All Hopped Up and Ready To Go


I hope everyone likes the above book cover design, as it’s the one we’re going with… Personally, I love it; I was thrilled when I saw the mock-ups, as I feel like it captures the gist of the book. All Hopped Up and Ready To Go will be published by WW Norton in the second half of this year.

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8 Comment(s)

  1. 3 February, 2009 at 1:14 am

    I love the picture, but I am looking forward to reading the words!

  2. Si N.

    3 February, 2009 at 2:31 am

    Hi Tony,

    From this distance it looks the part-a superb photo used there,and I look forward to reading it.
    C’mon Waterstones!


    Si N.

  3. 3 February, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Looks great! Can’t wait to hold the real thing.

  4. Patrick Tolbib

    3 February, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Absolutely rockin’!

  5. tadpoles

    4 February, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Love it Tony, in its Modern/Retro feel.

    Only thing I would add, seeing the words are the Ramones’, is a dash of Punk in the typography (and I don’t mean Julien Temple like).

    I do like the New York deco feel in the photo and surrounding the exclamation point and I do like the typography in another context but to add a edgier feel to it why not have some anarchic typography trying to burst out of that exclamation.

    Rawer, Energetic, which I’m sure describes most of the music not just punk.

    Mark would have some good ideas. Sorry for my 2 cents’ worth. Really looking forward to it and put me down for a few copies as I’ve got lots of people in mind for gifts.


  6. Mark Lerner

    4 February, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Love it.

  7. 5 February, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Glad to have the positive responses. To Tadpoles: Your point was considered all along, but to be honest, I was more concerned that the publishers would start out that way – with punk imagery – and negate all the hard work I put in on the earlier chapters. The artwork that we have is not “disco” to me, it’s possibly harking back to the jazz age, and if so, that’s okay. My philosophy is that people who do know my name know me more from writing about he 60s onwards, and may be inclined to pick up the book in part based on that, or enticed by the title, but that what we really need to do is draw in people to the fact that this book goes all the way back to the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age, and I believe the cover does that. It’s a definite case of not being able to please everyone in every aspect, but I was so glad that we started from this perspective and not a cheap compilation of famous faces…

    Greatly appreciate everyone’s input.


  8. tadpoles

    5 February, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Quick correction Tony to aline my thinking with what I think you mean. I said “deco” not “disco” (are you a speed reader?) which did have me thinking more jazz ’30’s feel which I really like especially in the graphic epitome of B/W New York at night photo.

    That’s why I thought anarchic punk typography trying to break out of the formal ‘deco’ graphic would be a nice bridge from the jazz age to the punk age.

    I think that’s in line with what you’re also been thinking.


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