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Six Books for Album Cover Junkies


If you’re a sucker for cool album artwork, or if you’re a graphic designer who’s looking for album cover inspiration, here are some must-read books…

1,000 Record Covers

Source: Davidg.ro

This book, as what the title says, is a collection of photos of 1000 record covers.  It contains the best covers from the 1960s until the 1990s. Albums are usually presented either one or two to a page with the two-to-a-page format.

In the Groove

Source: ST33

This book features eight of the most prolific and influential designers working through 1940-1960.Discover how these pioneering designers got to grips with the new medium and exploited the format to the full.

Graphic Beats

Source: Monsa

Graphic Beats has collected a large number of covers from all over the world in which we can find an enormous range of graphic images from dozens of artists and music genres. And we thought it would be a good idea to play a little game. We highlighted the music genre for each project at the top of the page. Are we able to tell the genre of each album merely from the visual impact of its cover?

Vinyl Junkies: Adventures in Record Collecting

Source: Barnes and Noble

Brett Milano traveled the U.S. seeking out the most die-hard and fanatical collectors to capture all that it means to be a vinyl junkie. Includes interviews with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Peter Buck from R.E.M and Robert Crumb, creator of Fritz the cat and many more underground comics.

The Music Lover’s Guide to Record Collecting

Source: Barnes and Noble

From tips for evaluating recordings, to lively discussions of bootlegs and piracy, to the history of recording formats, to collectible artists and more, The Music Lover’s Guide to Record Collecting covers all the tracks. Designed for anyone who collects records for pleasure or profit, at garage sales or on eBay, this guide is both informative and entertaining. If offers a wealth of detail and informed opinion – unique in a field dominated by stodgy price guides. Engaging entries and essays explore the development of all recording mediums, from 78s to MP3; the distinctive character of imports; “most collected artists,” from The Beatles to Nirvana; collectible labels, such as Sun, Chess and Motown;

The Greatest Album Covers of All Time

Source: Barnes and Noble

500 memorable images in this amazing collection, all chosen by a panel of 50 experts and each accompanied by enlightening commentary. Among the choices: the brilliantly psychedelic and way-out art from the Rolling Stones’ Their Satanic Majesties Request; Peter Tosh’s fiery cover for Bush Doctor; and the somewhat demented-looking prom queen on Hole’s Live Through This album.

Hope these books inspire you!

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