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Rock: Every Cover Tells a Story

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On it’s 40th anniversary Taschen reissued the history of rock through record covers, from the most famous to the ultra rare ones.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Taschen is reissuing some of its most successful volumes in a more compact and economical format. Among these there is “Rock Covers – 750 rock covers that made rock history”, which traces the history of rock through record covers, from the most famous to the ultra rare ones. Indeed, covers are intimately linked to our memory and they are inseparable from the music we loved and grew up with. Aware of the great importance of being able to communicate at best their musical identity (and not only that) over time, many musicians have assigned the task of creating covers for their albums to famous artists and/or photographers. Perhaps the most emblematic case is Andy Warhol who, designed the cover with the famous banana for Lou Reed‘s debut album with Velvet Underground, as well as the covers for the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Debbie Harry and many others.

Furthermore among famous photographers who designed covers it is important to remember Anton Corbjin author of various covers for U2, Depeche Mode, Nick Cave, Johnny Cash etc. and Robert Mapplethorpe to whom we owe the unforgettable cover of “Horses” by Patti Smith. In the volume of Taschen each cover is accompanied by a series of notes and information regarding its creation (author, art director, year of release, label, etc.), by interviews with operators in the sector and by lists filled out by famous collectors who have selected the ten best covers in rock history. Finally, the editors of the volume (record collectors Robbie Busch and Jonathan Kirby and art editor Julius Wiedemann) have identified the 250 milestone records that have become turning points either for a band, or for an artist or for an entire genre.

Above: Pink Floyd’s covers from “Rock Covers – 750 rock covers that made rock history”, Taschen