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Maximum Plunder: The Poster Art of Mike King

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Mike King has made more concert posters than any designer in America. This book contains more than 1000 of them.

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Broke Ass Stuart

"King’s place as an iconic image generator was not deliberate, instead like many things punk, it was a head first tumble into an accidental career."

Boing Boing

Boing Boing

"The book presents nearly 1,100 of his remarkable posters from every period in nearly every musical genre."

FreeRange: The Working Not Working Blog

"Help fund this book that celebrates the alliance of music and design."

If you’re a music fan, chances are you’ve come across Mike King’s concert posters.

Maybe you were getting soaked waiting in line for a show at one the Northwest’s legendary concert venues and you were checking out the posters stapled on a nearby telephone pole, or you needed something to look at while holding your friend’s hair back in a filthy bathroom in a nameless dive, so you fixated on a poster for an upcoming concert. Wherever you were, whether it was La Luna, Satyricon, The Moore Theater, The Showbox, Roseland Theater, Crystal Ballroom, Doug Fir, etc. Mike King’s art was probably there too.

Posters done by Mike King.

About Maximum Plunder

Spanning three decades of music, Maximum Plunder gathers together Mike’s work into a comprehensive retrospective. A five-year project, the book presents nearly 1,100 of his remarkable posters from every period in nearly every musical genre, from country to death metal, jazz to punk. You’ll see striking examples of Mike’s work for both internationally famous bands to barely-known local artists.

  • 280 pages of posters in glorious color and crappy black and white
  • Forward by noted graphic designer, writer, and former Kinko’s employee Sean Tejaratchi
  • Introduction by Mike King using actual words
  • Nine chapters of various lengths and content
  • Extensive, frequently interesting commentary
  • Fully alphabetical Index
  • For those with low expectations, this book contains everything you need to know

Website: www.maximumplunder.com, www.crashamerica.com
Headquarters Locations: Portland, Oregon and New York City, New York

About Mike King

Mike is a prolific designer – having produced more than 5000 posters, from the Afghan Whigs to ZZ Top. His works have appeared in books, magazines, museums and galleries across various parts of the globe including: The Experience Music Project (Seattle), The Museum of Design (Atlanta), the Bold Hype Gallery (NYC), Gallery 1988 (L.A.), to name just a few. He has been published in Spin, Juxtapoz, and numerous anthologies of contemporary art and design, and his works are sought by collectors the world over.

A native of suburban Portland, Mike got his start making posters for the punk/noise bands he played in. From those early days of bad xeroxes and trading poster design for admission to shows, Mike now works full-time as a designer and artist in NYC.


  • 9 x 12 inches
  • 280 pages with printed endpapers
  • Clothbound hardcover including foil debossing
  • Dust jacket printed with metallic ink
  • Full color interiors on high quality matte art paper
  • Section sewn binding

The Maximum Plunder book cover jacket.

Manufacturing Plan

  • We are in the final editing and production phase.
  • We’ve selected a printer, and are ready to send the files once finalized.

Risks & Challenges

  • Printing or shipping delays could cause a problem for all parties; we will be as transparent and proactive as possible to minimize issues.
  • Dropping book on foot could hurt.

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