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True Stories movie poster, titles, album art

Contributed by Matthijs Sluiter on Jul 3rd, 2015. Artwork published in .
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    Cassette cover.

    Poster, soundtrack on cassette and album and screenshots for David Byrne’s 1986 music movie 'True Stories’.


    True Stories is a 1986 American film that spans the genres of musical, art, and comedy, directed by and starring David Byrne of the band Talking Heads. Byrne has described the film as, “A project with songs based on true stories from tabloid newspapers. It’s like 60 Minutes on acid.”

    Sounds from True Stories, (Music for Activities Freaks) is the soundtrack to the film. It was released only on cassette and LP.

    For the title on the tabloid, a different typeface was used than on the soundtrack and the Talking Heads album (Permanent Headline — note the Q in Quartet). It could be stretched Helvetica UltraCompressed.

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    Album cover.

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    Movie poster. 

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    Opening titles, scenes, intertitles and end titles taken from the film.


    • Permanent Headline
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    • Futura
    • Helvetica Compressed




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    2 Comments on “True Stories movie poster, titles, album art”

    1. Jul 3rd, 2015  12:25 pm
    2. Jul 3rd, 2015  12:38 pm

      Rick Poynor wrote an essay about True Stories for Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970–1990.

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