Meet beatnik poster artist Earl Newman at Venice book signing


A special book signing event featuring beatnik poster artist Earl Newman will be held this Thursday, Oct. 9 in Venice from 6 pm to 8 pm at‏ Small World Books, 1407 Ocean Front Walk.

In 1960, Newman settled into the space where Small World Books in Venice, California, exists today.

There, he created posters for The Gas House, The Ash Grove, Venice West, The Troubadour, and The Insomniac Cafe, the latter of which would inspire The Beach Boys’ “Smile” album cover.

Along with 50 straight years of Monterey Jazz Festival posters, Newman also created a poster series for P.O.P., which are reprinted in our book “Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier” (Christopher Merritt/Domenic Priore, 2014 Process Media).

Newman and Domenic Priore will be signing books, showing some footage, and Priore will be interviewing Newman and engaging attendees with a Q&A.

Come see this great artist, now in his mid-’80s, who is currently making available prints of his eight Pacific Ocean Park posters suitable for framing.

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