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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; 1St Edition edition (September 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764338315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764338311
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 9.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"One of the best books for the ultimate music fan."
- Rolling Stone

"If you miss the 80s, or missed the 80s, buy this book." - --NY Post

"A magnificent and important release.....97/100" --- Peek-A-Boo Magazine

"Dazzling eye candy. Outrageous, hot-hued, ironic and, above all, erotic."
- The Seattle Times

"A lively blast from the past. See the sound."
- St. Petersburg Times

"A nostalgic treasure trove." --- Modern Tonic

"Terrific...the perfect gift for the music fan in your life."
- Scene Magazine

"A conversation-starting coffee-table book...instantly engaging." --- CoolCleveland.com


"1980s single cover art was cheeky, sexy, punchy, and glam. Matthew Chojnacki vividly chronicles the best of the bunch, illuminating the way music looked via comments from rock stars and art directors with a strong eye for the visual." --Michael Musto, The Village Voice

"Brilliant. Insightful. Revealing." --Nina Blackwood, MTV

"The 1980s. The spin point of a time where the collision of art, culture, class, nation, and government was fueled by the steroids of technology. Put the Needle on the Record is a great read on an era that many consider the new '60s." --Chuck D, Public Enemy

"Put the Needle on the Record proves that the '80s wasn't the decade that taste forgot - but rather the era where single artwork came of age and caught up with its LP predecessor... before CDs changed the landscape for good." --Jason Draper, Record Collector Magazine

"As a dyed in the wool, long-term record collector, I loved this survey of picture sleeves from the 1980s. This decade was really the end of the vinyl singles period as we know it, and these images were ephemeral icons that would be lost in the mist of time without this kind of labor of love." --Terry Stewart, President & CEO, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

"Modern day cover art simply cannot compare with sleeves from the '70s and '80s. Mainstream record labels began making the quickest images in the cheapest way possible, and we lost sight of appreciating art for its artistic value. Put the Needle on the Record, thankfully, examines these lost '80s gems. Life is beautiful." ----Mr. Brainwash

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- 20% of the author's royalties from Put the Needle on the Record will be donated to the Keep a Child Alive foundation.

BOOK AWARDS
- London Book Festival Award (2012: Music, 1st Place)
- Paris Book Festival Award (2012: Anthologies, 1st Place)
- San Francisco Book Festival Award (2012: Anthologies, 1st Place)
- New England Book Festival Award (2012: Anthologies, 1st Place)
- DIY Book Festival Award (2012: Art/Photography, 2nd Place)
- New York Book Festival (2012: Art/Photography, Honorable Mention)  
- International Book Awards (2012: Popular Culture, 1st Place)
- International Book Awards (2012: History - Media/Entertainment, 1st Place)
- USA Book News Awards (2012: Popular Culture, 1st Place)
- USA Book News Awards (2012, History - Media/Entertainment, Finalist)
- USA Book News Awards (2012, Interior Design, Finalist)
- Next Generation Indie Book Award (2012: Overall Non-Fiction, 2nd Place)
- Next Generation Indie Book Award (2012: Coffee Table Book/Photography, 1st Place) 
- Next Generation Indie Book Award (2012: Best Overall Design, Finalist) 
- Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) (2012: Art/Music, 2nd Place) 
- Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) (2012: Overall Book Marketing, 2nd Place)
- ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award (2012: Performing Arts/Music, Finalist) 
- Eric Hoffer Book Award (2012: Art, Finalist)
- National Indie Excellence Book Award (2012: Coffee Table Book, Finalist)
- National Indie Excellence Book Aawrd (2012: Art, Finalist)
- National Indie Excellence Book Award (2012: Interior Design Non-Fiction, Finalist)
- Midwest Independent Publishers Book Award (MIPA) (2012: Art Book, Finalist)
- Midwest Independent Publishers Book Award (MIPA) (2012: Coffee Table Book, Finalist)
- Midwest Independent Publishers Book Award (MIPA) (2012: Overall Book Design, Finalist)
- Midwest Independent Publishers Book Award (MIPA) (2012: Interior Layout, Finalist)
- Midwest Independent Publishers Book Award (MIPA) (2012: Cover Design, Finalist)
- Midwest Independent Publishers Book Award (MIPA) (2012: Book Marketing, Finalist)

