A stunningly designed review of the greatest album cover designs, spanning the classic period from the 1950s to the 1970s, Album Cover Album first hit the bestseller charts in 1977. This led to the release of six follow-up hits, inspired a host of imitations, and generated a long-playing sub-genre in art and design publishing.
Album Cover Album is edited and compiled by two designers who were among the most innovative pioneers of the work that it celebrates. Storm Thorgerson's Hipgnosis earned world renown for the epic photo shoots and iconic designs that went so perfectly with the music of Pink Floyd. Meanwhile, Roger Dean's dreamscapes and unique typography became as much a part of the rock generation as the Yes albums they adorned. Album Cover Album features their selection of more than 600 sleeves in full color, and showcases the astonishing diversity and excellence of design that the medium produced in its first three decades.
This new edition retains the lavish 12-inch format of the original and replays the ingeniously themed compositions of each page. The album is given a fresh spin by a new preface from Peter Gabriel and new forewords by Storm Thorgerson and John Wetton, plus a 21st-century typographic facelift. The result is a celebration of the enduring appeal of vinyl.
About the Author
Storm Thorgerson was a key member of the British graphic art group known as Hipgnosis. He designed many of the most famous album covers of all time, including Pink Floyd s instantly-recognizable Dark Side Of The Moon. He also directed rock videos, long forms, commericals and TV documentaries.
THE STORY OF GENESIS is told in "Chapter & Verse" by Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, and Mike Rutherford, with the help of Anthony Phillips. Together, they recount Genesis's journey from the band's beginnings during schooldays through to the decision to reunite for the 2007 "Turn It On Again" tour.
Interspersed with the band's reminiscences and reflections are comments from its most prominent travelling companions, sidemen, managers, confidants, and producers, all of whom share their personal memories of working with Genesis, as does the band's loyal road crew.