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Vixens of Vinyl: The Alluring Women of Vintage Album Covers [Hardcover]

Benjamin Darling
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8 Mar 2001
Vinyl record albums - wow! - they're back. When the record label marketers realized that their audience for the newly developed stereophonic albums were overwhelmingly young males, they employed an age-old strategy to encourage sales: place young women on the packaging. In the heyday of the bachelor pad, the record covers of such artists as Martin Denny, Esquivel, Andre Kostelanetz, Perez Prado, and many more were draped with alluring women whose charms transcended the strictly musical. Even the decidedly less hip entertainers like Lawrence Welk and the ubiquitous 101 Strings ensemble found they could reach a wolfish new consumer base with a little satin and cleavage. Author and collector Benjamin Darling takes us on a freewheeling tour of the various vixen genres and sub-categories, featuring one hundred of the most dazzling album covers from the bachelor era.

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  • Hardcover: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (8 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811831345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811831345
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 15.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,179,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Benjamin Darling is the author of the improbably popular Cakes Men Like and Helpful Hints for Housewives, both published by Chronicle Books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh I LOVE these old vinyl album covers! 5 Dec 2005
By Luce
This book is an absolute stormer, you will love it and look at it every day! I can hardly put it down! Vinyl album covers are just the best, especially these saucy and cheeky ones. Has inspired me to check every charity shop I go past, I always come out laden with crazy old records which cost something like 25p. No idea what they sound like (though it's always interesting to find out), but the cover art is just fab. You can always track down the records featured in the book, either on Amazon or elsewhere on the web. (There is now a company called ART VINYL which makes frames / wall-mounts to display your records on the wall - all my friends are getting these for Christmas with some cool records inside, inspired by this book.) Can't recommend highly enough! Enjoy!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment 11 Jun 2001
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If you're a collector of cheesecake album cover art, I'm afraid that you will find this book disappointing. The dust jacket refers to the author as a collector on these types of covers, but I must say that if this represents his best, he's got a pitiful collection. Most of the covers featured are standard thrift store items like 101 Strings and other pedestrian 60's stuff.
There are virtually no truly collectable albums like Johnnie Mann's "Night", Herb Jeffries' "Say It Isn't So" (with a young Barbara Eden), or the incredible "Speak Low" by Hal Otis (featuring a photo of Jayne Mansfield falling out of an evening dress). Nor are ANY of the most beautiful covers of the 50's highlighted, as it seems Mr. Darling is unaware of the truly beautiful covers of that era (like Hugo Peretti's "And So To Sleep" and George Cates' "Exciting").
Additionally, the book lacks other elements that would have made up for the omission of quality covers: the text is nearly worthless, no dates are given, nor is there any mention of the photographers from the studios of Capitol, Liberty and others who made these otherwise lack-luster recordings fly off the record store shelves. Kudus for the Sandy Warner section though.
The book includes a few (I mean less than 5) truly worthwhile covers and the rest is filler. Even many of the samples used are shelf-worn or damaged. Makes me want to write a book on the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Models, not musicians 13 Mar 2011
By M. Gheesling - Published on
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There's a big difference between vintage music collectors and vintage album art collectors. It should be obvious by the previous sentence.

A music collector will jump at a vintage mint-condition Esquivel! vinyl at the thrift store. This person can't wait to get it home to play it on his or her vintage hi-fi equipment. An album art collector will jump at an old scratched Hugo Winterhalter album just because Exotica Girl Sandy Warner is on the cover. When this person gets home, he or she will probably play frisbee with the disc inside and frame the album art for his or her wall. In short, music collectors are interested in music and album art collectors are interested in the dust jacket regardless of the music inside.

"Vixens of Vinyl" *isn't* for music collectors. It's for album art collectors. And it lives up to its name. This book has lots of wonderful album covers featuring lots of vixens from the 50s and 60s. Fans of kitsch, the lounge scene, or vintage graphic design will appreciate this book. Who cares whether a cover model is on a Martin Denny album or a 101 Strings album ?

Really, shouldn't a book about album art be about the *art* and not the musicians it's schilling for ?
5.0 out of 5 stars Good transaction 19 Mar 2014
By Matthew S. - Published on
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Book was in great shape. It is a little book. I guess I was thinking it would be bigger. Like a coffee table book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Pics! 24 Dec 2013
By Tony Padilla - Published on
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The story of how this book came to be, unfolds in between the bitchen pictures. The author's perspective on retro album covers and girls of yesteryear is a fun romp into another freak's mindwarp. I love that kind of stuff.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cover speaks for itself. 11 Dec 2012
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I tried to read the commentary in the book - but look, who needs commentary with a book like this unless it's some interesting facts or trivia about said "vixen"? Great coffee table book, and fun to cut out some of the pages and put into small frames for the house too.
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