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Sleeveface Paperback – Bargain Price, November 1, 2008
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
I do applaud the creativity and may try it myself.
At first flip I was ready to dismiss the book as lame silliness, something to quickly unload on someone else. Then my usually critical wife gave the book and gander, and by her comments and expressions I could tell she was genuinely impressed.
Find an old record album cover, preferably one with a large photo of the artist's head. Hold the album cover or sleeve in front of your face or someone else's. Take a picture. Now you've got a sleeveface. Sounds simple enough, but lining up the sleeve's face to the human body, and coordinating color, clothing, and position require lots of imagination, and trial and error. The results shared in this book are a wonder to behold.
I have more favorites than I can remember, like the one showing Barara Streisand's head attached to a black dog, the Liberace shots, and the Richard Clayderman sleeve transposed over a man holding a plate of food.
The most impressive pictures are those featuring two album sleeves and two or more people. The positioning has to be perfect, and it often is.
This is a fun, nostalgic book, probably a hoot to share with company and a perfect gift for a fan of vinyl or classic music. Want to see some of these gems for yourself? Visit the sleeveface web page.
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.
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.
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.
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 [...]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A quick view of the video that Amazon has provided will give you the gist of this book, as will a visit to the website. Read morePublished on July 23, 2009 by Elliot Knapp
Honestly, overall I wasn't that impressed.
Although the premise behind the book is great, and some of the images were amazing, there were too many that just didn't fit... Read more
The book "Sleeveface: Be the Vinyl" is a collection of images from Carl Morris and John Rostron, the two guys behind the website sleeveface.com. Read morePublished on January 23, 2009 by Stephen J. Carlson
Sleeveface was one of the strangest books I've ever picked up. I mean, what is this? Grabbing the sleeve cover from a bunch of old vinyl records and then recreating the look of... Read morePublished on January 8, 2009 by Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man
What a super idea. Very creative. This book makes a great coffee table or waiting room addition. Clear crisp pictures. Read morePublished on December 25, 2008 by Boomzilla
I had no idea that this art form was even present. You quickly grow tired of seeing one after another and put it down, but the next time that you see the book, you pick it up and... Read morePublished on December 15, 2008 by Reuben Gathright
This series of pictures was entertaining enough, with Blonde on Blonde, Hewey Lewis and the News, Barbara Streisand (one of the funniest ones) and others. Read morePublished on November 29, 2008 by take403
This book is a visual delight with almost no text beyond the introduction and captions accompanying each photo. Read morePublished on November 28, 2008 by N. Bilmes