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Reasons To Be Cheerful: The Life & Work of Barney Bubbles
By Paul Gorman
Essay by Peter Saville
Foreword by Malcolm Garrett
Introduction by Billy Bragg

Publication date: November 2008

Reasons to be Cheerful: the Life and Work of Barney Bubbles

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“Barney Bubbles is the missing link between pop and culture.”
Peter Saville

Barney Bubbles was a giant of graphic design whose prodigious output is revered by musicians, artists, fellow designers and music and pop culture fans.

Bubbles' body of work included early posters for the Rolling Stones, brand and product design for Sir Terence Conran, layouts for underground magazines OZ and Friends and collaborations with many bands and performers, from counter-culture collective Hawkwind to new wave stars Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Nick Lowe, Graham Parker, The Damned and Billy Bragg.

Bubbles links the colourful underground optimism of the 60s to the sardonic and manipulative art which accompanied punk’s explosion, and influenced a generation of design talent including Neville Brody, Art Chantry, Malcolm Garrett and Peter Saville.

The lavishly illustrated Reasons To Be Cheerful contains hundreds of images and many full-colour plates.

About the Author
Paul Gorman is a popular culture historian and author of The Look: Adventures in Rock & Pop Fashion, and the top ten bestselling Straight with Boy George.


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Title Info: Reasons to be Cheerful: The Life and Work of Barney Bubbles
Author: Paul Gorman
UK Publication date: November 2008
Format: 280 x 230mm
Extent: 224pp + 4pp Cover
Binding: Hardback
UK Price: £24.99
Word count: 55,000
Photographs: 600
ISBN: 978-0-9552017-3-8