Since late 2001, Wax Poetics magazine has pioneered a new vision for music journalism, serving as the nexus between music history and record collecting, and the magazine’s readership has grown exponentially, making musical anthropologists out of average music listeners. ‘Cover Story‘ vividly explores an element of music culture that has withered with the advent of MP3s and digital downloading. Records possess a visual as well as an aural capacity for storytelling, and the record cover – eye candy for the music lover – speaks a language rooted in the environment and era of the music itself.
World-renowned DJs, writers, and collectors selected the rare, unique, and inspired album covers featured on these pages; illustrated as a visual essay, ‘Cover Story’ exhibits the diverse art forms and design styles of the record cover, each telling its own story, graphically narrating the vibrant subculture of record collecting through the art of the sleeve. It’s a must-have for record connoisseurs and art aficionados alike, and as a music, art, and pop-culture book – sized and priced for impulse purchase – ‘Cover Story’ easily spans multiple audiences.
Preface by Brian DiGenti and introduction by Dave Tompkins. The Wax Poetics team handpicked twenty albums apiece, 240 albums in all, twelve chapters
Soft-cover, just over 7″ x 7″ in size, 288 pages, 240 four-colour plates.”