Music inspired, science fiction and fantasy combined in a way that revolutionized poster art of the Psychedelic 1960's-era. Famous for his rock posters, The Psychedelic Rock Art of Carl Lundgren, a Detroit, Michigan based artist, showcases his posters which were as important to the Detroit Music and Art history as were the music legends themselves; The Who, Jefferson Airplane and Pink Floyd to name a few.
The book's foreword is written by Mitch Ryder, who was lead vocalist of a Detroit 1960's rock group The Detroit Wheels. The introduction is by Russ Gibb, a former radio personality and rock promoter from Dearborn, Michigan, who played a major role in the late sixties/early seventies Motor City music scene.
Whether looking for something fun, entertaining or reminiscent, this book has it all! The Psychedelic Rock Art of Carl Lundgren presents Carl's posters in a unique way that will evoke emotion and memories.
Carl Lundgren is one of the most innovative American artists in modern time. Carl's love of underground movies, science fiction, comic book super heroes, fueled his mind with amazing color and vision. He creates more than just one genre, he creates art that represents his dreams.
Being quite famous as one of the top rock poster artists of the rock n roll era wasn't enough, fine art has always been his love. Carl brings fantasy to his art and humor as well.
1965"When I was 18 years old I was co-chairman of the first multimedia convention ever held, The Detroit Triple Fan Fair,
(comics, movies, and science fiction). I played folk guitar
semi-professionally, but I really wanted to learn to be an illustrator
like my idol, Frank Frazetta."
Lundgren began creating posters for such bands as The Who, Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane as well as for such Detroit legends as the MC5, Grand Funk Railroad, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, The Frost and more. Little thought was given to the fact these Rock 'n' Roll posters would become highly collectible.
"Gary gave me a job and I was able to create posters for such bands as The Who, Pink Floyd, and Jefferson Airplane and more. Little did I know that these Rock and Roll Posters would become highly collectible today.
I also published some Underground Comix."
Carl Lundgren and Gary Grimshaw
I became a science fiction and fantasy illustrator, painting almost 300 book covers in NYC.
I also was a founder of ASFA and was nominated for a Hugo Award, the highest honor in science fiction.
Carl Lundgren is the most easy going and beloved artists in Detroit. Always so humble and helpful to new musicians as much as the legends. What would the Detroit music scene be without Lundgren's Art? Pretty dull...
Some of our favorites of Carl Lundgren's fine art collection:
Joel Brodsky created this infamous MC5 album cover using one camera! That is miraculous considering the techniques used today. Like the MC5 Joel was way ahead of his time....
Following a brief stint in the Army he worked as an assistant for one of New York’s top fashion photographers where he learned about commercial photography. Married and with his first child, in 1967 he opened his own studio where he shot his first photos that were used on an album. His fourth cover shooting for “The Doors” was part of a package that got nominated for a Grammy, (it was the first of nine covers he did for the group) and gave him access to many other record companies.
In a time when the cover art was the only visual representation of their artists for the record buying public, Brodsky’s style helped to create an image for many diverse performers; from The MC5 to Aretha Franklin to Judy Collins, from Iggy Pop to Isaac Hayes and Country Joe & the Fish to Gladys Knight & The Pips.
Jim Morrison by Joel Brodsky
Joel's most famous images were of the Doors and in particular the shirtless Jim Morrison. Joel and the Doors article HEREJoel Brodsky's full bio HERE 1939-2007 RIP
and raised in Brooklyn, Joel Brodsky graduated from Syracuse University
in 1961 where he took his first and only course in photography. After
graduation he worked at a local camera store acquiring the cameras he
used when he went into business.
Among the last of his album photo sessions was the first Kiss cover in 1975. Altogether he shot well over 400 covers in that eight year period, and was also the advertising agency for six different labels. Later he worked for many commercial clients including: Revlon, Avon, Dupont, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales.
Iggy Pop by Joel Brodsky
Joel shot some of the most iconic images of my generation and I am happy to share this story with my readers. Thank you Heather (Fast Film) for sending me the great Joel video...