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by Peter Saville,Billy Bragg,Barney Bubbles,Malcolm Garrett,Art Chantry,Paul Gorman

eBook Reasons To Be Cheerful: The Life and Work of Barney Bubbles epub
  • ISBN: 0955201748
  • Author: Peter Saville,Billy Bragg,Barney Bubbles,Malcolm Garrett,Art Chantry,Paul Gorman
  • Genre: Photography
  • Subcategory: Graphic Design
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Adelita; 1 edition (February 28, 2011)
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • ePUB size: 1618 kb
  • FB2 size 1492 kb
  • Formats docx lrf doc lit


Bubbles' life and work encompasses the late 60's and early (hippie) 70's as well as the punk rock and post-punk era. He is closely identified with early Elvis Costello among others. The book takes the reader from the beginning in the 60's up until the 80s when sadly, Bubbles took his own life.

Bubbles' life and work encompasses the late 60's and early (hippie) 70's as well as the punk rock and post-punk era. His work with Stiff records paralells what Peter Saville did for Factory yet Bubble's style is less "clean" and classic; constantly opening itself up and disgesting style culture quotations

Reasons to be Cheerful: The Life and Work of Barney Bubbles is a book about British graphic artist Barney Bubbles (July 1942 – November 1983)

Reasons to be Cheerful: The Life and Work of Barney Bubbles is a book about British graphic artist Barney Bubbles (July 1942 – November 1983). Written by Paul Gorman, the book incorporates an essay by Peter Saville, a foreword by Malcolm Garrett, an introduction by Billy Bragg and a conversation with US practitioner Art Chantry.

Reasons to Be Cheerful book. Billy Bragg, Depeche Mode and The Specials. Bubbles created his own idiom, amalgamating Expressionism, Dada, Constructivism and Concrete poetry into a Rock context. An excellent overview of the life and works of Barney Bubbles, the original 'Rock n Roll' Art Director, who designed Record Covers and posters for Hawkwind, The Damned, COSTELLO, Nick Lowe, Ian Dury, Billy Bragg and all at STIFF records.

Foreword by Malcolm Garrett. Text by Paul Gorman, Peter Saville. Interview by Art Chantry. Introduction by Billy Bragg. More than a quarter century after his death, graphic design genius Barney Bubbles remains a powerful influence on contemporary artists.

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Reasons to be Cheerful: The Life and Work of Barney Bubbles is a book about British graphic artist Barney Bubbles (July 1942 – November 1983).

A more academic approach to Bubbles work, Reasons To Be Cheerful : The Life and Work of Barney Bubbles, was published in 2010. Written by Paul Gorman, and with contributions from Peter Saville, Malcolm Garrett, Billy Bragg and Art Chantry, we see the progression of Bubbles’ work from schoolboy to superstar record designer, via The Conran Group (where he designed the Strongbow logo), and also encapsulating his videography, such as The Specials’ Ghost Town, and his fine art, which many considered his first love. Still, graphic design was where he turned the status quo upside down.

His art also graces the covers of albums by Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello (the stampeding elephants on Armed Forces are his work, as is the camera-wielding Costello of This Year's Model), The Damned, Depeche Mode, Ian Dury and Nick Lowe, and he designed as well for Sir Terence Conran and underground magazines Oz and Friends.

Reasons to be Cheerful: The Life and Work of Barney Bubbles is a book about British graphic artist Barney Bubbles (July 1942 – November 1983)

Reasons to be Cheerful: The Life and Work of Barney Bubbles is a book about British graphic artist Barney Bubbles (July 1942 – November 1983). Barney Bubbles was an English graphic artist whose work encompassed graphic design and music video direction. Bubbles, who also sketched and painted privately, is best known for his distinctive contribution to the design practices associated.

More than a quarter century after his death, graphic design genius Barney Bubbles remains a powerful influence on contemporary artists. Bubbles is perhaps best known for the legendary record album covers and posters he created for Hawkwind, in styles ranging from Art Deco to Constructivist to black light/acid trip. His art also graces the covers of albums by Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello (the stampeding elephants on Armed Forces are his work, as is the camera-wielding Costello of This Year's Model), The Damned, Depeche Mode, Ian Dury and Nick Lowe, and he designed as well for Sir Terence Conran and underground magazines Oz and Friends. When the first edition of Reasons to Be Cheerful was released in 2009, reviewers pronounced it "joyous, playful and rich in meaning" and Mojo named this marvelous compendium its Book of the Year. This first edition quickly sold out, making this reissue a welcome opportunity to see Bubbles' work anew. This new and expanded edition contains hundreds of rare and previously unpublished images, photographs, working sketches, notebooks and original artwork. It includes more than 50 new images, for a total of over 600 in all, as well as fresh interviews, exclusive facts and information, writings by Peter Saville and Malcolm Garrett and an introduction by Billy Bragg.
Comments: (6)
Kigul
“Reason To Be Cheerful” is a long over-due review of the life and work of Colin Fulcher, aka “Barney Bubbles”. It traces his start as a post-war English art student, like so many of his generation, benefitting from an English value in the importance of practical training in broadly humanistic activities, and his development as a graphic artist in a changing British culture. A culture ripe for, and for a younger generation, receptive of change on many fronts. This same incubator hatched many of the movers and shakers in fashion, music, art who would influence generations

