The Art of the LP
Classic Album Covers 1955–1995
Sexy, provocative, playful, beautiful: from their earliest days, LP covers have been objects of art and fascination. This celebration of album artistry presents more than 350 of the best covers, and departs from the usual approach by organizing the images by visual theme. Many of us remember the iconic album-cover images that defined our collective and individual histories—such as the smoldering pinup girl on the Cars’ Candy-O, the plaintive baby following a dollar bill through water on Nirvana’s Nevermind, and Andy Warhol’s controversial zippered pants on the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers.
From perennial classics to lesser-known gems, here is the LP art that shook, rattled, and rolled us through music’s early formative years.
Ben Wardle is a music journalist who writes regularly for BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, The Guardian, and TheLondonPaper.com. He worked in A&R for both BMG and V2 Music, and has been an editor at several music-industry websites, such as AOL Radio and Clickmusic. Wardle is the coauthor of The Virgin Internet Music Guide and currently writes the blog A&Rmchair.
Johnny Morgan, co-author of The Greatest Album Covers of All Time, is an editor, author, and journalist who has contributed to a variety of popular music titles. He has been a consulting editor on books including the New York Times bestselling Hippie and The Clash by The Clash.
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