1000 Record Covers.
1000 Record Covers
107 Greene Street, New York, NY 10012
9783836550581, $19.99, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: 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 edition of "1000 Record Covers" presents a selection of the best '60s to '90s rock album covers from music archivist, disc jockey, journalist, and former record-publicity executive Michael Ochs' 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 underappreciated art form.
Critique: With its superbly reproduced, full color, captioned album cover reproductions, "1000 Record Covers" is a 576 page compendium comprised of record album images that provide a truly nostalgic trip through three decades of music memories for members of the Baby Boom generation. A sheer delight to simply browse through, "1000 Record Covers" would prove to be an enduringly popular and inexpensive addition to community library collections.