The most important record covers in rock history
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 brings you 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 five professionals who shaped the history of rock, and by top-10 record lists from ten leading rock collectors.
“…a lovingly and illuminatingly annotated journey throughout decades’ worth of striking, historical album sleeves.”
— Metal Hammer, London
About the series
TASCHEN turns 40 this year! Since we started our work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible publishing, helping bookworms around the world curate their own library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia at an unbeatable price. In 2020, we celebrate 40 years of incredible books by staying true to our company credo. The 40 series presents new editions of some of the stars of our program—now more compact, friendly in price, and still realized with the same commitment to impeccable production.
All the books in the 40 series have:
• Thick cardboard hardcover WITHOUT jacket
• Highly resistant glossy lamination
• Square spine
• Prolongued printed back end that surrounds the book block and folds in behind the cover, protecting the pages (you can fold it behind the last page when you look at or in the book or use it as a bookmark)
• NO shrink-wrap
Jon Kirby is a record collector and music writer based in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of the University of North Carolina's Journalism School, he served as an editor for Brooklyn-based music magazine Wax Poetics, and has contributed in-depth articles for the Oxford American and the Fader. He is currently an A&R at Chicago's famed archival label the Numero Group, where he researches and compiles albums illuminating lesser-known talents from music history's deepest recesses. His last two years have been spent conceiving Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound, which details the rise of funk-rock progenitor Prince, surveying his hometown's music scene at the beginning of his journey to world fame.
Robbie Busch aka “McBoing Boing” is an internationally recognized record collector and DJ. Robbie has worn many artistic hats over the years. He has worked as a writer and photographer for national magazines including: Wax Poetics, Big Brother & XXL. He has been as a consultant and producer to numerous record labels including: Fania Records, Cultures of Soul & BBE. He has been a comic book artist/writer for: DC, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics; as well as a storyboard artist for Nickelodeon, MTV & Cartoon Network. In his spare time he is currently finishing work on his first feature length documentary, Thank You For Not Dancing. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.
Julius Wiedemann was born in Brazil, studied graphic design and marketing, and was an art editor for digital and design magazines in Tokyo. His many TASCHEN digital and media titles include Illustration Now!, Advertising Now, Logo Design, and Brand Identity Now!
|Author||Robbie Busch, Jonathan Kirby, Julius Wiedemann|
|Dimensions||cm 15,6 x 21,7|
|Language/s||Italian, Spanish, Portuguese|