This project consisted of creating a lettering intended for a vinyl record cover. A portion of 8-12 words had to be selected, that portion was the main inspiration for the artwork. Many aspects of the portion of the song were taken into consideration, the sound, tone, and rhythm of the section were typographically expressed on the cover. 

The song chose for this project was Street Fighting Man from The Rolling Stones. The portion selected is between the second 0.00 – 0.22.
Street Fighting Man by The Rolling Stones
Complete song
Released: August 1968 (US single)
AP 1969
Context of Street Fighting Man
The year in which Street Fighting Man was release was 1968, in that year across the United States hounded of thousands of students and workers were gathering in the streets to demonstrate their opposition to the involvement of the country in the Vietnam war. Between late summer and early fall of 1968, the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam and the Youth International Party (Yippies) planned a youth festival to coincide with the Democratic National Convention. The result of these factors was clashes between the anti-war activists and the police and national guardsmen. 

At the same time, the Rolling Stones was released of their most political songs,  Street Fighting Man

Everywhere I hear the sound of marching, charging feet, boy
'Cause summer's here and the time is right for fighting in the street, boy

With such a subversive opening verse the song was banned in many radio stations in fear that this will incite further violence.

College students march against the war in Boston. October 16, 1965
Graphic pieces

The pieces of this work tried to condense all the visual elements of the social context of the song. That is why the main lettering emulates a handmade style, such as the protest banners and symbols present on the collective memory of the marches of the anti-war movements of the 1960s.
Street Fighting Man by The Rolling Stones
Trimmed version:
0:00 - 0:23 
Released: August 1968 (US single)
Lettering of the trimmed section of the song typographically expressing sound, tone and rhythm.​​​​​​​
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