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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

City Slang: Carl Lundgren Rock Art In Romeo

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 4:23 PM

From Thursday, June 30 until Saturday, July 23, rock poster artist Carl Lundgren will be showing his work at the Starkweather Art Center in Romeo. Now, while City Slang is a music blog, there are some artists that have, quite literally, given color to the Detroit music scene over the years. Gary Grimshaw, Mark Arminski and Lungren are definitely on that list.

Lundgren is a name familiar with most fans of Detroit rock from the ‘60s and early ‘70s, because he and Grimshaw helped define what the era looked like, particularly from nostalgia’s viewpoint. While pursuing a career as a comic book illustrator, Lundgren met Grimshaw in ‘67, who was creating the posters for the Grande Ballroom. Grimshaw took him under his wing, giving him jobs designing Grande posters. Many of those posters are, understandably, collectors’ items today.

In the ‘70s and ‘80s, Lundgren worked as a sci-fi illustrator and he was inarguably successful, painting over 300 book covers and winning a Hugo Award. He moved around the country, living in seven different states, before moving back to Detroit at the start of the new millennium and discovering that there was a renewed interest in his music posters. He is still creating posters and he worked with Grimshaw on the cover for the 2010 U.S. edition of my MC5 biography, Sonically Speaking. He has worked solo on the cover to my forthcoming Stooges biography, Head On.

With four decades of work on display, the Romeo exhibition should be a good one. For more details, click here.

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