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Funk & Soul Covers Paperback – 25 Sep 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Mul edition (25 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836519860
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836519861
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 3.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 930,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joaquim Paulo is as a consultant for major labels and directs a number of radio stations in Portugal. He started collecting vinyl at 15, and flies to London, Paris, New York and Sao Paulo to enrich his collection of over 25,000 LPs. He lives and works in Lisbon and dedicates his free time to recovering old and rare recordings. Julius Wiedemann was born in Brazil, studied graphic design and marketing, and was an art editor for digital and design magazines in Tokyo. His many TASCHEN digital and media titles include Illustration Now!, Advertising Now, Logo Design, and Brand Identity Now!


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A wonderful, heavyweight coffee table book lavishly illustrating over 500 record covers from the golden era of funk and soul music. Put together by serious collector Joaquim Paulo, it documents both classic and rare covers with many shown full-page and often with stories and analysis on the design. A vital part of an album as a whole, the cover has to capture more than just the interest of a buyer, it often has to capture the feeling of the music too. Take for example the high-energy karate kick on the cover of Sly's "Fresh" to put you in the mood, Funkadelic's psychedelic kaleidoscope face on their eponymous first release, or the Mona Lisa smile on Marvin's face on the cover of "What's Going On" - the weight of the political subject matter clear to see in his eyes.

While there may always be a few covers that could have gone in, or perhaps been left out, this does a superb job of documenting many of the important ones and with some rare ones too, it gives you a great overview of the era.

On top of all that, there are also insightful interviews with legendary producer Larry Mizell, Daptone's Gabriel Roth and biographer David Ritz; as well as top 10 lists from DJs Steinski, Danny Krivit, Quantic, Egon and Andy Smith. With its large format, cut-out record sleeve cover, and its wealth of high quality reproductions, its just perfect for the funk and soul collector.
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Everything about this book says quality and care. Really well produced, with vibrant colours, on good quality paper.

Great choice of soul and funk covers, most of the groups you'd expect to see are featured along with some less known but with interesting covers.

Most pics are accompanied by some useful and informative notes.

A book that is good to hold and look at with one huge bonus for me - made me dust down my old record deck and hunt out my old records! Had a great time looking over the covers and sleeve notes, let alone listening to the actual music!

Also encouraged me to seek out some of the albums featured that were new to me. Most could be found on Spotify, You Tube etc. A great way to discover new music.

In his introduction, Joaquim Paulo writes "This is a love story .............a vinyl disc is also a work of art. Picking up a record ...taking hold of the cover ...."

If you know what he means then buy this book! You'll love it!

100% recommended! A book to treasure and be treasured.
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This book is awesome. I spent an afternoon just flicking through the pages and reminiscing about songs that I haven't heard in years. It really took me back to some really good times. Looks great on my coffee table too.
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This is a must if you sold you vinyl collection
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