Rock Covers

Rock Covers

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.

Rock Covers
Robbie Busch, Jonathan Kirby, Julius Wiedemann
Hardcover, 29,3 x 29,3 cm, 552 pages
ISBN 978-3836545259

Jazz Covers Vol. 2

Jazz Covers Vol. 2

Back in November 2008, I wrote about Taschen’s Jazz Covers book, so I wanted to mention the publisher is now offering a follow-up. The book features a selection of top 10 favourite records by the likes of King Britt, Gilles Peterson, Rainer Trüby and others, as well as interview with Blue Note engineer Rudy Van Gelder, label founder Creed Taylor, producer Michael Cuscuna, designer Bob Ciano and Jazz Record Center owner Fred Cohen.

For a better impression, take a look at the images taken from the book over on the Taschen website. The book is 12-inch sized, has 560 pages and is available now for €39.99!

Jazz Covers Vol. 2
Joaquim Paulo, Julius Wiedemann
Hardcover, 2 vols. in slipcase, 30 x 30 cm, 560 pages, €39.99
ISBN 978-3-8365-2406-3

Funk & Soul Covers

Funk & Soul Covers

Book Cover

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
ISBN: 978-3-8365-1986-1

Jazz Covers

Book Cover

Book Cover

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.

Jazz Covers
Joaquim Paulo, Julius Wiedemann
Hardcover, 24 x 24 cm, 496 pages, €39.99
ISBN 978-3-8365-0378-5