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Five Hundred 45s: A Graphic History of the Seven-Inch Record [Paperback]

Spencer Drate
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  • Paperback: 498 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Design (20 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061782416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061782411
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 19.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 824,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a stunning new book celebrates seven-inch single sleeve design, Pete Paphides recalls the pre-digital era, when the humble 45rpm record could change your life...
--The Times, July 17, 2010

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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 9 Sep 2010
Some great pictures but almost no written content. That is its weakness. Would not have bought it for this reason if I had known
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great present 19 Aug 2010
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Bought this for my son's birthday after seeing a review in the Observer. A brilliant book that 'does exactly what it says on the tin'. The size of a 45-rpm disc it's simply a collection of 500 cover designs from the earliest to the latest. Very well selected and reproduced. It has pride of place (with Rothman's Footie Yarbook) next to the toilet - both ideal books for times of serious reflection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cover Sleeve Time Mahine. 21 July 2010
By Ramones Fan - Published on Amazon.com
What a great coffee table book. It's a wonderful ride on a 45 RPM cover sleeve time machine. Nice to see the sleeves of songs from the past and some quite contemporary ones juxtaposed in this unique manner. A-1 job by Spencer Drate & Judith Salavetz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 25 Sep 2010
By Buyer - Published on Amazon.com
This is an very expansive collection of 45 covers spanning decades ... it is beautifully and creatively put together, with discussions of the various art techniques used to create the works, and the impact this art has on the purchase of these records.

I would recommend this book to any art or music enthusiast - and it makes an incredibly cool coffee table addition :).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Vinyl Experience - A Review of Five Hundred 45s 13 Jun 2012
By Marilyn M. - Published on Amazon.com
Many mourn the day the compact disc was born. Some because of the quality of the music as opposed to it on vinyl, some because of the shrinking of what used to be great cover art.
Bands had frequently spent much time seeking the best use of the visual arts to comment (or deliberately not comment) on their music. The point of the their efforts was to evoke a response in their audience. Spencer Drate and Judith Salavetz, visual artists themselves, released the book Five Hundred 45's at The Morrison Hotel in New York to much acclaim.

A study, or happy flip through, of this book brought me back to various places and times, also stirring up remembrances of running out and buying a great many of the singles selected for this volume. It was so much fun to flip through the racks of Sam Goody or the like nabbing 45s that covers struck your eye like a shiny diamond, or evoked an emotion you couldn't quite put your finger on from a band you had never even listened to previously. This book has it all - a shot of The Rolling Stones looking like Choir boys on the cover for We Were Falling In Love, to the debonair Frank Sinatra's A Swingin' Affair, to the stark plain-as-you see-'em stripped down Talking Heads' Love - Building on Fire, to the haunting cover for Scarling's Band Aid Covers The Bullet Hole.

Five Hundred 45s is a wonderful time capsule of a book that I simply fell into, gazing at and reminiscing for hours.
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Idea Missed 16 Jan 2014
By DavidF - Published on Amazon.com
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The idea behind the book is cool but the choice of records on display is a bit ordinary. Perhaps they should have broken the records down by era.
3.0 out of 5 stars Really nice photos 23 Oct 2013
By Mury2598 - Published on Amazon.com
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Well documented but not what I expected or was hoping for. This book is mostly about 45 EP and Sleeve cover art with a few pages of some history of those late 60's,70's & 80's artists and very few on the 50's. If that's your thing, go for it, it is nice and easy on the eyes with a minimal amount of written narrative on the history of the art of the sleeves and next to nothing on the history of the 45 itself.
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