The Greatest Album Covers of All Time

The Greatest Album Covers of All Time


By (author) Barry Miles, By (author) Grant Scott, By (author) Johnny Morgan

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  • Publisher: COLLINS & BROWN
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 224mm x 224mm x 23mm | 1,089g
  • Publication date: 3 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843404818
  • ISBN 13: 9781843404811
  • Illustrations note: 250 images
  • Sales rank: 138,380

Product description

At a time when music is increasingly being downloaded and uploaded, the art of packaging music is being lost. For the past five decades musicians have displayed their work inside packages that were often as integral as the music itself. This book brings together 250 of the greatest album covers of all time and is arranged chronologically, beginning in 1956. There is a 50-strong judging panel selecting the final 250 entries, those judges having been drawn from the great and the good of the music industry. The panel includes famous designers, musicians, producers and record company executives whose reasons for choosing covers will accompany the illustration of the sleeve. From rock "n" roll to pop, R&B to jazz, blues and even folk some of the album covers included are obvious and essential to such a volume, while others will surprise readers and jog memories. The chosen entries might not necessarily be of a best-selling release, but they will be important artistically, stylistically or culturally. This book will undoubtedly be an object of discussion and argument for music fans the world over.

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Author information

Miles has written several seminal books on the Beat generations, including biographies of Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac, and in October 2002 published his memoirs of the decade titled In The Sixties (Jonathan Cape). He is the author of the best selling Hippie (Cassell Illustrated, 2003). Grant Scott has art directed several leading magazines, including Tatler and English Elle, and has worked with photographers such as William Klein, Jean Loup Sieff, David Bailey and Don McCullin. Choosing to move behind the camera lens, Scott was winner of the John Kobal Portrait Awards 2000 and has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery.