Book Review | Icon & Idols by Victor Pross
Title: Icons & Idols: Pop goes the Culture
Author: Victor Pross
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.