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Kid A Mnesia: A Book of Radiohead Artwork

Kid A Mnesia: A Book of Radiohead Artwork

by Thom Yorke, Stanley Donwood


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A book about art and the creative process with Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Stanley Donwood, the person responsible for Radiohead's album art. Using the seminal albums Kid A and Amnesiac, Yorke and Donwood discuss the importance of art and how their interest in certain imagery speaks to their musical work. Filled with amazing illustrations, it's a must-have for every Radiohead fan.

Whilst these records were being conceived, rehearsed, recorded and produced, Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood made hundreds of images. These ranged from obsessive, insomniac scrawls in biro to six-foot-square painted canvases, from scissors-and-glue collages to immense digital landscapes. They utilised every medium they could find, from sticks and knives to the emerging digital technologies.

The work chronicles their obsessions at the time: minotaurs, genocide, maps, globalisation, monsters, pylons, dams, volcanoes, locusts, lightning, helicopters, Hiroshima, show homes and ring roads. What emerges is a deeply strange portrait of the years at the commencement of this century. A time that seems an age ago - but so much remains the same.

A celebration of the Radiohead albums Kid A and Amnesiac, this book showcases more than 300 colour artworks. It features a dialogue between Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood about the creative process and a specially commissioned essay, Kid Alphabet, by Gareth Evans about Radiohead’s body of work.

This is the first book from Radiohead of their artwork. It is publishing alongside a book of lyrics and scribblings, Fear Stalks the Land!

Kid A Mnesia is a 240 x 189mm hardback with a paper case cover printed in 5 colours on uncoated stock with debossing on the front and spine and a specially designed, peelable sticker. Inside, the endpapers are dyed black uncoated paper. 360 pages long and heavily illustrated throughout, the internal pages are printed in 5 colours on coated Italian paper with one 40-page section at the midpoint on heavy uncoated paper. A paper gatefold section ends the book folding out to reveal a spread of 3 images each side.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781838857370
Publisher: Canongate Books
Publication date: 03/22/2022
Edition description: Main
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 85,373
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Thom Yorke is a musician, composer and artist, best known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the band Radiohead.

Stanley Donwood is a graphic designer, artist and writer. He has published three collections of stories and has worked with Radiohead since 1994, producing all the artwork for their albums and promotional materials.

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