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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown; Re-issue edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843404818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843404811
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Miles has written several seminal books on the Beat generations, including biographies of Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac, and in October 2002 published his memoirs of the decade titled In The Sixties (Jonathan Cape). He is the author of the best selling Hippie (Cassell Illustrated, 2003). Grant Scott has art directed several leading magazines, including Tatler and English Elle, and has worked with photographers such as William Klein, Jean Loup Sieff, David Bailey and Don McCullin. Choosing to move behind the camera lens, Scott was winner of the John Kobal Portrait Awards 2000 and has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery.

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I bought this book as a gift to my brother-in-law.
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One thing though - the book I got has a different dust cover than the one pictured.
K. Rowley
We highly recommend it for music lovers fanatic to casual listener.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By jlkyn on December 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am a record collector with more than 30 years of addiction.
I enjoyed enormously Michael Ochs "1000 Record Covers" issued by Taschen in 1994. And afterwords I bought and reasonably enjoyed other record cover reference books such as One Hundred Album Covers by Storm Thorgerson & Aubrey Powell issued by DK and others.
Well learning about such a luxury edition as what this one seemed at a first glance, I thougt that I shall have a valuable addition to my library...
but I was badly mistaken.
This is the worst collection of "best" covers I ever came accross in my life.
The Authors begin with the Fiftes: Frank Sinatra's banalities that will not catch the eye even of a Sinatra's dedicated fan. Then come other albums full of b/w graffities. A whole page is dedicated to the White Album with a ridiculously high issue number (White Album means logically a white page). Just for a laugh - there is another completely red page with another "highly conceptual" cover, that would merit only a verbal mentioning. The only passable covers in the book are either in bad printing quality or poor(creased and soiled) cover quality. Apart from that these staple famous cover art pictures are so banal that a 10-years old child is already tired of looking at them.
I wonder why the Authors made such an expensive and useless book.
Well I understand that the tastes differ, but ... not to this point.
My advice to any serious collector and cover art fetishist: leave this book to the Remainders.
It is a pity there are no 0 stars in this scale, but I should perheaps leave 1 star because the Authors are at least interested in cover art: good for them.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Pries on January 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I received this book for the holidays and wound up reading it cover to cover in 3 hours. The book does a great job of explaining the evolution of the album cover. It also gives great background into what the artist's was trying to portray with the cover. The book covers all genres, as well as, explains covers that were giving social commentary to covers that are just plain silly. Great purchase for anyone that loves not only the music but everything that goes into it.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By dgodfrey on March 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My husband, John Berg, was the art director of many of the covers in this book. I looked in the index to find where they were and I was amazed that a book on the subject of the album COVERS would not have a listing for the people who created the album covers. Listing the albums by recording artist and listing by album name is fine but the subject of the book is the ART on the covers, and yet the art directors, while buried in the text under the pictures of the individual album covers within the body of the book, are not singled out in an index. A person researching the work of John Berg, or Bob Defrin or Paula Scher would have to KNOW the album title or the band in order to see the work. That's ok for a book about the bands, or the music or even the decade, but if it's about the cover art lets have it BE about the cover art- there should have been an index for the ART PEOPLE: the illustrators, the photographers and the art directors...so for someone interested in who did the covers rather than just what they look like this is not the best book, no matter how well it's printed.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Wentzel on July 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Fascinating read, helped answer a lot of questions as to who or where or what.

The only downside - if you can call it that, is that we were not familiar with a lot of the album covers, but if

only this book and Michael Ochs's 1000 Album Covers combined their information and published a book together - that would be the ultimate. But no regrets, I have them both and they make great coffee table books.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Rowley TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Finding a lot of albums that I had forgotten about and many more that I never knew about. Already marked a couple pages with albums I want to hunt for. One thing though - the book I got has a different dust cover than the one pictured. The design is the same but many of the album covers depicted are different. No big deal, but it makes me wonder if the book I got is an older or newer version.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Hill on March 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My fiance and I spent over an hour in the book store looking through this book. We were so impressed by the collection that we actually decided to use this as the guest book at our wedding. There is something in this book for everyone and we intend to let our guest flip to their favorite cover and leave us a message. The great thing about music is that is spans cultures and generations, and we will be able to learn more about our wedding guests through their choices in this book. We highly recommend it for music lovers fanatic to casual listener.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gus Hound on January 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book seems to be the greatest album covers that the authors could get rights to use. Is the Ohio Player's Fire (featuring an oiled-up woman sensuously holding a fire hose) a greater cover than Led Zeppelin IV? An album cover or Bjork staring at the camera is greater than Aerosmith's Toys in the Attic or Pump?

This book has a few interesting facts (like if you really want to know who's crotch is featured on the Rolling Stone's Sticky Fingers), but otherwise was not all that great.
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Format: Hardcover
If you are interested in album art, art layout or album art background, this is a great book to add to your study. I have kept my tablet next to me and use it to further learn curiosities and facts explained in this book. It well bound and enjoyable to browse or read. The amount of album art work is appropriate and so is the amount of reading. I believe it is well researched, since I have not found any holes on what the author claims or explains. The bottom line: I have definitely benefited from this book. Got mine used with an annotation to 'Pete' from his aunt. Either Pete got all the juice from the book and decided to bounce it forward or he didn't like it. I have liked it a lot.
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