Illustrated Rock and Roll is my way of talking about the songs we love.

The year-long series brought a new illustration every Friday morning from May 2016 through May 2017. About 25% of the illustrations are the product of requested songs.
The series culminated in two self-produced books. The first, Illustrated Rock and Roll, Volume One, is out now. Volume Two is in the works.
To hear all the songs featured in the Illustrated Rock and Roll series, check out this Spotify playlist.

Darkness on the Edge of Town by Bruce Springsteen

Tonight I’ll be on that hill cause I can’t stop I’ll be on that hill with everything I got Lives on the line where dreams are found and lost I’ll be there on time and I’ll pay the cost For wanting things that can only be found In the darkness on the edge of town …

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Twistin’ the Night Away by Sam Cooke

Here’s a man in evening clothes How he got here, I don’t know, but Man, you oughta see him go Twisting the night away He’s dancing with a chick in slacks She’s moving up and back Oh, man, there ain’t nothing like Twisting the night away Sam Cooke’s genius in his ability to do so …

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San Diego Serenade by Tom Waits

Never saw the morning til I stayed up all night I’m an unabashed sucker for schmaltz, and early Tom Waits has it in abundance. His first few albums are the sound of me reflecting back on being 20, wondering what I’d be reflecting back on now. His music makes me almost painfully nostalgic for some …

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Dance Yrself Clean by LCD Soundsystem

Wait until the weekend and we can make our dreams come true By request. This song is chock-full of illustratable lines, but this one stands out. Such ambition stated so plainly. If you’ve been following this series, you know about my obsession with economy—economy of words, economy of line… I love when a big idea …

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Let’s Dance by David Bowie

Put on your red shoes and dance the blues I love dancing, and if you look back over this series, you’ll see that I love drawing people dancing. So when this song was requested, thumbnails came pretty quickly. When I got the request for this song, the person’s reasoning had a lot to do with …

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This River is Wild by the Killers

I just want to show you what I know And catch you when the current lets you go Sure, the body of water being sung about in this song is wilder than the one I’ve depicted, but I don’t think Brandon Flowers is singing about a literal river, either—this song is about being comfortable with …

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