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Fly by Night

The New Art of the Club Flyer

Craig McCarthy

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A record of flyers from London’s vibrant and ever-changing club scene


Ephemeral slips of paper, mementos of past nights, clubs and gigs, windows into other worlds, the flyers in this collection gathered by Craig McCarthy provide a visual record of London’s nightlife and subculture. They are low-budget productions in a variety of styles: hand- made, drawn, traced, cut outs, collages, photocopied – in marked contrast to the computer-generated flyers of ten years ago.

The artists whose work is represented here include Wolfgang Tillmans, Sophie Thunder and Ray Cesar. These inventive, unfurling doodles with hand-drawn lettering and images of dead stars, sexy figures and party monsters provide an alternative history of the ever-changing club scene. Craig McCarthy provides a short introduction about what the flyers mean to him and he gives comments about some of the artwork, the artists and those who put on the nights, such as Matthew Glamorre and You, Me, Bum Bum Train.

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'The definitive collection, an instant cult classic'
Dazed & Confused

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 27.5 x 22.0 cm

Extent: 128 pp

Publication date: 29 September 2008

ISBN: 9780500287682

Contents List

Klub Dada • Dice Club • Kaos • Fanzine • Club Disaster • Antisocial Durr • Sindrome • Junk • Magic Poison • Sophie Thunder • The Beautiful Bend • Donald Urquhart • Matthew Glamorre • Bistrotheque • Wolfgang Tillmans • Motherfucker • Trademark • You Me Bum Bum Train

About the Author

Craig McCarthy studied art at Camberwell College of Arts and the Royal College of Art. His work consists of collages, photomontages and large-scale murals, all of which are informed by the scrapbooks and journals that he keeps. He has also contributed to Dazed & Confused, Grafik and Vorn magazines.