I’m FINALLY making some progress on my book, and I’m really excited about it. I’ve compiled a list of musicians, moments, songs, and albums from the golden era of rock to base my book around, however, the list has already changed multiple times. As I do more research and unearth more interesting facts about this period in rock ‘n’ roll, new ideas come forth that seem to fit in more with what I want my book to be.
I’ve also started doing some illustrations for the book. I want the book to be quite simple/minimalistic, but then have some line/contour drawings to add some interest.
I have started a bit of the actual design of the book, but I haven’t gotten too far with this, as I’m still researching. I’m hoping to get more of the illustrations and research done this weekend so I can focus more on the formatting of the book.
From AC/DC to ZZ-Top, this book covers the most significant people, places, moments, and music (albums, collaborations, and songs) during what could arguably be the golden era of rock, from the years 1965 to 1975.
This era was filled with innovation, where musicians would experiment with new instruments and new techniques to create a brand new sound. With the onset of the Vietnam War, no longer was rock simply a genre, but now it was an attitude with political and rebellious undertones.
The A-Z of Rock ‘N’ Roll will discuss popular icons in rock, as well as shed light on lesser known individuals who made great contributions to the movement. More space will be devoted to the people, places, moments or music that were especially significant in shaping this era. Hand-drawn illustrations and graphics will accompany descriptions, mini biographies, and stories to add interest (and in some cases, put a face to a name).
PLAN OF ACTION
The first thing I need to do is brainstorm what/who I want to include in the book. There are some well known/obvious choices that I want to include, but I would really like to focus on lesser known people, places, etc. that were huge contributors or were influential in the rock music industry at this time.
Once I have this determined, I’m going to work towards the aesthetic/design of the book. At this point, I’m thinking something simple and mainly black and white. However, I am also considering more of a psychedelic theme, as this art style was so popular during this era.
Aside from the hand illustrations, I’d also like to add in quotes from musicians or quotes about the musicians, places, music, etc. that are quirky or not well known.
This is my book design blog. I don’t have much else to say right now.