"It was teenagers who bought Elvis Presley's records, in enormous numbers. And Michael T. Bertrand's convincingly argues that the black-and-white character of the sound, as well as Elvis's own persona, helped to relax the rigid color line and thereby fed the fires of the civil rights movement. . . . A sobering lesson for historians who scoff at popular culture (and the oral testimony that peppers the book) as trivia for the tenured."--Karal Ann Marling,
"Bertrand has managed to argue more cogently and with more evidential authority than any previous commentator that the music that Elvis Presley and his rockabilly cousins fashioned in the South in the 1950s represented a serious threat to various national and regional social conventions, particularly those relating to race, class, and gender."--Brian Ward,
"Meticulous research and elegant, concise prose. . . . Bertrand has written an insightful book that both deepens our understanding of rock 'n' roll and makes significant contributions to musical studies, Southern history, and the history of the civil rights movement. . . . Would make an excellent book for adoption in undergraduate and graduate history courses, as its provocative arguments and fascinating anecdotes are sure to spark lively classroom discussions."--Patrick Huber,
"Convincingly argues that the black-and-white character of the sound, as well as Elvis's own persona, helped to relax the rigid color line and thereby fed the fires of the civil rights movement."--Karal Ann Marling,
"Thoroughly readable and redemptive. . . . The story of American music is, after all, as complex as the story of the country itself, and yet Betrand covers most bases with impressive ease. His major contribution, however, is a measured assessment of how rock 'n' roll . . . really did change the seemingly unchangeable place of its birth."--John Kelly,
"[Bertrand's] arguments are always persuasive and his lines of reasoning clear. . . . The book is cleanly written, well annotated and involving. . . . A thoroughly absorbing piece of work."--Keith Briggs,
"A major contribution to our knowledge of the cultural importance of early rock and roll."--Craig Morrison,
"An ambitious exploration of the relationship between cultural and political change in the South in the crucial years after World War II. This book will encourage everyone to rethink the role played by rock 'n' roll in American life."--Bill Malone, author of
"Michael Bertrand aims to prove that rock 'n' roll contributed to the success of the civil rights movement by breaking down the generational transmission of traditional southern attitudes toward race. Indeed, as he argues, the attraction for young white southerners of rhythm & blues initially and rock 'n' roll eventually had enormous cultural and political consequences."--James M. Salem, author of
Michael Rock is a National Design Award winner and principal of 2x4. Rick Poynor is a journalist and writer whose focus is design and visual culture. Mark Wigley is an architect and dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Susan Sellers is a founding partner and creative director at 2x4 and senior critic at Yale University School of Art. Georgie Stout is a founding partner and creative director of 2x4. Rem Koolhaas is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist, and professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
In the tradition of John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, Michael Rock, principal and founder of 2x4 Design in New York, explores the history and development of twenty-first-century visual and design culture. This book presents a thoughtful and witty exploration of graphic design today produced by Michael Rock of 2x4, the powerhouse creative firm that partners with some of the most design-savvy brands and institutions in the world to develop design systems that draw on both modernist traditions and the exuberance of contemporary life. Set forth in an engaging and humorous way, Multiple Signatures examines all aspects of modern design, from typography to the evolution of screens in advertising to trusting one’s own creative instincts, through a series of smart and often irreverent essays and images. Using 2x4’s own collaborations and projects as examples, and drawing on the experience of the contributing authors, the result is not a clinical textbook, but a fantastic and thought-provoking work about the limitless applications of design. A must-have for design students and professionals, Multiple Signatures challenges standard ways of understanding design and inspires readers to think of graphic design as a building block for all creative disciplines.
In the tradition of John Berger's Ways of Seeing, Michael Rock, principal and instincts, through a series of smart and often irreverent essays and images. Maharam | Story | John Berger, Ways of Seeing Maharam Stories, John Berger, Ways of Seeing, by Michael Rock. The essay text starts on the cover, giving the book both a certain modesty (fewer pages) and Michael Rock - Columbia GSAPP Michael Rock is Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP. His critically acclaimed collection of essays and projects, Multiple Signatures, was Michael Rock - Michaela Allen I chose the designer Michael Rock / 2x4 and specifically his relationship with Prada. How he works (3,409 views) Filed under michael rock 2x4 prada essay. Don't Go to Architecture School to Design a 7-Eleven (with Michael 22 Aug 2014 Michael also gives Mitch and Namdev an on-air design assignment to help 2 x 4 · Essays by Michael Rock; “Multiple Signatures” by Michael
Correspondent Michael Herr catching helicopter rides out to the firebases, "cassette rock and roll in one ear and door- gun fire in the other," or crouched under fire in a rice paddy while Jimi Hendrix' music blares from the recorder held by the soldier next to him......