Record covers are a sign of our life and times. Like the music on the discs, they address such issues as love, life, death, fashion, and rebellion. For music fans the covers are the expression of a period, of a particular time in their lives. Many are works of art and have become as famous as the music they stand for―Andy Warhol’s covers, for example, including the banana he designed for The Velvet Underground.
This edition of Record Covers presents a selection of the best rock album covers of the 60s to 90s from music archivist, disc jockey, journalist, and former record-publicity executive Michael Ochs’s enormous private collection. Both a trip down memory lane and a study in the evolution of cover art, this is a sweeping look at an underappreciated art form.
About the series
Bibliotheca Universalis ― Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe!
From the Publisher
Album art from the 1960s to the 90s
“Vinyl revival? This book single-handedly champions the cause.”
— Inpress, Melbourne
Vinyl’s back in style and in this selection of 1000 of the most iconic record sleeves from the 60s to 90s, we recall why it’s the biggest and best music format ever. Iconic artwork, memorable cover-sleeves, and long-lost classics all jostle for space in this virtual shelf of music history.
Nirvana, Nevermind Geffen, 1991
Design & Art Direction: Robert Fisher/Photo: Kirk Weddle
Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan Columbia, 1963
Photo: Don Hunstein
Neil Young, Neil Young Reprise, 1968
Art Direction: Neil Young/Portrait: Roland Diehl
The Clash, London Calling Epic, 1979
Design: Ray Lowry/Photo: Pennie Smith
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