Showcasing the mastermind behind some of the most iconic rave flyers and record covers of the late eighties and early nineties, "Junior Tomlin: Flyer & Cover Art" is a beautifully produced, comprehensive anthology of Junior Tomlin’s incredible back catalogue.
Dubbed the 'Salvador Dali of Rave', Junior created some of the early rave scene's most iconic flyers and record artwork for promotors and artists such as Telepathy, Dreamscape, Slammin’ Vinyl, One Nation, Renegade Soundwave, Messiah and Grooverider.
This high-quality hardback not only features full-colour reproductions of Junior's work but is also interspersed with background information, anecdotes and original sketches.
Opening with a foreword by Chelsea-Louise Berlin, acclaimed artist and author of "Rave Art: Flyers, Invitations and Membership Cards", this book also features an extensive interview with the man himself offering insight into his methods, motivation, early career and personal experiences in the creative industry.
Divided into two distinct sections - Record Covers and Flyers - Junior’s work perfectly represents the brave new world that was cultivated by early promoters and the community that sprang up around rave culture.
So many bedrooms of the early to mid nineties were adorned with Junior's flyer artwork and it's a joy to now see them all in one place. Likewise with the record artwork. Personal favourites such as the Messiah, Renegade Soundwave, The Dark Side and Slamming Vinyl covers are given the full page treatment with a bit of history about the development of each.
"Junior Tomlin: Flyer & Cover Art" is a fantastic book and a genuine must-have for those with a passion and interest in UK rave culture. Projects such as this remind us that we need to celebrate the rave scene holistically; not just for the music and memories but as a complete creative movement that continues to inspire to this day.
Junior's impact on the visual stylings of UK rave culture is undisputable. The fact that thirty years later he's still called upon to provide an air of authenticity to new vinyl releases is a testament to his legacy.
In recent years Velocity Press have produced a number of excellent books documenting the origins of the rave scene including "Join The Future" and "State of Bass". "Junior Tomlin: Flyer & Cover Art" continues that trend - highly recommended.