Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986



Essay: Andrew Blauvelt
Editor: Judy Dyki
Designers: Andrew Blauvelt and Bianca Ibarlucea
Production Management: Julie Fracker and Bianca Ibarlucea
Photography: PD Rearick
Image Research: Steffi Duarte
Printed by The Newspaper Club, London on 55 gsm Improved Newsprint
Published by Cranbrook Art Museum
Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976–1986, on view at the Cranbrook Art Museum, June 16–October 7, 2018.
ISBN 978-0-9891864-8-3


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Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986 explores the printed matter—posters, flyers, zines, and album covers–produced by and for the punk and post-punk music scenes in the US and UK. Arranged thematically, the project considers the visual strategies and graphic language of punk, including: punk’s use of parody and pastiche through the appropriation of preexisting images; the influence of popular cultural forms such as comics and science fiction, and horror genres; the techniques of collage and montage; the do-it-yourself world of flyers and zines; the ascent of new wave graphics and typographic experimentation in the 1980s; the influence of propaganda graphics; and the cross-fertilization between the worlds of art and punk. Printed as a special, oversized, 52-page color newspaper, the accompanying Cranbrook Art Museum publication features texts by curator Andrew Blauvelt.

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Weight.75 lbs
Dimensions16 x 13 x 0.375 in