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A true treasure and a perfect gift book for the holidays!
Charles Reader
A collector myself - I was still entertained by the unique artwork depending on the country of origin as well as discovering/re-discovering new tracks/deep cuts.
Susan Congiu
This book should definitely find itself in the collector of 80s music fans.
Steven I. Ramm

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Pugh on November 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
An excellent book and one that will have you running back to those boxes in the attic to drink in some of that artwork and heady memories first-hand again. More than just a trip down memory lane, author Matthew Chojnacki has mustered a truly impressive quantity and quality of all-new commentary from many of the artists - graphic and musical variety - involved in creating these sleeves back in the day, interpreting what they were going for creatively and what it means to them now. Also, in a clever and rewarding move, he structures it so that sleeves are often presented in pairs, tracing out where one may have influenced another. An excellent time capsule, sure, but it's no dusty, static museum-piece in paper - instead, a really fun, thought-provoking and alive 'read'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Silveira on January 6, 2013
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High school in the 80s was all about the music for me. This book took me back to the days of going through the 12" bins looking for the latest remix of my favorite band. It's great to see record art again. This book is great for anyone who remembers the 12" vinyl from the 80s
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First off, I have a bunch of Schiffer's (the publisher) books on my shelf and they seem to get the most attention when folks come to visit. Their specialty is beautiful books on antiques and collectibles (and pre 1930 phonographs, which are the titles I've bought before.). This volume brings them at least into the late 20th century and, again, they've produced a volume full of great color photos. When author Matthew Chojnacki chose a publisher for his well-researched volume on 1980s 45rpm record covers (both 7inch and the large 12-inch ones used by DJs - BEFORE they turned to MP3s), he made the right choice.

This book is - as the common phrase goes - "Totally 80s". But the covers shown are not totally common. Delving into his own collection the author has chosen more than 250 covers and arranged them, one to a page on facing pages to show the similarities of many of them from diverse artists. On page 124-125 you have Tina Turner striking a pose on the left page while Toni Basil strikes a similar pose on the right. But the "attitudes" are different, Pages 148-149 show two 12-incher jackets - one by Timex Social Club and the other by Club Nouveau - which look like they were done by the same artist but they aren't. And page 218-219 matches up Rod Stewart (from "Young Turks" 1981) with Limahl ("The Never ending Story") from three years later, copping Stewart's spiked hairdoo and almost the same eyes. My favorite is the Kate Bush/ Dolly Parton mashup on pages 22 and 23. Parton's 1982 cover looks like it's from the 1960s, even though it's two years more recent than Bush's.

Each page has a bit of info about each artist, which helps because many did not have huge hits.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Barnes on October 10, 2011
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...sad for the generations of music fans that will never know first hand, the exquisite joy that was the 80s 12". This amazing collection of cover art unearths memories of record shop visits past. A well balanced and loving compendium of a medium that is one of the best representations of the era's exuberance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Reader on October 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who has the slightest interest in pop music, graphic art, or 1980s pop culture will find this book to be fun, fascinating, and a tremendous resource. The full-color reproductions of 45 RPM singles - a late lamented art form - evoke a period in pop music history when hip hop, techno, glam, post-punk, powerpop, metal, reggae, and R&B all jostled for space on the shelves of your local record store. You're sure to find your favorites (mine are the Atlantics, Ramones, B-52s, Debbie Harry, and other seminal pop-punk artists). A true treasure and a perfect gift book for the holidays!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sweet Willy T. on December 11, 2012
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Excellent selection of covers with interesting commentary. If you like this genre/era of music, you'll want this on display in your home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jonny_r on October 24, 2012
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Anyone who used to buy 12" singles back in the 80s remembers the artwork. While the 80s was great for music, it also was the first time music artists pushed the boundaries with album art. I still remember getting a copy of a Dead Kennedy's album the was pre-censorship! This book is a really nice collection of album art, along with a great listing of bands to check out if you don't know them already. This is yet another fun book out on our coffee table and gets the most response from guests when they see it. A must have for any 80s music buff!
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