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1000 Record Covers

Posted on 03/09/2010 by Shawn O'Keefe

Do you need more typography to rock? Is your limited record collection letting you down? Then don’t miss 1000 Record Covers from Michael Ochs. Published by Taschen, this archive is album cover porn at its very best.

“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 special edition of Record Covers presents a selection of the best 60s to 90s rock album covers from music archivist, disc jockey, journalist, and ex-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 under-appreciated art form.”

You’ll likely see us discuss a few album covers from this excellent resource down the line. Stay tuned.

What Others Are Saying

  1. Doug Kubert 05/06/2010 at 1:09 am

    Essential book for font rockers! I’ve had an older version of it (black cover, circle title set in Officina Sans Bold) for over a decade and it’s always a go-to source for inspiration. This, and the Blue Note album cover books Chronicle put out. They may not be about rock albums, but you can’t beat Reid Miles’ lively interplay of type and photography.

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