Monday, December 12, 2016

No Sleep: NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988-1999


"No Sleep" is a visual history of the halcyon days of New York City club life as told through flyer art - gathered in a new volume by Stretch Armstrong and Evan Auerbach. Spanning the late 1980s through the late 1990s, when nightlife buzz travelled via flyers and word of mouth, No Sleep features a collection of artwork from the personal archives of DJs, promoters, club kids, nightlife impresarios, and the artists themselves. Club flyers were ephemeral objects distributed on street corners, outside of nightclubs and concert halls, in clothing stores and retail shops, and were not intended to be preserved for posterity. Through the 90s, they became both increasingly prevalent and more sophisticated as printing technology evolved. However with the advent of the internet, the flyer essentially disappeared overnight, despite it being common at one time for promoters to print thousands for an event. So let’s take a trip back, back in time. - via Stretch Armstrong.