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weird yet strange coverWeird Yet Strange: Notes from an Austin Music Artist

by Danny Garrett


200 pages, 8.5 x 11 • Paper with flaps $29.95
ISBN 978-0-87565-616-8

 

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Danny Garrett began creating music poster art at the same time that such art began to chronicle the establishment of the Austin music scene in the early 1970s. Over the course of the next two decades, Texas’s capital city became a world-renowned music mecca, and Austin music artists played a vital role in capturing and sharing the vibrant culture swelling within what would become the “Live Music Capital of the World.”

 

Describing the evolution of the Austin music poster, Garrett richly and poignantly details the history of the music, musicians, and venues that brought the surprising harmony of “the Austin Sound” to a country otherwise polarized by antagonistic cultural, social, and political perspectives.

 

Garrett’s collection includes posters for Willie Nelson and his Fourth of July Picnics, blues greats like B. B. King, Muddy Waters, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a host of great rock musicians—along with narratives that detail the rise of such iconic Austin venues as Armadillo World Headquarters and Antone’s.


  • “The Armadillo Art Squad had several world class poster artists but the real workhorse was Danny Garrett; his posters put Antone's, Austin's Home of the Blues, on the map. He was quick and that was important because so many shows were booked at the last minute. Danny didn't hesitate, he didn't whine, he just knocked 'em out of the park, over and over.”
    —Eddie Wilson, founder of Armadillo World Headquarters
  • “Danny Garrett offers a rich account of that Texas scene where country met blues, rock met folk, hippies met rednecks, and all of them played and worked together to revolutionize our cultural landscape. Garrett stood at the center and documented the who, what, when, where, and why of it all in striking and fanciful images, each of which tells a story. . . . The posters on each page stand as doorways to the past, and when you have the words of their creator to explain their origins, you have the key that opens that door wide.”
    —Jason Mellard, Assistant Director of the Center for Music History at TSU
  • “Danny Garrett’s iconic images of blues singers, honky-tonkers, and rock and rollers are integral to the visual aesthetics of Austin’s music scene, and his technical mastery is well known. Yet there exists in his work an underlying theoretical and semiotic venture that offers a variety of narratives for viewers of his work to uncover and explore.”
    —Alan Schaefer, Lecturer, Department of English, Texas State University
    Editor of Homegrown: Austin Music Posters 1967 to 1982
  • “Danny was there since the early days. His creativity and posters captured the spirit of the club, the music, and people who brought the blues to us all!”
    —Susan Antone, owner of Antone’s

A Texas native, DANNY GARRETT was drafted into the army for the Vietnam War in 1968. Following his service, he moved to Austin, where he began to practice his poster art for Armadillo World Headquarters, Antone’s, and many other clients. Garrett’s posters promoted the appearances of such legends as Muddy Waters, B. B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson, and Eric Clapton. Garrett has also produced a substantial body of film and computer game work, in addition to teaching art and design at Austin Community College and Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. He lives with his wife, Kelley, in the Texas Hill Country, where he continues to draw, paint, and write.