- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd (US) (28 Aug. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764338315
- ISBN-13: 978-0764338311
- Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 2.4 x 21.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 999,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Put the Needle on the Record Hardcover – 28 Aug 2011
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Jason Draper, Record Collector Magazine
"Put the Needle on the Record proves that the '80s wasn't the decade that taste forgot - but rather the era where single artwork came of age and caught up with its LP predecessor... before CDs changed the landscape for good."
Nina Blackwood, MTV
"Brilliant. Insightful. Revealing."
Chuck D, Public Enemy
"The 1980s. The spin point of a time where the collision of art, culture, class, nation, and government was fueled by the steroids of technology. Put the Needle on the Record is a great read on an era that many consider the new '60s."
Michael Musto, The Village Voice
"1980s single cover art was cheeky, sexy, punchy, and glam. Matthew Chojnacki vividly chronicles the best of the bunch, illuminating the way music looked via comments from rock stars and art directors with a strong eye for the visual."
"Modern day cover art simply cannot compare with sleeves from the '70s and '80s. Mainstream record labels began making the quickest images in the cheapest way possible, and we lost sight of appreciating art for its artistic value. Put the Needle on the Record, thankfully, examines these lost '80s gems. Life is beautiful."
About the Author
Matthew Chojnacki is a freelance writer and music/pop culture historian living in the U.S. (Cleveland, Ohio). All sleeves in Put the Needle on the Record are from Chojnacki's extensive vinyl collection, and quotations were pulled from an archive of several hundred hours of personal interviews with '80s musicians, cover artists, and record executives. His first 12-inch was "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang.
Top Customer Reviews
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Vinyl is still out there with DJs spinning and collectors appreciating the frameable designs. Although I enjoy the convenience and over-abundance of a digital library, you cannot let go of true analog sound and the tactile sensation of enjoying a revolution (33 1/3 or 44.77 see: [...]). There's something to be said about a delay of instant gratification, digging for the music, searching for a yellow adapter, putting the arm on the right groove.
Matthew exhibits a lot of credibility detailing his own collection, artist tid-bits, and retrospectives by timeless Nick Rhodes and cutting-edge Jake Shears. Not to sound like a broken record, I found myself mesmerized by the history, trivia, as well as versatility of International jackets. Taking it a step further, I recommend pairing the book with YouTube or with Technic to listen to the music while reading each page to reacquaint yourself with a unique era. A collector myself - I was still entertained by the unique artwork depending on the country of origin as well as discovering/re-discovering new tracks/deep cuts. Would love to see a Volume 2!