Devo to Issue Illustrated History Book
Published Mar 21, 2016Looking for a good book to cozy up to while lounging with Devo's new EZ Listening Muzak vinyl box set? Well, look no further, faithful spuds, for a new illustrated history on the subversive pop greats is heading your way later this year. Simply titled D-E-V-O, the official tome is due this December through publishers Rocket 88.
Described in press materials as "the first and only official book by and about Devo," the upcoming publication is said to pull together various historical images from the Akron, OH outfit's history. Tracing 40 years of Devo, it features familiar sights, as well as plenty of previously unseen photos, drawings and more.
"Devo has always been a misunderstood phenomena," vocalist/keyboardist Mark Mothersbaugh said in a statement. "We weren't trying to do what most people thought we were trying to do, and what we did wasn't what most people thought they were seeing. This book, besides being a coherent exposition of how we were officially presented by 'the entertainment industry,' represents an attempt, akin to a post-plane crash autopsy, to lay things out and let people see what was inside the suitcase."
A pre-order site puts on display, among other things, Shout-era promo pics, a fanclub insert circa 1981's New Traditionalists, vintage magazine covers and more. You'll find the absurdist imagery over here.
D-E-V-O follows a 2014 art book on Mothersbaugh titled Myopia, which include some of the visual work he's cooked up with Devo. Last year, the band's iconic, "Whip It"-manned Freedom of Choice album was explored by author/critic Evie Nagy through the 33 1/3 book series.
As previously reported, Devo's old fan club tapes of elevator music-style instrumentals were collected onto vinyl earlier this year. The deluxe EZ Listening Muzak vinyl box set was issued through UK imprint Futurismo Inc.