*Genesis Publications is proud to announce the release of first art book by Public Enemy founder, hip-hop pioneer and revolutionary activist Chuck D entitled, LIVIN‘ STRONG – ARTquotation by Chuck Dwhich will be published 29 NOVEMBER worldwide.
LIVIN‘ STRONG presents a body of artwork that continues to address the social and politically conscious issues of his lyrics, revealing Chuck D’s visual dexterity as he explores a wide range of subject matter paying homage to his musical influences and his peers, from James Brown and Woody Guthrie to label partners Def Jam Run-DMC and Beastie Boys, a host of the most influential hip-hop artists from Ice Cube to Run the Jewels, his twin passions of baseball and basketball , creating a collection of touring landscapes with Prophets of Rage, and a range of sociopolitical pieces that explore issues that continue to shape our culture.
LIVIN‘ STRONG features Chuck D’s engaging commentary, guiding the reader through his thought process and inspirations and tracing his musical and artistic trajectory through illuminating anecdotes and cultural observations that provide unprecedented insight into his life and work. Chuck’s text reveals his early experiences growing up in the turbulent era of the 1960s, during which he was shaped by the prevailing civil rights and anti-war sentiments of the time. He continues to share his journey through the world of hip-hop from his early roots and the central figures who critically shaped him and his voice, the formation of Public Enemy to their induction into Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, his time with Prophets of Rage to current world affairs. “I was already expressing my political point of view through my art and graphics, so the bridge to music was a natural next step. First I expressed myself with my head and my hands, then later with my voice. – Chuck D
With a preface to Rage Against the Machine’by Tom Morello, LIVIN‘ STRONG is a visual experience of more than 250 works, each piece reflects the man behind the music. Working with a selection of media, sketchbooks and canvas, Chuck D has produced hundreds of works of art over the past six years. Everything from oil paintings of 1950s baseball fields to pencil sketches of music icons from Nina Simon, Bob Dylan and the Beastie Boys have been curated exclusively for Genesis Publications to create a stunning kaleidoscope of sound. work.
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About the Author
Multi-platinum recording artist, educator, activist and founding member of groundbreaking hip-hop group Public Enemy, Chuck D’s nonconformity and innovation in his music has endured throughout his art, whether he has produced since his teenage years. Chuck D attended Adelphi University on Long Island where he studied graphic design and that’s where he developed his artistic virtuosity and found his passion for hip hop and he would go on to receive a BFA and an honorary doctorate from the university.
LIVIN‘ STRONG comes after a series of impressive exhibitions at Galerie 30 Sud, Gallery of subliminal projects by Shepard Faireyy and Chuck’s alma mater, Adelphi University.
The publication in detail
LIVIN‘ STRONG will be published as hardcover version which will be available in bookstores around the world and as a special limited edition signed to only 1,200 copies, which will be available from Genesis Publications.
- The Artluxe edition is limited to only 50 copies, each numbered and signed by the author. These special copies are signed by Chuck D, bound in cloth with gold leaf and presented in a clamshell box. A second volume, a reproduction of one of Chuck D’s many sketchbooks, is also included. The Artluxe box is completed by a unique drawing created exclusively for these special copies and signed by the artist.
- The deluxe copies are bound in cloth with gold leaf and presented in a clamshell box. A second volume, a reproduction of Chuck D’s sketchbook, is also included. The Deluxe Edition includes a set of three numbered prints of Public Enemy, Beastie Boys and Run-DMC on 350gsm archival Giclee paper, all of which are signed by the artist.
- Collector’s copies are bound in paper with a canvas spine, with gilt foil and presented in a clamshell box. A second volume, a reproduction of Chuck D’s sketchbook, is also included. Collector’s copies come with a numbered Public Enemy print, signed by the artist.
For more information and ordering, please visit: ChuckDBook.com
About Genesis Publications:
Genesis Publications was founded in 1974 in Britain as an independent publishing house loyal to the printing arts and crafts. Today, Genesis creates some of the world’s most sought-after books for readers in 90 countries, and in 2017 celebrated its 100th edition. To learn more, visit: https://www.genesis-publications.com/