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The Story of the Face


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A landmark publication offering a definitive overview of the rise and fall of the era-defining magazine.

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Paul Gorman is a journalist, author and commentator on visual culture. He has written a number of books including The Look: Adventures in Rock & Pop Fashion, Reasons to be Cheerful: The Life & Work of Barney Bubbles and Derek Boshier: Rethink / Re-entry. He has staged a number of exhibitions in the UK and France, and is currently a writer at large for GQ.


'This huge, rich book is a celebration not only of the style bible but of British pop culture in the late 20th century' - Guardian
'A total treat' - Sunday Times
'A definitive, 352-page, "finally someone's done it", blockbuster book charting the rise and fall of "the magazine that changed culture"' - Creative Review
'A meticulous examination of The Face and its significance, from content and design to its wider influence' - Civilian
'A long-overdue record of the iconic publication' - Wylde
'A lighting bolt of nostalgia' - Financial Times
'[A] much-anticipated history' - Mr Porter
'Loud, vibrant and evocative' - It's Nice That
'Compendious and meticulously researched' - Observer
'Anyone interested in knowing the path along which British urban youth moved music, fashion, politics, the media and social issues to centre stage will find it here' - The Business of Fashion
'Lavish' - BBC Culture
'A mighty tome' - Electronic Sound
'Packed with stunning imagery and fascinating insights' - Creative Bloq
'An exhaustive and exacting account of how The Face split pop culture open at its seams with stories and visuals that are still imitated today' - Interview Magazine
'This coffee-table book, with its hundreds of lavishly reproduced covers and innovative page layouts, does full justice to the "world's best-dressed magazine"' - The Times Literary Supplement
'Paul Gorman's weighty tome ... reproduces the revolutionary graphics and images of his subject. This is accompanied by an exhaustive year-on-year account of the magazine's development and production' - New Humanist

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