Update: Signed copies of the Barney Bubbles book available



Signed copies of Reasons To Be Cheerful, my acclaimed monograph of the radical British graphic artist Barney Bubbles, are now available from my eBay page.

Buy your copies here.

As well as a celebration of a pop culture great, Reasons To Be Cheerful is recognised as a significant design history, praised by leading magazines and newspapers around the world and voted MOJO’s book of the year . It is also a recommended reference source for graphics communications courses at leading educational institutions.

Reasons To Be Cheerful includes contributions from some of the most important graphic practitioners operating today, such as Art Chantry, Malcolm Garrett and Peter Saville.




It also features a personal tribute by Billy Bragg and exclusive interviews with Barney Bubbles’ inner circle, including family members, partners and design collaborators including Caramel Crunch (Pauline Kennedy) and Diana Fawcett, as well as pop and rock stars Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Nik Turner of Hawkwind and Rat Scabies of The Damned, Stiff Records founders Jake Riviera and Dave Robinson with Ian Dury and Billy Bragg’s manager Peter Jenner and photographers such as Brian Griffin.


This is the definitive story of Britain’s greatest graphic designer for music – born Colin Fulcher in Whitton, Middx in 1942; died in London, 1983 – covering his life from art school in the late 50s and early 60s amid the Eel Pie R&B/beat scene (where he designed an early poster for the Rolling Stones), his sojourn in San Francisco in the late 60s and his involvement in the west London Ladbroke Grove counter culture of the early 70s as art director for Hawkwind, Quintessence and also for underground papers OZ and Friends/Frendz.



The monograph also details Bubbles’ transition to the forefront of punk, new-wave and post punk, producing record sleeves designs, posters, advertising and videos for landmark released by Costello, Dury, The Damned, Depeche Mode, Dr Feelgood, Iggy Pop, Johnny Moped, The Specials, Squeeze… the list goes on.


Request a personal, dedicated signed copy to add to your pop culture library – send names with your orders and buy your copies here.

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3 Responses to “Update: Signed copies of the Barney Bubbles book available”

  1. Reuben Billingham Says:

    i would like to buy one of these books if they are still available?
    many thanks Reuben

  2. Richard Luckett Says:

    Are there any of these books left? I want one BADLY.

    Also…I’ve been all over online today trying to buy the Fred Perry BB clobber but I can’t find it on the FP website or anywhere.

    Thanks in advance,

    Richard Luckett

  3. Paul Gorman Says:


    The price has gone up as stocks are dwindling. See here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Reasons-to-be-Cheerful-The-Life-and-Work-of-Barney-Bubbles-by-Paul-Gorman-Hardback-2010/94041326

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