The Art of Darkness is the first major overview of goth music and culture, exploring both it’s legacy and influence. It’s a first-hand account of the post-punk era, the bands and clubs that defined the genre, plus interviews with many of the key players and stars.
It starts with the fall of Rome and concludes with the rise of Instagram, whilst also weaving in a list of characters and artistic movements. These include (George Gordon) Byron, the romantic poets, European folk tales, Gothic architecture, painters and the occult, as it explains the art of darkness that has captivated generations.
‘John Robb brilliantly illuminates the realm of imagination and dark beauty. Enter the other inside of love. The kingdom of Goth is within you ‘ – Johnny Marr
‘An encyclopaedia of excitement, thanks to this book Goth is undead.’ – Chris Packham
‘John Robb has written the definitive book on a scene that demands to be celebrates. Fascinating, thoughtful, surprising and freakishly detailed.’ – Grace Dent