Over the years we featured several books celebrating the art of the record sleeve, including Jazz Covers and Jazz Covers 2. Art book publisher Taschen and editor Julius Wiedemann have teamed up once again to explore the age of rock music, starting with Little Richard, on to The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and Sonic Youth. As with their previous books, each cover comes with a fact sheet listing art director, photographer or illustrator. The whole thing is rounded up by interviews and top-10 lists by record collectors.
The book is already available from the Taschen store, Amazon and hopefully from your local book shop.
Robbie Busch, Jonathan Kirby, Julius Wiedemann
Hardcover, 29,3 x 29,3 cm, 552 pages
Following the success of their Jazz Covers book, German publisher Taschen and Portuguese record collector Joaquim Paulo have teamed up again. In Funk & Soul Covers, they portray over 500 artworks from the likes of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Earth, Wind & Fire, Prince, Michael Jackson and just about everybody else.
The book is spiced up with interviews with Larry Mizell, David Ritz and Daptone’s Gabriel Roth, as well as personal favourites by Danny Krivit, Steinski, Andy Smith, Egon (Stones Throw/Now-Again), Quantic and many others.
You can leaf through the book online or buy a copy, starting this September.
June 22, 2012 Taschen has started selling this book for a reduced price of only €14.99
Funk & Soul Covers
Joaquim Paulo, Julius Wiedemann
Softcover with flaps, 24 x 24 cm, 432 pages, € 29.99
About a week ago, I showcased some of my favourite record covers this year. At the time I also asked Belgian musician, designer and shop owner Dynooo for his opinion on the matter. The reason I picked him was simple: the artwork for his own Gum Dragon EP impressed me a lot and I’ve been a huge fan of his delivery post articles for his Mac Fly shop.
I credited the artwork where possible, among the designers above are Wallzo (Hot Chip), Laura Brothers (Warp 2010), Chris Johanson (Quasi) and Maya Hayuk (BFlecha).
A selection off his favourite all-time record covers comes from Nitzan Hermon, London based designer, the founder of Save Vinyl and head of Fine Art Recordings.
Find out more about the artists: Build founder Michael C. Place (Warp10+2), C100 Purple Haze (Funkstörung), Machine (I:Cube), photographer Dan Holdsworth (Jacen Solo), Non-Format (Motohiro Nakashima) or Oliver Kartak (K&D).
Always interested in the artwork that packages the music, I have collected some record covers I particularly liked in the first half of 2010. These are not necessarily records I listen to or write about, in fact I’ve included some I’m not even familiar with, stuff I came across through newsletters and some other websites. Most of them came out this year, with some exceptions from 2009.
As you can see, I’m fully backing current trends like triangles, pattern-based designs or symmetric compositions.
Some of the artists responsible for the artwork shown above: Andy Gilmore (Warp), Erosie (3024), GiveUpArt (Tempa, Rinse, Apple Pips), Optigram (Hyperdub), Donal Thornton (Onra), Future Classic Design (Future Classic), James Joyce and of course The Designers Republic. If you can help with those I missed, please leave a comment.
Watch out for the second part of this post, in which Dynooo (Mac Fly) and Nitzan Hermon (Fine Art Recordings) pick their favourites.
From Italian production studio Filmatindustriali comes this nice video for the Bellavista Social Pub in Siena. Each of the video’s scene resembles an original artwork from the Blue Note label, including classics from Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey, Lonnie Smith, Bobby Hutchinson or Donald Byrd.
You might also want to check out the Vimeo page of the director Bante.
Christmas is not that far anymore, about time to have a look at potential presents for the music enthusiast in your circle of friends. German publisher Taschen recently released a book about Jazz Covers. On almost 500 pages Joaquim Paulo has collected LP covers from between the 1940s to the 1990s. Accompanied by a fact sheet listing performers, label or the designers behind the cover artworks, the book also features the top-10 favourite covers from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Yoshihiro Okino, Ed Motta, King Britt or Rainer Trüby. Also featured are interviews with jazz personalities Rudy Van Gelder, Creed Taylor, Michael Cuscuna or Ashley Kahn.
You can flip through the Jazz Covers online or purchase it directly on the Taschen website. However, I recommend dropping by your local book store, where you can probably find the book for a bargain price.
Joaquim Paulo, Julius Wiedemann
Hardcover, 24 x 24 cm, 496 pages, €39.99