Full of stunning illustrations, End of a Century is a tour de force that collects the work of the late John Matthew Charrosin Wrake (better known by his trading nickname ‘Run’) and his partnership with music bible NME.
The personal introduction, written by editor and friend Andrew Collins, discusses Run’s student life and his success as an artist and illustrator, giving us an insight into the mind of a man with ‘a style of his own’.
Designed by his widow, Lisa Wrake, End of a Century pays tribute to Run’s visualisations of nineties album reviews between 1988 and 2000, an exciting period in pop music history. Run embraced this and provided keenly satirical imagery that sat beautifully alongside album reviews in NME, providing a visual guide for music lovers.
Using a clever blend of collage and illustration, Run’s career as a graphic designer and animator has always been heavily influenced by music, from the visuals he created for the live shows of U2 and the Rolling Stones, to the videos he helped produce for the Gang of Four and Howie B. Drawing on influences such as Dada, Pop Art and early animation, Run had a unique gift for creating illustrations that stay with the reader for a long time. Some of the bands featured include: Julian Cope, Chemical Brothers, Joy Division, The Fall, Madonna, Kylie, Flaming Lips, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Manic Street Preachers, Pop Will Eat Itself, Blur, Belle & Sebastian, Public Enemy and Bowie.
End of a Century is published by Self Made Hero, retailing at £24.99 (208pp/ colour, hardback) and will be available in late June. To order a copy and for more information, visit: www.selfmadehero.com