Blues Brothers

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Original poster re-design by Olly Moss (1980)

Today is the 34th anniversary of Blues Brothers the movie, but was inspired by the rhythm and blues revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedy actors Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live.

The story is a tale of redemption for paroled convict Jake and his brother Elwood, who take on “a mission from God” to save from foreclosure the Catholic orphanage in which they grew up. To do so, they must reunite their R&B band and organize a performance to earn $5,000 to pay the tax assessor. Along the way, they are targeted by a destructive “mystery woman”, Neo-Nazis, and a country and western band—all while being relentlessly pursued by the police.

On March 5, 1982, shortly after the release of their third studio album, John Belushi died in Hollywood of an overdose of heroin and cocaine. The Blues Brothers act continues to this day while Aykroyd has continued to be an active proponent of blues music and parlayed this avocation into a foundation and partial ownership of the House of Blues franchise. (source: Wikipedia)

This hooptie re-imagination is actually based off of another re-imagined poster, by British graphic designer and illustrator Olly Moss. Born in 1987, Moss has become a VERY FAST rising star of the design world. His poster re-designs and newly commissioned work have incited bidding wars, Hollywood studios stalk him, and his first solo art show just opened. In his words, he is “obsessed with making things,” so maybe that makes us kindred design spirits. (source: The Daily Beast)

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  • Date: June 20, 2014
  • Filed under: Movies