Rock Covers Book: 40th Anniversary Edition

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Book publisher TASCHEN is celebrating its 40th anniversary by presenting new editions of some of its titles―now more compact, and friendly in price. One such release is Rock Covers which is being offered for just $25.

From the announcement: Album art is indelibly linked to our collective musical memories; when you think of your favorite albums, you picture the covers. Many photographers, illustrators, and art directors have become celebrities from their album artworks―the best examples of which will go down in history as permanent fixtures in popular culture.

Paying tribute to this art form, Rock Covers offers a compilation of more than 750 remarkable album covers, from legendary to rare record releases. Artists as varied as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, the Sex Pistols, Pink Floyd, the Cure, Iron Maiden, and Sonic Youth are gathered together in celebration of the cover art that defined their albums and their cult status. Each cover is accompanied by a fact sheet listing the art director, photographer or illustrator, year, label, and more, while nearly 250 records that marked particular turning points for a band, an artist, or the music genre, are highlighted with short descriptions.

This far-reaching catalog of visualized rock is contextualized with insider interviews with professionals who shaped the history of rock, and by top-10 record lists from ten leading rock collectors.

Author Robbie Busch aka “McBoing Boing” is an internationally recognized record collector and DJ. He has worn many artistic hats over the years: consulter and producer for numerous record labels, writer and photographer for magazines, comic book artist/writer and storyboard artist.

Author Jonathan Kirby is a record collector and music writer. He served as an editor for Brooklyn-based music magazine Wax Poetics, has contributed in-depth articles for Oxford American and The Fader and is currently an A&R exec for an archival label.

The book’s editor, Julius Wiedemann, was an art editor for newspapers and design magazines before joining TASCHEN in 2001. His titles include the Illustration Now! and Record Covers series, as well as the infographics collection and books about advertising and visual culture.

Related: A closer look at the book’s choice for its cover

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  1. phil
    #1 phil 18 September, 2020, 00:33

    I enjoyed a ‘top 200’ covers book by two chaps who designed them and unapologetically included a few. Their presentation made sense. I specialize in covers with faces that take up the entire square ..

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