Total Records features iconic record covers and provides a history of photography through the art of the album cover.
While it’s the music recorded on a album or CD that ultimately determines the success of a recording by a musician or band, an album’s artwork gives us that first impression. Thirty-three rpm or 12 by 12 the circle in a square became the vehicle for creating culturally iconic images. As the introduction to Total Records states: “The history of music and photography are intertwined: each chapter, from abstraction to portraits, finds an echo in record covers”.
The number of these album covers you recognize in this book will depend on how extensive your record collection was/is or how many hours you’ve spent pouring over albums in your local record store or whether you’ve spent time at the public library thumbing through the record collection there.
Sno-Isle Libraries record collection is extensive. Search and find album covers and recordings featured in this book.
“..music is another way of seeing, photography another way of hearing. The two have been echoing each other for a century.” Total Records
In the Catalog