A celebration of the process and artwork created for the Radiohead albums Kid A and Amnesiac
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 ideas, both written and drawn, that were behind the creation of the Radiohead albums Kid A and Amnesiac … Includes faxes, notes, scribblings and sketches that musician Yorke and artist Donwood exchanged in the run-up to the creation of two iconic albums”
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“The themes they [explore] (global warming, government surveillance, the corrosive power of the internet) are still strikingly relevant”
“These companion art books show the depth of Radiohead singer Thom Yorke and visual artist Stanley Donwood’s decades-long creative partnership … Filled with rare artwork, early drafts, poetry and even a glossary to many of their inspirations, these works shed light on some of their more cryptic mysteries, while folding in new shadows to consider”
Thom Yorke is a musician, composer and artist, best known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the band Radiohead.
Stanley Donwood is an 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.