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The Story of The Face

The Magazine that Changed Culture

Paul Gorman

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Thames & Hudson Ltd
01 November 2017
Featured on Rough Trade's top 20 Books of the Year list Launched by NME editor and Smash Hits creator Nick Logan in 1980, The Face was Britain's first youth magazine to present 'youth subject matter' beyond music alone. A strong voice of urban identity in the age of Thatcher, it rapidly became an icon of 'style culture', the benchmark for the very latest trends in music, fashion, photography and film.

The Story of The Face tracks the exciting highs and calamitous lows of the life of the magazine in two parts. Part one focuses on the rise of the magazine in the 1980s, highlighting its striking visual identity - embodied by Neville Brody's era-defining graphic designs, Nick Knight's dramatic fashion photography and the 'Buffalo' styling of Ray Petri. The Face introduced Spandau Ballet and Boy George; Wham! and Sade, and was an early showcase for the works of Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber and Cindy Sherman. In 1990, The Face featured a 15-year-old Kate Moss on her first cover campaign. Styled by Melanie Ward, The Face published a series of fresh-faced cover images, an antidote to the glossy Vogue models of the time. Other iconic cover stars included David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Prince, George Michael and Adam Ant.

Part two shows how in the 1990s, after surviving the Jason Donovan libel suit, the magazine heralded the post-acid house era of Britpop and Brit Art, shifting its focus from London to the regions. However, The Face met its eventual demise in 2004. With an introduction by Dylan Jones, The Story of The Face is an engaging behind-the-scenes look at the rise and fall of one of the most influential publications of the 80s and 90s.
By:   Paul Gorman
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 301mm,  Width: 243mm, 
Weight:   2.320kg
ISBN:   9780500293478
ISBN 10:   0500293473
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 November 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paul Gorman is a journalist, author and commentator on visual culture. He has written a number of books including The Look: Adventures in Rock & Pop Fashion, Reasons to be Cheerful: The Life & Work of Barney Bubbles and Derek Boshier: Rethink / Re-entry. He has staged a number of exhibitions in the UK and France, and is currently a writer at large for GQ.

Reviews for The Story of The Face: The Magazine that Changed Culture

THE STORY OF THE FACE has the size and heft of a coffee-table book, with plenty of striking reproductions of famous covers and spreads. Gorman is a steadfast admirer, and much of the text is given over to meticulous, moment-by-moment accounts of the magazine's inner workings.


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