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About the Author

The first record John Rostron bought was the original soundtrack to Flash Gordon by Queen. Aged seven, he had no idea who Queen was, but he liked the film. He also quite liked the big bright yellow record sleeve. Hooked on music ever since, John is an artist manager, concert promoter, and record label owner.


Carl Morris, who is one day older than MTV, discovered the joys of Sleeveface as a DJ playing McCartney II by Paul McCartney. By day he runs My Kung Fu, a record label where he and colleagues listen to a terrifyingly large stack of music. His favorite song is usually the first track on side B.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579653790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579653798
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,106,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was intrigued by what I read in the Vine newsletter, so I stopped by the "sleeveface" website, and was even more intrigued so I decided to order it. I found the images fun, but the book didn't offer more than what the website could. Therefore, I think it's a great gift or "stocking stuffer" to give someone as an introduction to the concept, or it's a "stand-alone" gift if they don't have easy access to a computer, but to purchase for myself after having visited the site, there was nothing really new to offer.

I do applaud the creativity and may try it myself.
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The premise for "Sleeveface" is certainly clever: combine real-life poses with those on album covers into a montage. Some of the examples here are quite good, but most will not demand a return visit, and a handful just don't quite gel. The more inventive poses, often used two or more albums covers, show how much thought and effort folks are willing to put into these photos.

Overall, the book is amusing enough to keep handy in my listening area for guests to flip through, but it didn't garner many laughs when I shared my copy with several folks at a local record show yesterday. The humor here does not have long-term staying power.
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I don't want to be a killjoy or a Scrooge, but I really expected this book to be a lot more whimsical and/or entertaining. "Sleeveface" is a photo book in which real people reenact their favorite LP cover (the setting, costume, etc.) and then insert said record's sleeve into the appropriate spot (over their faces). Hence, the title "Sleeveface." And while I do think the recreations can be technically well done--the very literal presentations just lacked a certain entertainment factor for me. I smiled at one picture involving a dog, but after a couple of pages--the books starts to lack any sort of surprise or creativity. After glancing through the volume once, it's hard for me to imagine going back to look at this book again.

Now, maybe I'm not the intended market (although I'm old enough to have had a vinyl collection). Maybe avid record enthusiasts will appreciate seeing their favorite LP covers brought back to attention--but, I still don't see them pulling "Sleeveface" out more than as a curiosity. So, enjoy the photos. If it sounds like your "thing"--it might be. I certainly thought it might be my "thing"--but it simply wasn't. A cute novelty idea it is. A must own book (for me) it isn't. KGHarris, 11/08.
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Simply put, this is a colorful collection of photos in which people hold up vinyl record album cover, usually over their face, and the cover image seems to blend into the "real-life" background. As soon as I looked through this book (it's not a book you read as much as one you peruse leisurely), I immediately started thinking about which of my album covers would be fun to turn into a sleeveface. Obviously I am not alone and many others have followed through in a myriad of clever ways, both on the web site and on the "best of" selections in this book.

There sure are a lot of creative masterminds in the world...or are there just a lot of people with time on their hands? I'd prefer to believe the former, and the examples of creativity in this book are remarkable, especially the ones in which the creator went to great lengths to either create a 'story" in the settings or to duplicate the look of the album cover.

If you leave this on your coffee table it is sure to bring forth laughs and perhaps creative inspiration. I have already seen a commercial on a cable channel in which this same technique is used. It's fun!

Parents note: There are some "naughty bits" in this book. Reader discretion advised.
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Sleeveface I was intrigued when I first saw the concept for this book - but it is a little hard to explain in print.

Using vinyl covers, people would create photographs inserting the cover. It has to be cohesive to be part of Sleeveface. These site gags are great. Authors Carl Morris and John Rostron give credit to the picture takers and also give the name and date of the artist cover show.

I love the photos where hairy-chested me are posing with the vinyl cover of a woman over their faces. Too funny. These is no nudity and it is appropriate for most ages.

There is a lot of vintage here, so Boomers will likely appreciate more than new folks. Many of the pictures with the covers will bring back memories to some, who may have owned the albums, or forgot the artists along the way of life.

This 30-something is a vinyl collector, so I really grooved with it. It is a great way to reintroduce an older, but spectacular vintage music to new audiences. (Seriously, there is nothing like listening to music on vinyl.)

This is a great gift idea for Boomers or record collectors.

If you want more info, or to submit your own photos, visit [...]
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By Robin on November 15, 2008
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This is a really clever idea that I'm surprised took so long to arrive in book form. LPs were displaced by the CDs years ago yet a whole bunch of folk have found the appropriate face-shot sleeve to photograph. Actually they do vary quite a lot I thought. The most successful photos are the ones where someone has taken the trouble to get the same clothing to match the sleeve photo and then framed the image so the background works as well.

Some work really well: Marissa Robles managed to find a harp to go with 'The world of the harp', Decca 1974; a Jo Anne Castle, Pickwick LP covers someone's head and shoulders perfectly; Bonnie Tyler's 1983 CBS sleeve just has added fingers to succeed. Others have the right cover, angled correctly but don't quite work.

Carl Morris and John Rostron, the two Welsh authors, just sort of drifted into the idea while DJing one night and predictable the concept ended up as a website for everyone to join in.

A fun paperback of two hundred photos than will definitely give you a smile and probably an idea for that old LP cover laying around somewhere in the house.

***SEE SOME INSIDE PAGES by clicking `customer images' under the cover.
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