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The art of the album cover: New book features more than 500 examples, from Patti Smith to Kanye West

The art of the album cover: New book features more than 500 examples, from Patti Smith to Kanye West

Long before Andy Warhol’s Velvet Underground album cover — you know, the one with the banana — notable visual artists had been collaborating with musicians on the literal packaging of their sound.

The new book “Art Record Covers” traces the colorful lineage of these collaborations with more than 500 examples, including Banksy and Blur; Mike Kelley and Sonic Youth; and William Eggleston and Big Star.

Writer and contemporary art historian Francesco Spampinato collected examples during the last decade, eventually amassing more than 3,000. His favorites made it into this oversized Taschen book, which also features interviews with Shepard Fairey, Kim Gordan and Tauba...

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