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Early American record sleeve art has played a huge part in the development of Rock and Roll and Western popular culture. In the 1970s, it remained one of the few ways, aside from performance footage, in which visuals were tied to the songs in a mass-media package. In the 1980s, picture sleeves were combined with the developing art of videos to market music through a visual channel to the MTV generation. The 45 rpm picture sleeve was often a fleeting document of music history, as many of the sleeve images disappeared once the singles ran their course.
Author Jeff Marcus takes you on a musical journey from the beginning of the “far out” 1970s through the “totally rad” 1980s. A History of Collectible American 45 RPM Record Sleeves is jam packed with in-depth information covering 238 artists and 276 fabulous, full color photos of classic and rare vinyl single picture sleeves – many of which are published here for the first time! With stories behind the artists or releases and a rarity scale accompanying each entry, this indispensable book provides the visual history of rock and pop music in a format that will delight music lovers, collectors, and historians alike.
Volume 2 catalogs the Seventies and Eighties picture sleeves from the likes of rock and pop legends such as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Elton John, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Queen, The Police, Prince, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Blondie, R.E.M., Van Halen, Madonna, John Mellencamp, Metallica, ABBA, Genesis, and many more. Discover American music history through pictures of various teen idols, one hit wonders, novelty acts, and legends left behind.
A perfect gift for music aficionados and a great conversation-starter for your coffee table, A History of Collectible American 45 rpm Record Sleeves is the long-awaited chronicle of a lost art form and a wonderful addition to book collections worldwide.