Died Young, Stayed Pretty
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Every rock band, from the most famous stadium-level superstars to the lowly beginners hobbling from one basement gig to the next in a rusty van, needs to let their fans know when and where they'll be playing, and since the late 1960's rock posters have gone from utilitarian advertising fliers to legitimate works of art. Since punk rock changed the rules of visual style in rock music and the rise of indie rock made irony and cultural appropriation key parts of the hipster lexicon, the style of rock posters has changed and a number of graphic artists have established international… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

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"Whenever the quaint, binary idea of a scrappy counterculture vs. The Man overshadows the personalities, craft, and musical context, the movie's an Adbusters bore."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"The poster makers... mine the outer limits of violence and misogyny with a garish, pop art palette."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Eileen Yaghoobian's fabulous debut doc is an inclusive look at the renaissance of poster art in the wake of punk and the rebirth of a defiant counterculture."
‑ John Griffin, Montreal Gazette
"Died Young is an entertaining film with sharp cultural observations that even dares to examine the collective American psychoses."
‑ Clint O'Connor, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"What a cool, unexpected kick this film was."
‑ Tim Basham, Paste Magazine
"Eileen Yaghoobian's documentary presents a lot of good art and entertaining personalities in a package that's diverting on a moment-to-moment basis, but lacks any organizing principal or precise point to make the whole cohere."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"The lack of narrative direction, exploitable drama or character growth strands the film at the level of an animated picture-book accompanied by lots of gratuitous whining."
‑ India Bourke, Time Out
"This is a mildly interesting documentary that takes at face value the claims made for their art by the naive nihilists who design jagged, violent and often obscene posters for local rock groups across North America."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Are these cultural artifacts or just more trash littering the light posts and bulletin boards of your city? That all depends on the eye of the beholder."
‑ Mark Fagan, Austin Chronicle
"Suffer the perverse undertones and this is a fitting examination of a significant yet overlooked contemporary art form."
‑ Adam Woodward, Little White Lies
"It soon becomes apparent that there's no real structure or point of view to it all."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Yaghoobian proves she has a flair for the telling detail every bit as keen as her subjects'."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Concentrated in such alterna-scenes as Boston, Austin, and Seattle, this repulsive bunch [of poster artists] exude more counter-culture geek clichés than Comic Book Guy."
‑ Chris Faraone, Boston Phoenix
"It's a visually stunning film, even if the subject matter isn't hugely compelling."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The film reminds us of a tactile, cut-and-paste subculture that's still alive and well in the internet age."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
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