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Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album Hardcover – November 30, 2006


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Originally from Australia, Matthew Robertson works as a designer in Bath, England. His personal collection of Factory items includes a number of rare pieces, and he works alongside several former Factory artists.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (November 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811856763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811856768
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.1 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,461,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bemydemon on December 25, 2006
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I just received this book for Christmas and I can't put it down. Even if you have a passing knowledge of the label and its artists you will enjoy this work. The mythology of the company and its catalog system is represented by stunning images and impeccable design. One strange thing stands out however, in my copy some of the captions are in French. This is a little annoying because I can't read French. Oh well, c'est la vie.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chris Landsberg on January 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a magnificent time machine. There are a lot of labels people loved - Stiff, sst, etc. My favorite was Factory. With only a few exceptions, the music coming out on this label defined English music in the Eighties. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" was unquestionably the song of the year in 1980 for instance. But what made the music even more evocative was the artwork along with it. The famous Joy Division covers, and the mighty "Power, Corruption, and Lies" are just a few examples. Thanks to New Order I learned who Fantin-Latour was, they skipped over him in my art history classes. I collected all the albums and 12 inch 45s. I especially liked A Certain Ratio, after I saw them at Danceteria in 1982 (I think that was the year). Where is the vinyl of yesteryear? The music is all on cd, but those tiny covers just dont do justice to the art. Here is all the glory in one beautiful package. If only I had made it to the Hacienda back in the day...
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Format: Paperback
FACTORY RECORDS: THE COMPLETE GRAPHIC ALBUM could have been featured in our Music Shelf area but is profiled here for its artistic visual inspection of one British music label's eye-catching covers and productions. Notes for each production outline the varying graphic design choices which made the albums notable and different, making this a fine choice not just for contemporary music libraries but for art library holdings strong in graphic arts representations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mars Velvet on June 13, 2009
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Factory Records began in the year 1978 with the unique idea that married both sound and vision. Bands such as Joy Division then later New Order, A Certain Ratio, Durutti Column, Section 25, and the Happy Mondays to name a few would receive a new brand of image treatment which could be called "non-image". There is a reason why New Order never made an album with a big photo of the band in goofy poses holding their instruments. The Factory Design idea was to give their artists a mystique which would allow artful images to decorate their cover thus moving the spotlight off the artists themselves and moving it onto the music.

FAC 001-521. The Factory Catalog Numbering System. Everything that was Factory Records had a FAC Number. This book for example is FAC 421. New Order's "Power Corruption and Lies" is FAC 75. The Factory nightclub The Hacienda is FAC 51. A lawsuit against Factory Records was FAC 61. Stationary, every project and object was assigned a Factory Number. Even label owner Tony Wilson received the treatment when he passed away in 2007. His coffin and funeral were assigned FAC 521. This System of Numbers is a manifesto of organization and clear thinking that would influence not just the sleeves but art itself.

My Favorite Sleeves: This book is beautiful unto itself! Slick, polished, uncluttered, and bright. Paragraphs give insight into cover art without being too verbose or occupying too much page room. Classic sleeve designs include the famous Durutti Column "The Return of..." which had a raw sandpaper sleeve so as to destroy other record album covers that sat with it in the bins!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Lowry on October 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've always been a huge fan of Factory Records and the designs of Peter Saville so this book was a dream come true. Pictures of all the artwork from Fac 1 onwards, all the New Order, Joy Division, Happy Mondays, Durutti Column - everything you could want.
A wonderful gorgeous book, the pictures are bright and clear, plus history and stories on major aspects of the artwork - highly recommended fro any Factory / New Order / Peter Saville fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MCA71 on January 11, 2008
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This book is an awesome look back at some of the best artwork and packaging of its time. The footnotes for each "Fac" are interesting and the reproductions of the artwork are showcased nicely. I only wish there were some photos of the packaging, for instance the famous Blue Monday single with the die-cut, it would have been nice to see how it looked. Still, I think this is a great book!
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