Though numerous publications have been devoted to LPs, none of them have specifically explored their covers from a graphic standpoint.
LPs – or “vinyl records” – have now become highly sought-after collectors’ items around the world. Their covers powerfully contributed to giving musicians and bands a “face”, conveying a visual image of their music long before the advent of video clips.
Though numerous publications have been devoted to LPs, none of them have specifically explored their covers from a graphic standpoint. Thus, this volume analyses the media and instruments that led designers, photographers and illustrators to create high-impact and decidedly original images, some of which are true masterpieces.
This broad array with a largely international slant brings together historic and now-forgotten covers from the early jazz years, the “icons” of the golden years of rock and pop – from the Sixties to the Eighties – and little-seen covers of LPs that never came out in Italy. The book examines all the musical trends of the twentieth century, right up to the recent covers of LPs, which continue to be produced even today, albeit in limited quantities.