which is in turn augmented by snippets of published interviews, articles on subjects like performance art and even excerpts from Walter Benjamin's mid-century essay entitled: Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. Brad Lapin's introductory: 15 Theses provides effective theoretical counterpoint to Kester's more narrative/anecdotal brand of cultural history, by placing the mass-produced punk poster within the context of McLuhan, industrial society and youthful rebellion. 128 pages. 280 x 225 mm (11 x 8¾ inches).