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Roger Dean is internationally acclaimed as an artist and designer whose evocative and visionary images created a new genre. Made popular through the medium of album covers and posters, his work has sold in excess of 100 million copies. Roger became widely known in the 1970s for his album cover designs for Yes—including the classic logo now in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London—and a poll of Rolling Stone readers selected five of his designs in the top twenty best album covers of all time.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; 1st edition /1st Printing edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061626953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061626951
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 12 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ on November 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have the first printing of this and it only goes to about 1977, and I am not sure if newer editions have added matertial.

But for what it is, the book is excellent. It is more interested in the cover art than the music itself. There is a page for Elvis and The Beatles and a section for classic jazz.

But there are also many interesting covers by little bands that you never heard of and probably will never hear. One cover of an album by a band named Fumble is a jar of handcream and a man's armpit. Who knows what the music sounds like, but the cover shows how 1970s sexuality made for interesting art. There are tons of illumminating covers like this.

And this can be helpful if you are looking for ideas to augment your collection: those strange unknown bands from the 70s that had a good track or two on albums that went straight to the cutout bin. If interested, records like this are availble somewhere. This book might be a good tool for DJs looking for obscure samples.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Holub on March 3, 2011
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Not enough full page spreads. Overall a good value but needs more info about the covers and where the concepts came from. Interviews with the artists and recording artists would have been great to add.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must. If you only like music or if you love the covers more than the music inside or if you are learning to design covers...Well, this book has it all. The covers are show by elements in commom, so you can judge by yourself about the criativity of the designers. Roger Deam is a famous artist well know by his covers and stages for the rock group Yes. But this does not interfere with the overall result. The guys did a fantastic job compiling all the covers in this book. There are rock covers, jazz covers, latim, dance, disco, and so on. All possible covers are there. Don't hesitate. Buy it now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By xtj on March 9, 2015
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Not bad, but would have been nicer if more of the art had been reproduced full size.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Bush on February 26, 2011
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I bought this book thinking I was going to see a book full of Roger Dean paintings. There are some, but there's a lot of stuff that I didn't really care about (many of the album covers have nothing to do with Dean). If you like a history of album covers, this is a great book. I'm just interested in Dean's drawings.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Guy Mondo on February 24, 2011
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First, The Cons:
For all it's touted redesign this book suffers slightly from it. The axiom "If it ain't broke don't fix it." applies aptly here as the original has larger images on pages with more than one cover displayed. The new editions images may seem sharper and the colors look to have been corrected (though a little too much contrast in some) but I'm at a loss as to why they were reduced in size by about 10%. The type redesign is "prettier" but less legible as the font is too light to stand out on the neutral gray background. It also baffles me that, as a book on design by designers, all the individual design credits are set so small and in an even lighter font as to render them insignificant.

And now, The Pros:
The biggest advantage this edition has over the original (which I also own, by the way) is the beautiful hardcover binding. With the old edition being a budget-minded paperbound with a glued-in spine it has long ago become separated from the cover. This new version is a sturdy sewn-in binding with matte finished board covers and a matte dust jacket with spot varnish on the images. The addition of a neutral gray background for all of the pages is an improvement as it allows the images to stand out more than the older layout with each chapter having different muted colors. There are also some additional full-bleed album images added though conspicuously absent is the original, highly controversial cover for the first Blind Faith album by Bob Seidemann of a nude teenaged girl holding an airplane model. It has been replaced with another controversial, though less so by today's standards, image from the Rolling Stones' "Sticky Fingers" LP depicting a close-up of Mick's denim clad crotch with a real zipper (closed, of course).

All said, this is worth more than the $0.99 that I paid for it on Amazon.com.
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By jammer on November 10, 2014
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I have bought this item many times over the years and always make the mistake of lending it out…and it never comes back because everyone loves it. This is the first time I bought the hardcover version and I will be more reticent to lend it out again. Jammer
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey N. Mccluskey on September 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
this is the first and still the best book of it`s kind. i own this and the follow-up,`the 2nd album cover album`. both feature roger dean`s involvement and both are excellent.enjoy!
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