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Product details

  • 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)
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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."

Mr. Brainwash
"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.

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Being an avid record collector, I own most of the titles in this book, but the fun part of this book is that it focuses on the art of the 80s, expecially the art used on covers for 45s. I got this book for my birthday and everybody who looked @ it couldn't put it down. So, if you are looking for a great present for that special music / record loving someone this season, look no further.
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Smaller than I imagined, for some reason I pictured it being same size as an LP? Nice stories inside. I enjoyed it. Sequel?
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Awesome book with lots of hours of entertainment. A trip down memory lane!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Money! 18 Jan. 2015
By G.A. - Published on Amazon.com
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The cover art contained herein is captivating, nostalgic, and used to good effect. I like the way the author makes connections among the cover art sampled in the book. The only drawback: proofreading errors throughout. This certainly did not ruin my experience of reading and enjoying this book. Nevertheless, I just would have preferred to take my edifying trip down memory lane without intermittent road bumps along the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Retro Collection 24 Oct. 2012
By jonny_r - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone who used to buy 12" singles back in the 80s remembers the artwork. While the 80s was great for music, it also was the first time music artists pushed the boundaries with album art. I still remember getting a copy of a Dead Kennedy's album the was pre-censorship! This book is a really nice collection of album art, along with a great listing of bands to check out if you don't know them already. This is yet another fun book out on our coffee table and gets the most response from guests when they see it. A must have for any 80s music buff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love 80s surely you'll find something interesting here 2 Feb. 2016
By Franco - Published on Amazon.com
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The book covers a lot of covers. Each page has one with a brief comment about it. If you love 80s surely you'll find something interesting here. Pretty recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well researched, creative, and fun 5 Jan. 2012
By webtesta - Published on Amazon.com
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There are many different spins to take before flipping over this book. You could be a fan of 80s music, an audiophile, a designer - or a remix of all. From style to stylus, this is more than a "coffee turn-table book". You can either browse thru it and enjoy the well researched anecdotes, scan the sleeves of the versatile artwork, or read it page by page for a trip 'Back to the Future'.
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So good, it makes me sad... 11 Oct. 2011
By K. Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
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...sad for the generations of music fans that will never know first hand, the exquisite joy that was the 80s 12". This amazing collection of cover art unearths memories of record shop visits past. A well balanced and loving compendium of a medium that is one of the best representations of the era's exuberance.
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