Book Review | Icon & Idols by Victor Pross


Title: Icons & Idols: Pop goes the Culture
Author: Victor Pross

My Review: 

Icons & Idols: Pop Goes the Culture is a unique book. It is beautifully put together and would be a great coffee table book, if you’re into that sort of thing. The artwork of Victor Pross is, for the most part, compelling. His caricatures of famous — and infamous — pop culture icons are sometimes disturbing, at times intriguing, but always memorable.

I questioned, though, some of Pross’ choices; does Fred Ward with the likes of Marlon Brando and Robert DeNiro? Probably not. Is Marilyn Manson really considered the spokesperson of his generation? Not in my opinion. I also didn’t think that the caricature of Marilyn Monroe was representative of the starlet. It looked more like a young Madonna.

I have to say that I, forever the word nerd, had a great deal of difficulty with the glaring lack of editing in the text; there are errors in capitalization, punctuation, spelling, grammar, you name it.

However — and this is a big however — I still enjoyed Icons & Idols a great deal. The artwork won’t give you nightmares, but it will stick with you. After I put it down, I found myself thinking about it, wondering when I would have an opportunity to get back to it. So, when it’s all said and done, isn’t that really the effect that a book should have? If this book went through a round of serious editing, it would be a gem. However, for the person who appreciates pop culture (or our fascination with it) or art in a less traditional form, it will still be a fascinating addition to their library.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.


Kristin is the mom of two boys and two girls and lives outside of Philadelphia, PA. She loves to read, write, shop, and spend as much of her summer as possible at the Jersey shore!

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