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Reasons to be Cheerful: The Life and Work of Barney Bubbles Hardcover – Illustrated, 7 Oct 2010
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It is a labour of love that collects together the superb and ever inventive work of Colin Fulcher, or as he was better known, Barney Bubbles. There will be sleeve designs here that you may have forgotten about that were truly works of art, such as Elvis Costello and the Attractions Armed Forces with its ambitious gatefold sleeve for example.
Get this and "For the love of Vinyl" by Aubrey Powell and Storm Throgerson for a real feast of record sleeve art.
Finally just recognition for Barney Bubbles. I nearly bought this book when the first edition came out, hesitated, and then it was gone, out of print and I couldn't get a copy for love nor money. Now with this new, revised and updated edition, available and back on the shelves, my appetite has been sated - and it was worth the wait. Brilliantly put together book about one of the great, and for far too long, largely unsung record sleeve designers. Peter Saville & Neville Brody have had worthy books to celebrate their genius and evaluate their work. The music labels (Factory & Rough Trade/Virgin) and artists (Joy Division/New Order & Cabaret Voltaire/23 Skidoo) they worked with benefited from the cohesive design and distinctive idendity. Barney Bubbles was just as vital to the success of the Stiff/F-Beat labels and their stable of artists (Ian Dury/Elvis Costello). His quirky, bold, sometimes off-beat designs and use of text creating a feel and look that, like all great design, helped them stand out from the crowd.
So at last recognition for Barney Bubbles, an often overlooked and previously, it seemed, largely forgotten giant of British design. Get this book, marvel at the quality of the images, soak up the well researched text, and experience the dynamic and fun nature of the designs. Pick up a piece of British design and music history and help put this man up where he belongs - alongside the other icons of British design. But most of all - just enjoy a fantastic book.
Reasons to be Cheerful: The Life and Work of Barney Bubbles
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I was lucky enough to get this, sometime ago now, and couldn't put it down.