by John Foy and Jim Paton

SNAPS CRACK POP! - Red Eye Records / Skull Printworks / Black Eye Records Cover

After screen-printing t-shirts and occasional posters for Phantom Records, John Foy started in 1979 what became Skull Printworks, printing posters for Sydney alternative bands and beyond. Foy designed and in most cases screen-printed posters for The Church, Steve Kilbey, The Crystal Set, The Bhagavad Guitars, and Curious (Yellow) among many others. Foy also worked with Red Eye Records and started the Red Eye Records label, which released albums, EPs and singles for Steve Kilbey, The Crystal Set, The Bhagavad Guitars, and Curious (Yellow) among many others.

Synopsis from the Publisher

It's a mongrel. Neither monograph nor memoir, 'Snaps, Crack & Pop!' is something in between. Utilising the rock posters of Skull Printworks and graphics of Red Eye and Black Eye Records, the book documents the unusual career path of designer and reluctant record executive, John Foy. It's a personal journal that traverses his experiences in the original 70's Punk era, legendary record stores, trading 60's psychedelic posters, as well as more recent exploits. With humour as weapon of choice, Foy establishes facts and dispels myths, as he interweaves his experiences with sociological observations of the times.

Along with notorious performers Thug, familiar entities like The Cruel Sea, Clouds, Steve Kilbey, Beasts of Bourbon, Deniz Tek and Kim Salmon - are revealed in a wealth of previously unseen images. Specially featured photographers include: Tony Mott, Linda Nolte, Geoff Aitken, Tom Takacs, Kim Sandeman, Russell Kilbey and Stephen Best - amongst others. Rich in colour throughout, the visuals of 'Snaps, Crack & Pop!' have been brilliantly realised by former Red Eye art director Jim Paton. It's a book like no other.

Promo Pic with book open to Fireman poster page

The Church/Kilbey-Related Content

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Comes with an "Errata Bookmark" (a 40mm x 300mm glossy paper bookmark listing 15 credits and notes overlooked in the book), a 4" x 6" postcard advertising the John Foy "In Your Eye" Poster Retrospective (August 18-27, 1999, Wemyss Gallery, Sydney), and a John Foy "World Citizen" business card.

The first 250 copies were "super deluxe" and contained "extra goodies" including a Book Plate individually signed by the authors John Foy and Jim Paton.