The Graphic Art of the Underground

The Graphic Art of the Underground: A Countercultural History is a lesson in seditious and subversive visual art and design.

The book starts its journey in 1950, and intertwined with various youth, political and social movements, it winds its way to the present day, beginning with 1950s hot rod culture, before moving on to the 1960s psychedelic underground, punk and beyond.

They’re all scenes which have lent themselves to other movements since and the book takes time to show the links and crossovers between various countercultural movements. 

There’s also a great section on designer toys and indie crafting under the title Something Old and New, full of gems like these:

The book’s authors, journalist Suzy Prince and journalist and designer Ian Lowey, have interviewed some of the artists featured, including punk graphic artists James Reid and Winston Smith and psychedelic artist Martin Sharp.

The Graphic Art of the Underground: A Countercultural History is designed by Ian Lowey, written by Lowey and Suzy Prince and will be published by Bloomsbury Publishing on 25 September, priced £29.99

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