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Put the Needle on the Record: The 1980s at 45 Revolutions Per Minute Hardcover – September 28, 2011
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- 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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- 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)
- 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: Coffee Table Book/Photography, 1st Place)
- Next Generation Indie Book Award (2012: Best Overall Design, 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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Vinyl is still out there with DJs spinning and collectors appreciating the frameable designs. Although I enjoy the convenience and over-abundance of a digital library, you cannot let go of true analog sound and the tactile sensation of enjoying a revolution (33 1/3 or 44.77 see: [...]). There's something to be said about a delay of instant gratification, digging for the music, searching for a yellow adapter, putting the arm on the right groove.
Matthew exhibits a lot of credibility detailing his own collection, artist tid-bits, and retrospectives by timeless Nick Rhodes and cutting-edge Jake Shears. Not to sound like a broken record, I found myself mesmerized by the history, trivia, as well as versatility of International jackets. Taking it a step further, I recommend pairing the book with YouTube or with Technic to listen to the music while reading each page to reacquaint yourself with a unique era. 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. Would love to see a Volume 2!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book covers a lot of covers. Each page has one with a brief comment about it. If you love 80s surely you'll find something interesting here. Pretty recommended.Published 6 months ago by Franco
id you love the 80's music well then you will love this book. Well written filled with many great stories.Published on December 12, 2013 by bob sharp
I thought this book was going to be 12" X 12" like album size but it's about singles so it makes sense it is smaller. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by Knit-Head
It has a lot of useful information about the similarities of cd covers of past artists!A great book to have in any music collection!Published on March 4, 2013 by Michael T.Kurtz
Excellent selection of covers with interesting commentary. If you like this genre/era of music, you'll want this on display in your home.Published on December 11, 2012 by Sweet Willy T.
HAD BEEN HEARING ALOT ABOUT THIS BOOK AND BEING AN 80"S MUSIC LOVER I JUST HAD TO HAVE IT. THE QUALITY OF THE BOOK IS VERY IMPRESSIVE WITH ITS PICS OF SOME OF MY FAV'S ON THE... Read morePublished on January 22, 2012 by SANDRA