Rock Dreams, the most famous book by the Belgian artist Guy Peellaert (1934 – 2008) came into existence in collaboration with the Britisch rock journalist Nick Cohn. Only a year after being published it was told to have sold over 1 million copies. The illustrations show in extreme images the wildest dreams of then popular rock heroes.
Though many of Rock Dreams‘ pictures seemed unabashedly sexually motivated. Jim Morisson in a gay bar, Diana Ross as a luxury company girl, PJ Proby up in the heavens surrounded by a throng of adoring naked women. Most artists were shown the way they are perceived by the audience. Peellaerts style was photorealism. His preferred art tool was oil crayon. Many of the original works are in the possession of actor Jack Nicholson.
Guy Peellaert is well known for his early erotic grown up cartoon works. Pravda and Jodelle, the very modern erotic cartoon style, similar to Barbarella, was Published by Verlag Schünemann Bremen. A very few posters were chosen to be published at PPP Publishing in the 1960’s.
Several re-publications of Rock Dreams have been published over the decades in the 1980’s and 2000’s. Years after Rock Dreams one of Peellaerts last prominent book, “The Big Room” was realized and finally published in the late 1980’s. The artwork of Big Room was exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in the 19190’s.
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