I found it most valuable giving credit to his uncredited work for Stff Records, of which I've been a collector for 30 years. It's revelatory to understand not just the cultural climate in which this grand and humble work was produced, but the mind behind it. Always interested in threads which weave, and bind, it serves as a jump-off to explore more music, more design. That's huge.

In many ways, it's a tragicomedy. Paul Gorman should be thanked for putting pen to this. I also deeply appreciate the expanded introductory matter from Malcolm Garret, Peter Saville, Billy Bragg, and Art Chantry. They help frame what's to come.

If you're a graphic designer interested in music packaging, all I can say about this book is Buy 1.
Washington
Man, this is such a needed book - in-depth look at the various eras and style of one of THE most underrated graphic/visual artists of our time; Barney Bubbles. Rock fans will have experienced his work over the years (google him!) and this book is the first and only compilation of documents, photos, artwork, back stories, history of BB's work. Incredible research and done for the love of it by one of Barney's biggest fans. My only wish is that the artwork itself were given bigger or more space. No problem, you can see it all, but some of this work has great detail what would be welcome in larger format. Get it!
Diab
Whether the book does Barney justice is for the reader to decide, since the man himself is no longer with us. But, anyone who appreciates Barney's work beforehand would be hard-pressed to find a reason why it wouldn't. The very act of compiling Bubbles' uncredited works, piecing together his life story, and sharing it with the world in book form is doing those who appreciate modern art, and record art in particular, a tremendous favor. That's worth four stars already.

Who here has noticed Barney's self-portrait in the Armed Forces package, or the profile on the cover of 4D Man? Gorman finds things you may have overlooked each time you saw them. That is why this is a terrific book, because it is neither just about Barney's life nor just his album covers. This book is about everything the man created -- including single sleeves, labels, furniture, sculpture, logos, even music! -- and the artistic sensibility that went into them.

Barney's fans know that an album's design is about far more than the cover; it's about the entire package. Gorman offers this in Reasons and expands upon it on his site devoted to Barney, where what couldn't fit into the book is documented. At the risk of sounding like an advertisement, any devotees of design and layout, typography, modern art, or punk/new wave must get this.
Chi
I had ordered this book based on reviews I'd read in the press. I was not at all familiar with Barney Bubbles the designer. I knew some of the images by Bubbles but the story and the context of his work is incredibly interesting. I was not prepared for the superb quality of both the book's design and the quality of scholarship and research put into it. This is a hardcover book with lots of text combined with images, and filled with stories from those who were part of the various scenes Barney had participated in. Printed in excellent paper. Musicians, fellow graphic designers (including Saville's intro), friends, all contribute to the story. Some online reviews elsewhere have stated that the book is somewhat lacking in theoretical terms; in my opinion this is not relevant in this case. This is the first comprehensive BB book in the market with tons of stories, that really place you "there".

Bubbles' life and work encompasses the late 60's and early (hippie) 70's as well as the punk rock and post-punk era. He is closely identified with early Elvis Costello among others. The book takes the reader from the beginning in the 60's up until the 80s when sadly, Bubbles took his own life. His work with Stiff records paralells what Peter Saville did for Factory yet Bubble's style is less "clean" and classic; constantly opening itself up and disgesting style culture quotations.

The work looks fresh and contemporary in a post-modern way; many styles and the acknowledgement of "style" a strong element in the work. There are marks and quotation of marks; images and reflections of images, puns. This is an instance when design has out-smarted "art" on many levels; it has functioned as visual culture, and has turned on itself to acknowledge its function. The immediacy of design and the medium of record covers is also an undercurrent of this book. It is very interesting to consider how much one has lived with one's records and how much one has been affected and reflected through them. This is recommended for music lovers, design fans, anyone interested in post-punk aesthetics, designers and artists of course.
Anarasida
A perfect overview of delightful album cover artist Barney Bubbles - Bubbles worked a lot for Stiff Records and designed many if not most of its record covers. This book is packed with his illustrations with much information about his techniques and life. Great great book!
Azago
This is a wonderful book, that seems to be hard to get in the UK. Covers the amazing life of Colin Fulcher AKA Barney Bubbles. Excellent reproduction of his contribution to art and design with a compelling back narrative that explains the designs and ideas and personalities involved. Inspirational stuff.
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