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The Wild World of Barney Bubbles

Graphic Design and the Art of Music

Paul Gorman


A celebration of a graphic design genius, published to mark what would have been his 80th birthday

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The Wild World of Barney Bubbles celebrates the graphic design genius whose work linked the underground optimism of the 60s to the sardonic and manipulative art that accompanied the explosion of punk. Barney Bubbles remains a powerful influence on contemporary artists four decades after his death, having encompassed designs for Sir Terence Conran and underground magazines Oz and Friends as well as remarkable record sleeves and posters for Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, Depeche Mode, Ian Dury, Hawkwind, The Damned and Nick Lowe. He also collaborated with artists and photographers, including Derek Boshier and Brian Griffin, and produced paintings, furniture, set designs and promo videos, not least the era-defining clip for The Specials’ 80’s hit, ‘Ghost Town’.

This revised edition of Paul Gorman’s definitive Barney Bubbles monograph contains hundreds of rare and previously unpublished photographs, working sketches, notebooks and original artwork. It includes a new essay by American designer Clarita Hinojosa and sixteen extra pages of rare ephemera painstakingly collected by the author over the years.

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'Fascinating, definitive'
Sunday Times

'Sumptuous, stylish, informed'

'A chance to appreciate this remarkable legacy'
Creative Review

'Joyous, playful and rich in meaning'
International Herald Tribune

'A rare insight into the legendary offering of the designer … viewers can marvel at the far-reaching practice of Bubbles while gaining insight into his life and career'
Creative Boom

'All but bursts apart with delight … [Gorman’s] knowledge of the English music, fashion and art scene of the second half of the 20th century is authoritative'
Pop Matters

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 28.0 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 580

Publication date: 30 June 2022

ISBN: 9780500296455

About the Author

Paul Gorman is a journalist, author and commentator on visual culture. He has written a number of books including The Story of the Face: The Magazine that Changed Culture and Derek Boshier: Rethink / Re-entry, both published by Thames & Hudson. He has staged a number of exhibitions in the UK and France, and is currently a writer at large for GQ.