The Art of Atari is a hefty coffee table book that brings the art of Atari game boxes back in all their full-color, over-the-top glory. This is a must have for gamers, designers and fans of 80s pop culture.
Graphic novels are the perfect format for learning and Box Brown is a great teacher. His history of the highly addictive and mega-selling game Tetris is both educational and entertaining.
The Circle Jerks were one of the more popular SoCal hardcore bands in the 1980s. They played loud and fast and sent mosh pits into overdrive, but the band is also at least partly responsible for steering hardcore in the direction of tuneless, mindless, metal-tinged palp. That aside, they were an influential band and huge by 80s underground standards. This book from Microcosm is an interesting side note—not just to the Circle Jerks story, but to the greater L.A. punk rock history as well.
Through interviews with musicians, writers/artists and recording engineers, David Ensminger documents the history of the Rockford scene and paints a picture of a typical American city full of bored and restless youth with more energy and creativity than they knew what to do with.