Album: Style and Image in Sleeve Design

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Mitchell Beazley, Nov 11, 2003 - Antiques & Collectibles - 256 pages
The 20th century witnessed the birth of the LP record and with it the phenomenon of the record sleeve - the perfect canvas for many of the most inspired and loved graphic images ever created. Millions of people buy albums, and cds, and millions adore their albums not just for the music, but also for the sleeve artwork which becomes by association the visual representation of everything the album represents for the listener. This unique book is the first visual history of this phenomenon and of the designers, recording artists, and record companies associated with the greatest music graphics. Bringing together all the pioneers of this art form, design expert Nicholas de Ville describes the background, influences, and contribution of each artist and design studio. Structured chronologically, with an introduction explaining the artistic, musical, and social-historical background, the chapters focus on individuals - such as the virtuoso psychedelic designer, Victor Moscoso, the legendary Rick Griffin, and the prolific Mick Haggerty - on music scenes and subcultures, including themes as diverse as punk, surfers, Tamla Motown, Disco Divas and DJ Culture. Written and complied by acclaimed record cover designer and art historian, Professor Nicholoas de Ville, "Album is a unique overview of the genre of sleeve design, and is an unprecedented account of the extensive creative cross-fertilization between designers, art directors, photographers, musicians, and record labels. Essential for every designers, music lover, record collector, and art enthusiast.

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