1000 Record Covers

ISBN: 3822840858
ISBN 13: 9783822840856
By: Michael Ochs

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About this book

A fascinating survey of cover art (TASCHEN's 25th anniversary special edition) Record covers are a sign of our life and times. Like the music on the discs, they address such issues as love, life, death, fashion, and rebellion. For music fans the covers are the expression of a period, of a particular time in their lives. Many are works of art and have become as famous as the music they stand for?Andy Warhol's covers, for example, including the banana he designed for The Velvet Underground. This special edition of Record Covers presents a selection of the best 60s to 90s rock album covers from music archivist, disc jockey, journalist, and ex-record publicity executive Michael Ochs's enormous private collection. Both a trip down memory lane and a study in the evolution of cover art, this is a sweeping look at an under-appreciated art form.

Reader's Thoughts


Ok. I sorta have a unique perspective on this book. When I first moved to Los Angeles, the first job I got was at the famous and now deceased Rhino Records store in westwood. My first job literally for the first month was sitting in a room with this one other guy and going through and pricing the entire Michael Ochs collection. Thats right. After making this book, Michael Ochs sold his entire record collection. I think it was around 300,000-500,000 records. And let me tell you, this book in no way showed the pick of the litter from his collection. In fact this book is pretty generic in terms of record collecting. No overall theme here. Sure its fun to look at and reminisce about that KANSAS record you used to roll spliffs on in 1984, but over all this is just one of those crappy books you get for you dad for his birthday cause you don't know what the fuck else to get him.. hell, some of the records in this book really aren't all that rare. Sure the SATANIC MAJESTY's REQUEST rolling stones record looks cool with that lenticular cover, but... in the days of ebay, its not really all that difficult to find a copy.This is not that original of an idea for a book. Brad Benedict (the guy who produced all of the ultra lounge records that were popular in the mid 90s) put out a book in 1977 called PHONOGRAPHICS: CONTEMPORARY ALBUM COVER ART & DESIGN.On a side note... After Rhino bought his collection, Michael Ochs came into the store and I asked him after so many years of collecting, why he would want to get rid of it all. He told me a story about how he kept all his records in his basement, and one time it began to flood. so he started panicking and frantically moving all these records to safer ground. While doing this he looked down and saw a Bill Cosby record that he had never listened to. and he realized. what the fuck is he even bothering keeping all this shit around for. so he decided to get rid of it all.


Perhaps not to "read", per se...

Luana Ale

See them all in one time: what a weird effect


A good coffee table book, some great album covers, some not so great. Useful as a conversation strater. There is not much text to read, so just enjoy the pictures

Dustin C.

Celebrates album covers as art in their own right. Some of the best ones are pretty obscure. Taschen always hits the mark.

Shawn McBride

for trivia buffs out there, i wrote a book called green grass grace whose one character had a record collection i culled straight from this amazing book.


The holy grail of album covers from the 50s thru the 90s.


Mmmmm... Design Food....

David Allen

From the famous to the obscure, this presents 1000 record covers, just like the title says. In a neat touch, some are paired by design elements. And it was fascinating to see how many black artists were shoved off their own record jackets to appeal to whites.


These record covers "cover" the 1960 s through the 1990s. I "covered" the entire book, but recognized more from the 60s than any recent time. I guess I'm just not paying as much attention as I used to.


A 'totally cool' book consisting of little more than photo-facsimiles of album art showcasing the development of popular music (and thus cultural styles) in recent decades. Leafing through these pages brings a lot to mind.

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