Homegrown: Austin Music Posters 1967 to 1982

A new book from UT Press, has just been released: Homegrown: Austin Music Posters 1967 to 1982

It was compiled and authored by Alan Schaefer, of the Whitliff Collection and Texas State University. My work is included in it, as is the work of my colleagues Kerry Awn, Ken Featherston, Jim Franklin, Henry Gonzalez, Jack Jackson, Guy Juke, Bill Narum, Micael Priest, Sam Yeates, and Dale Wilkins. This is a comprehensive collection of Austin poster art from that period. If you are curious about how Austin got it’s musical reputation and garnered the title, Live Music Capitol of the World, this book is an indispensable visual explanation of how that came to be. Beautifully done, with excellent reproductions of some of Austin’s finest music posters, this volume is a must for anyone interested in this art. It is an especially important resource for those who collect Austin music art.


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Princess April Morning-Glory

23 Sept 2009: Auckland, New Zealand

Princess April Morning-Glory

                       About five years ago I began a project of restoration that is now poised to bear fruit in the form of a timeless and quite unique children’s book. It is called Princess April Morning-Glory and was completed in 1941. It was written and uniquely illustrated by my wife’s stepmother, Letitia Fairbanks, the niece of Hollywood’s very first royal family, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. A timeless tale of a fairy princess and her adventures in a magical realm, it holds a unique spot at the crossroads of children’s literature, Hollywood, history, and art.

                      The restoration itself was a meticulous digital rebuilding of watercolor illustrations and hand-inked calligraphy that had been created front-to-back on porous vellum, with the unfortunate results of bleed through over both image and word, as well as the natural ravages of time. With the vital and tireless help of my wife, Kelley, the restored book has now been placed in the publishing arena by Amanda Millner-Fairbanks, Letitia’s granddaughter and currently a journalist for The New York Times. I will be posting updates as we make progress on this collaborative endeavor.                       –– dg