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Woman with flowery hair with record album spinning around her head with colorful figures
Detail from Milton Glaser's poster for Lillian Roxon's Discotique, 1972.
January 11, 2021

Lillian Roxon's Discotique

Lillian Roxon, the trailblazing Australian music journalist and author of the massive Lillian Roxon’s Rock Encyclopedia (1969) was a rich subject for any artist. The charismatic writer moved from Sydney to New York City in 1962 where she became an early chronicler of the 1960s rock music scene and culture. 

Episodes of “Lillian Roxon’s Discotique,” originally broadcast in 1971, were two-minutes in length and devoted to Roxon expounding on a single topic. The recordings were later distributed on vinyl and syndicated to American radio stations. The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia has made some episodes available, along with miscellaneous other recordings and interviews with Roxon.
 
Woman with album spinning around her head with colorful figures
Milton's poster for Discotique, 1972.


Glaser-heads are probably familiar with his 1972 poster for “Lillian Roxon’s Discotique” (that image also seems to have been repurposed for use related to “Lillian Roxon: Mother of Rock,” Paul Clarke’s 2010 documentary.) However, it looks like Milton designed two other variations that were never produced, as far as I can tell.
Ear with sound streaming out of  it in 3-D room
Unpublished comp for Lillian Roxon's Discotique.
Dancing shoe with ear inside in 3-D room
Unpublished comp for Lillian Roxon's Discotique.
 Unlike the published poster, which centers on a portrait of a woman, the comps are even more surreal and feature abstract depictions of sound. Roxon, who died in 1973 at the age of forty, was such a singular presence on the New York scene that it’s not surprising that the final poster would focus on her.

The post also appears in PRINT.