See classic 1990s NME illustrations by Run Wrake

End Of A Century is a compilation of art by the late great graphic artist, drawn from the NME archives.


A new book out in June promises to take you on a nostalgic trip through the albums and artists that defined the 90s, a delve into the NME archive featuring fantastic illustrations by Run Wrake.

The late graphic artist and artist created iconic Dada-esque illustrations to accompany album reviews in the pages of the iconic music paper.

The book, End Of A Century, is a compilation of many of his distinctive contributions, curated by his widow, Lisa Wrake.

Read on to see works from the book.

Run Wrake was raised in Sussex and studied graphics at the Chelsea College of Art.

His graduation film, Anyway, won the BP Expo prize, the first of many international awards over a varied animation career, including a Bafta nomination for the rather disturbing Rabbit.

An avid music fan, he provided distinctive illustrations for the reviews and feature pages of the NME between 1988 and 2000, as well as creating visuals for tours by U2, The Rolling Stones and others.

He died in 2012, aged 48.

Image: Madonna, February 1998


The bands and artists featured in the book are hugely diverse, reflecting a decade of shifting musical, cultural, political and artistic trends.

Together, Run Wrake’s witty and inventive illustrations form an exhilarating visual guide to a period remembered for its heady mix of guitar-driven grunge and Britpop, gangster rappers and manufactured popstars.

Image: Public Enemy, May 1998

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The book features albums by the likes of Julian Cope, Chemical Brothers, Joy Division, Madonna, Kylie, The Flaming Lips, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Manic Street Preachers, Pop Will Eat Itself, Blur, Belle & Sebastian, Public Enemy, St Etienne, Pet Shop Boys, Suede, Foo Fighters, and David Bowie.

Image: Prince, September 1995


Run Wrake’s distinctive graphic style offers a synthesis of popular culture, incorporating pop art, collage, and computer-generated fantasias. 

Publisher SelfMadeHero describes End of a Century as 'unique collection that will appeal to fans of illustration and music alike'.

Image: The Fall, April 1993


The book also features an introduction by broadcaster and former NME editor, Andrew Collins.

Available in June for £24.99, End Of A Century is 208 pages (colour, hardback) and is published by SelfMadeHero

Image: Polygon Window, January 1993

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