Clubbed: a visual history of UK club culture
The UK is a tribal nation. Our clubs have had a look and strong identity from the days of one-off nights in seedy Soho basements through to the rigorously branded nightclubs of today. The right shoes for the right dancefloor, the correct clothes for dancing and how we present our club nights. The look is as important as the sound. It’s imprinted in our clubbing DNA.
The UK has given birth to some of the world's most iconic nightclub and electronic music brands. Each club is so distinct, its unique identity, sound and community of music lovers stretches far beyond the UK.
Clubbed celebrates the best graphic design in UK clubs. The book will feature logos, posters, photography, tickets, menus, cover art, signage, lanyards, fonts and, yes, flyers from the last 35 years. The deluxe hardback will feature a dazzling collection of never-before-published materials and a specially commissioned editorial from Bill Brewster.
This beautifully conceived graphic design reference book is separated into chapters celebrating the UK’s most famous clubs and legendary nights. We will celebrate the past, but also journey to the present, focusing on the most forward-thinking graphic designers working in clubs today. We start the journey in the 1980s with the Haçienda, then head off into a dizzying road journey via Mansfield, Liverpool and several points in between before alighting at the Printworks in London with some of the modern era’s best graphic design work.
Many of the graphics in the book are pre-digital and internet so a lot of time has been spent scanning old transparencies, bromides and retouching physical hard copies. In some cases the graphics have been recreated from scratch down to every minute detail. The highly-produced cover features diamond dust mimicking a dark and ethereal club environment.
— Diamond dust fabric hard cover with foil
— 360 pages approx
— 150 x 215 mm (A5)
— CMYK litho
The book features some of the best designers and studios in the world:
Peter Saville, Ben Kelly,
Spin, The Designers Republic, Mark Farrow,
Jon Jeffrey (Bibliothèque),
Central Station Art, Anthony Burrill, INTRO (Mat Cook),
Pentagram (Angus Hyland),
Trevor Jackson, Rich Robinson,
Neighbour (Phil Sims),
Scott Parker, Baby (Simon Moore), Studio Output, Adam Tickle,
Jonathan Cooke, Roberto Rosolin, Only Studio,
Give Up Art (Stuart Hammersley), John Macklin,
Ali Augur, Pin Studio,
Martin Fewell, Unfun, Non-Porous, Thomas McCallion, Made North, Jack Featherstone, Dave Little, George Georgiou, International Magic (Adam Rodgers) & HYT Studio.
Haçienda, fabric, Blue Note, Ministry of Sound, Cream, Home, Bedrock, Renaissance, Gatecrasher, Bed, NY Sushi, Matter, Golden, Ark, Plastic People, Sankeys, Bugged Out!, Defected, Boiler Room, Oval Space, Warm, Left Alone, Go!Zilla, Slinky, The Printworks, Dance Tunnel, Warehouse Project, Resident Advisor, FWD>>, The Social, Numbers, Left Alone, Secretsundaze.
“I have been very lucky to have played or been involved with many of the clubs in this book which not only forms part of my history but hundreds of thousands of clubbers over the last few decades. I am sure this book will serve as a trip down memory lane for many dedicated clubbers.”
"I'm a sucker for books on clubs. They were so important to me and judging by The Warehouse Project on December the 30th....still important to a lot of people."
Peter Hook, Fac51 The Hacienda
"Great graphic design has always been intrinsically linked with our favourite record labels and I’m proud to say we managed to do the same with Numbers. It’s an honour to be included in this book alongside so many designers, labels and artists we admire."
"Working with clubs was a lifesource for TDR™. It provided regular creative outlets for 24-hour designer people with low boredom thresholds to play and experiment with new ideas and new ways to look at old ideas every month and sometimes every week. We were our own target market playing fast and loose with the visual language of a generation in desperate need of one."
Ian Anderson, The Designers Republic
"The UK's electronic music community has long been a driving force behind the advancement of club culture at a global level. This book is a well-curated graphic record capturing four decades of dance music, shining light on dedicated promoters and the designers who helped visualise their ideas."
Paul Clement, Co-Founder, Resident Advisor
"Club culture has always been on the cutting edge of graphic design; just ask the many Mixmag readers who enjoy the adverts as much as the editorial! Even looking at some of the sample images unleashes a tsunami of nostalgia. This is a really great idea, and, as ever, Bill Brewster's involvement is the seal of quality. Very happy to support this project, and hope it is a huge success."
Duncan Dick, Editor, Mixmag
"The graphics and visual language of club culture are so evocative. They help to define us as a generation, and stand as an emblem for what we experienced in clubs like Haçienda, which for me personally, would create a gateway to a new universe and inspire a lifetime of electronic music exploration.”
Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6 Music
"An amazing, colourful, memory tinged reminder that club culture has spurned some amazing flyers and graphics alongside some life changing tunes."
In a former life, Bill Brewster was a punk rocker, a chef and also the co-editor of football magazine When Saturday Comes but has been a record nerd all of his life. He began DJing in the 1980s, but came into his own in the early 1990s, particularly during a two-year stint in New York running DMC’s office, where nights at the Sound Factory and hanging out with Danny Tenaglia gave him the musical grounding you can still hear in his music today. Bill was also one of the founding residents at Fabric in London, a position he held for five years. There are few still playing regularly today that have his dedication, eclecticism and encyclopedic knowledge of music.
His parallel life is as a writer and with his long-term partner-in-crime Frank Broughton they have written four books together, including the acclaimed Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, How To DJ (Properly) and their most recent, The Record Players. The pair were also behind the legendary money-drain DJhistory.com and their party Low Life which ran for 20 years from 1995. They now spend most of their time on a yacht moored in the Manchester Shipping Canal.
Face37 Ltd was founded as a design studio in 2011 by Rick Banks. Face37 has published two very successful, award-winning publications in the past, Football Type and I Belong To Jesus. Our books feature high quality design and production methods.
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