Like most of Peter Saville's work, this has arrived late...but it's worth the wait. This is a wonderful book, and full of beautiful images.
If (like me) you have come to Saville through his most famous creations, the sleeves for Factory Records, New Order and Joy Divison you will not be disappointed at all.
The cover is, as Saville puts it 'a remix' of his famous cover design for Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures'...rendered in beautiful icy white 3D. Like his classic LP covers there is no information on the front or back of the book (apart from the barcode).
Inside, all his classic record covers are faithfully reproduced. (yes all the different versions of the 7" of 'Everything's Gone Green' are displayed...happy now?).
These are accompanied by his other designs for the likes of OMD, Peter Gabriel, Suede, Pulp and Roxy Music. Plus his forays into corporate designs for fashion designers, shops etc. and some of his photographic work.
The text comes from design critics, cultural critics like Peter York, and Pop culture-commentators like Paul Morley, and an interview with the man himself.
You will find a heady mixture of the the industrial, the typographic, the geometric..and suprisingly...the erotic.
His influence on design has permeated posters, record sleeves, flyers, and the interiors of pubs and clubs in my native Manchester to a huge extent over the last twenty years...and maybe in your town too. If you want to know where all this came from...Read about Peter Saville.
If you're a fashion victim, of course you need this...its the ultimate coffee-table book for the 21st century. Leave it to flop open on the page showing his sleeve for Section 25's 'From the Hip' and you will add thousands to the value of your home.