Get that letter sent to Father Christmas and ask (nicely) for this book. From the man behind Mike Flowers Pops comes the book that has been being asked to be written for a long while.
Here’s the BLURB
The individuals that populate How Art Made Pop may still have become successful musicians if they hadn’t studied art, but the kind of musicians that they became, and the kind of music that they became interested in, was predominantly informed and modified by art school attendance. Where once these musicians would have considered themselves entertainers, they now became artists. And hence what they practiced – i.e. popular music – became an art form, not least because they said it was.
From dada to Gaga and beyond, How Art Made Pop examines the intertwined histories of pop music and the visual arts from the late 1950s to the present day. In particular, this remarkable and definitive study explores in exhaustive detail the exhilarating exchange between the art schools and the pop stars that they nurtured (or, occasionally, expelled). Through a writhing, hedonistic hurly burly of numerous artists and musicians including Marcel Duchamp, the Beatles, Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, the Velvet Underground, Gilbert & George, Kraftwerk, David Bowie, Richard Hamilton, Roxy Music, Patti Smith, Sex Pistols, Talking Heads, Factory Records, Jean-Michel Basquiat, the KLF and Jay Z amongst others How Art Made Pop encompasses the worldwide history of art school rock, and brings the story up to date by contextualizing the practices of the many contemporary visual artists and artist-musicians still dazzled by pop’s vital spark.
About the author
Mike Roberts was born in Liverpool in 1960, studied Painting at Chelsea School of Art (1978-81) and did an MA in Music at Goldsmiths (2012-14). In the mid-1990s he enjoyed an unlikely pop profile as easy listening bandleader Mike Flowers of The Mike Flowers Pops, including a UK No.2 chart hit with his version of the Oasis song ‘Wonderwall’ (according to Lou Reed, one of the funniest things he’d ever heard). He has since scored music for film and television, and made music documentaries for Sky Arts and London’s Barbican Centre. How Art Made Pop is his first book.