Too Fast to Live Too Young to Die
Punk & post punk graphics 1976-1986
A collection of over 650 original scans of printed ephemera and memorabilia from the prime years of the punk and post-punk movements.
Andrew Krivine found himself and punk in the long hot summer of 1976, when staying with a cousin who was at the heart of the protean movement in London. Since then he has amassed one of the world’s largest collections of punk graphic design and memorabilia. Part of his collection has been on display at the Museum of Art Design in New York and the Cranbrook Art Museum in Michigan and is currently touring around the world.
This book represents the cream of that collection – over 650 original scans of posters, flyers, covers and ads from the prime years of the movement which changed the world of graphic design forever. Unlike previous books of punk memorabilia, Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die doesn’t seek to tell the story of punk – we all know that – but instead tells of the graphic design of the period and of one man’s obsession with creating a definitive and unparalleled collection of punk memorabilia.
The illustrative content of Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die is verified, critically assessed and given provenance by an array of graphic design experts, academics and commentators. Among them Steven Heller (former art director of New York Times), Dr Russ Bestley (reader in graphic design at the London College of Communication), Rick Poynor, Malcolm Garrett and Pullitzer and National Book Award-winning editor Michael Wilde.
The book is beautifully produced with front and back cover artwork by Malcolm Garrett and Peter Saville, the designers behind some of punk’s most memorable album covers. The unique mix of imagery and text makes this arguably the most essential and final work on the graphic design revolution within the punk and post-punk movements of America and the UK.