Your Waterstones card is changing, introducing...
TELL ME MORE
The Story of The Face: The Magazine that Changed Culture (Paperback)
  • The Story of The Face: The Magazine that Changed Culture (Paperback)
zoom

The Story of The Face: The Magazine that Changed Culture (Paperback)

(author)
£34.95
Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 09/11/2017
  • In stock online
  • Free UK delivery

Usually despatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect
Featured on Rough Trade's top 20 Books of the Year list

Launched by NME editor and Smash Hits creator Nick Logan in 1980, The Face was Britain's first youth magazine to present `youth subject matter' beyond music alone. A strong voice of urban identity in the age of Thatcher, it rapidly became an icon of `style culture', the benchmark for the very latest trends in music, fashion, photography and film.

The Story of The Face tracks the exciting highs and calamitous lows of the life of the magazine in two parts. Part one focuses on the rise of the magazine in the 1980s, highlighting its striking visual identity - embodied by Neville Brody's era-defining graphic designs, Nick Knight's dramatic fashion photography and the `Buffalo' styling of Ray Petri. The Face introduced Spandau Ballet and Boy George; Wham! and Sade, and was an early showcase for the works of Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber and Cindy Sherman. In 1990, The Face featured a 15-year-old Kate Moss on her first cover campaign. Styled by Melanie Ward, The Face published a series of fresh-faced cover images, an antidote to the glossy Vogue models of the time. Other iconic cover stars included David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Prince, George Michael and Adam Ant.

Part two shows how in the 1990s, after surviving the Jason Donovan libel suit, the magazine heralded the post-acid house era of Britpop and Brit Art, shifting its focus from London to the regions. However, The Face met its eventual demise in 2004. With an introduction by Dylan Jones, The Story of The Face is an engaging behind-the-scenes look at the rise and fall of one of the most influential publications of the 80s and 90s.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500293478
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 2320 g
Dimensions: 301 x 243 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This huge, rich book is a celebration not only of the style bible but of British pop culture in the late 20th century' - Guardian
'A total treat' - Sunday Times
'A definitive, 352-page, "finally someone's done it", blockbuster book charting the rise and fall of "the magazine that changed culture"' - Creative Review
'A meticulous examination of The Face and its significance, from content and design to its wider influence' - Civilian
'A long-overdue record of the iconic publication' - Wylde
'A lighting bolt of nostalgia' - Financial Times
'[A] much-anticipated history' - Mr Porter
'Loud, vibrant and evocative' - It's Nice That
'Compendious and meticulously researched' - Observer
'Anyone interested in knowing the path along which British urban youth moved music, fashion, politics, the media and social issues to centre stage will find it here' - The Business of Fashion
'Lavish' - BBC Culture
'A mighty tome' - Electronic Sound
'Packed with stunning imagery and fascinating insights' - Creative Bloq
'An exhaustive and exacting account of how The Face split pop culture open at its seams with stories and visuals that are still imitated today' - Interview Magazine

You may also be interested in...

Ghosts of My Life
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms
Added to basket
Pulphead
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
MOD
Added to basket
MOD
£12.99
Paperback
The Bear
Added to basket
£21.95
Hardback
The Slow Fix
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Zombie Combat Manual
Added to basket
Gang Leader for a Day
Added to basket
The Vagenda
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Retromania
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Search for the Perfect Pub
Added to basket
A Japanese Mirror
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Danse Macabre
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
So You Want to be a Celebrity
Added to basket
my cool motorcycle
Added to basket
£14.99
Hardback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.