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Dragon's Dream: Roger Dean [Hardcover]

Roger Dean


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Oct. 20 2008

The first two volumes that chronicled the unique art and design of Roger Dean were met with huge critical and popular success. Views (1975) went straight to number one on the bestseller list and went on to sell more than a million copies, and its successor Magnetic Storm (1984) enjoyed similar success. Dragon's Dream makes up the Roger Dean trilogy. A more ambitious work than its predecessors, it celebrates Roger's work from the last twenty years. This encompasses a panoramic dreamscape of original paintings; album covers, logos, and stage designs for bands including living legends Yes as they celebrate their 40th anniversary; virtual worlds, characters, and logos for computer games companies such as Psygnosis, Bullet-Proof Software, and Tetris; and concepts and designs for both opera and animated movies. Finally, there is a review of Roger's lifelong and prophetic passion for eco-friendly architecture, featuring the visionary prototypes with which he has addressed the topical issue of sustainable living in the twenty-first century. The first published collection of Roger Dean's work in more than twenty years, Dragon's Dream celebrates the enduring vision of one of the most significant artists of our time.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design (Oct. 20 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006162697X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061626975
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 29 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #352,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Roger Dean is internationally acclaimed as an artist and designer whose evocative and visionary images created a new genre. Made popular through the medium of album covers and posters, his work has sold in excess of 100 million copies. Roger became widely known in the 1970s for his album cover designs for Yes—including the classic logo now in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London—and a poll of Rolling Stone readers selected five of his designs in the top twenty best album covers of all time.


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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  18 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars "the grand epiphany" Oct. 28 2008
By Edward A. Schatz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It has been many years since I sat with Roger Dean in San Francisco. It was the release of his second oeuvre, Magnetic Storm. Thta book was an amazing work that I felt certain could never be topped............well, I was wrong. This volume, is so full of ideas, text, images, and more, it is scarcely to be contained between it's two covers. It is more than I could have ever expected frankly. It defies words and can only be experienced. So, that being said, get a copy and do so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Disappointed April 3 2009
By T. Hopf - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a great value. I've owned a few coffee-table art books, & this one is a keeper. Any fan of atmospheric fantasy art depicting nature will appreciate this publication. The price is right, so I purchased two & gave one as a gift to a friend of mine who, like me, is an avid fan of the progressive rock band "Yes". This work details many of Roger's commercial endeavor's in "new media" (computer games) & logos / company branding. Towards the end there's many pages dedicated to his architectural ideas. One thing that struck me was the comment (paraphrased): "If there's a piece that's still in Roger's studio, it is always subject to additional modifications." When this fellow has an idea, it becomes a study that remains a work-in-progress for years . . . often decades. I was struck by the number & complexity of sketches & mock-ups that Roger does as he fleshes out his ideas. When viewing Roger's imaginative landscapes, I often I think to myself "This looks like a very lonely, isolated & perhaps hostile place, but I'd love to take a long vacation there!"
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous artwork Feb. 8 2014
By wiredweird - Published on Amazon.com
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Dean's iconic Yes cover might be more recognizable today that the music it adorned. Although magnificent, they're far from Dean's only work and very possibly not his finest. They're certainly not his most ambitious, as his sleek, biomorphic home shows - architecture has always be among his interests, and a photo tour of this baffling but comfortable house shows.

Anyone interested in fantasy art needs to know about Dean. His style from the 1970s forward has been a huge influence in the field - it's hard to deny his artistic heritage, for example, in the floating mountains of Avatar, and subtler hints appear seemingly everywhere. As a bonus, this book describes some of the painstaking craftsmanship that goes into his amazing paintings.

-- wiredweird
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pretty coffee table book for prog rock enthusiasts. Jan. 17 2014
By LJG - Published on Amazon.com
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Roger Dean is awesome. His art is legendary. Highly recommend this and his other books. Arrived in perfect condition, no rips, tears.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Master returns Nov. 5 2013
By R. Trivinos - Published on Amazon.com
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I Have two other books by Roger Dean and I could miss this one. It is well worth it. A great artist showcasing his latest art.
A Fun of him for decades; still glad to see his art again.

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