Died Young, Stayed Pretty

Critics Consensus

It's a little scattershot, but Died Young, Stayed Pretty offers an entertaining, visually appealing look at the indie-rock poster art subculture.

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Every rock band, from the most famous stadium-level superstars to the lowly beginners hobbling from one basement gig to the next in a rusty van, needs to let their fans know when and where they'll be playing, and since the late 1960's rock posters have gone from utilitarian advertising fliers to legitimate works of art. Since punk rock changed the rules of visual style in rock music and the rise of indie rock made irony and cultural appropriation key parts of the hipster lexicon, the style of rock posters has changed and a number of graphic artists have established international reputations for their work, in which they often present their own political and sociological statements in addition to publicizing concerts. Filmmaker Eileen Yaghoobian chats with some of the leading figures on the rock poster scene and examines the ideas and attitudes behind their work in the documentary Died Young, Stayed Pretty, which features interviews with Jay Ryan, Art Chantry, Mat Daly, Keith Herzik, Jeff Kleinsmith and many more. Featuring an original musical score by Mark Greenberg, Died Young, Stayed Pretty was an official selection at the 2008 Montreal World Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Died Young, Stayed Pretty

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  • Whenever the quaint, binary idea of a scrappy counterculture vs. The Man overshadows the personalities, craft, and musical context, the movie's an Adbusters bore.

    Jul 6, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Eileen Yaghoobian's documentary presents a lot of good art and entertaining personalities in a package that's diverting on a moment-to-moment basis, but lacks any organizing principal or precise point to make the whole cohere.

    Jul 6, 2010

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • It soon becomes apparent that there's no real structure or point of view to it all.

    Nov 5, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The poster makers... mine the outer limits of violence and misogyny with a garish, pop art palette.

    Oct 21, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • Suffer the perverse undertones and this is a fitting examination of a significant yet overlooked contemporary art form.

    Oct 21, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • The equivalent of being trapped in the lift of an east London style magazine while the entire staff simultaneously shout their theories of civilisation at you, this documentary is that tragic thing.

    Oct 16, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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