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.
In this book, Michael Ochs, owner of one of the largest private collections of record covers in the world, presents a personal selection of the thousand items that mean most to him. This is not just a look at the art of record cover design - the book also offers a fascinating survey of rock music genres and styles from their beginnings to the present day.
|Publisher:||Taschen America, LLC|
|Edition description:||25th ed.|
|Product dimensions:||5.38(w) x 7.93(h) x 1.65(d)|
About the Author
Michael Ochs developed an addiction to rock and roll in the early fifties. To feed his habit, Ochs headed the publicity departments of Columbia, Shelter, and ABC Records in the 60s and 70s. He has also been a disc jockey, taught a rock-history course for UCLA and written for such magazines as Rock, Melody Maker, Cashbox, and Crawdaddy. Michael Ochs established the Michael Ochs Archives in the mid-70s. The archives currently house millions of photographs and over 100,000 albums and singles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What I noticed right away were the photos of albums I had never seen before. Secondly, it appears he has a lot of bad albums. Especially from the 70's & 80's. It would be helpful to include more information on the albums and why he liked the covers. All in all an entertaining read.
I don't like Michael Ochs's '1000 Record Covers,' especially the way he's laid out and divided everything by decades. Think the 'Album Cover Album' series from Hipgnosis and Storm Thorgerson are still the best (despite the size).