THOM YORKE & STANLEY DONWOOD

KID A MNESIA - A Book of Radiohead Artwork

Allen & Unwin

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A celebration of the process and artwork created for the Radiohead albums Kid A and Amnesiac.

"A celebration of the ideas, both written and drawn, that were behind the creation of the Radiohead albums Kid A and Amnesiac . . . Includes faxes, notes, scribblings and sketches that musician Yorke and artist Donwood exchanged in the run-up to the creation of two iconic albums" ― Independent

"The themes they [explore] (global warming, government surveillance, the corrosive power of the internet) are still strikingly relevant" ― Scotsman

"These companion art books show the depth of Radiohead singer Thom Yorke and visual artist Stanley Donwood's decades-long creative partnership . . . Filled with rare artwork, early drafts, poetry and even a glossary to many of their inspirations, these works shed light on some of their more cryptic mysteries, while folding in new shadows to consider" ― Variety

Whilst these records were being conceived, rehearsed, recorded and produced, Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood made hundreds of images. These ranged from obsessive, insomniac scrawls in biro to six-foot-square painted canvases, from scissors-and-glue collages to immense digital landscapes. They utilised every medium they could find, from sticks and knives to the emerging digital technologies.

The work chronicles their obsessions at the time: minotaurs, genocide, maps, globalisation, monsters, pylons, dams, volcanoes, locusts, lightning, helicopters, Hiroshima, show homes and ring roads. What emerges is a deeply strange portrait of the years at the commencement of this century. A time that seems an age ago - but so much remains the same.


A celebration of the Radiohead albums 
Kid A and Amnesiac, this book showcases more than 300 colour artworks. It features a dialogue between Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood about the creative process and a specially commissioned essay, Kid Alphabet, by Gareth Evans about Radiohead’s body of work.

Kid A Mnesia is a 240 x 189mm hardback with a paper case cover printed in 5 colours on uncoated stock with debossing on the front and spine and a specially designed, peelable sticker. Inside, the endpapers are dyed black uncoated paper. 360 pages long and heavily illustrated throughout, the internal pages are printed in 5 colours on coated Italian paper with one 40-page section at the midpoint on heavy uncoated paper. A paper gatefold section ends the book folding out to reveal a spread of 3 images each side.