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Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album

4.6 of 5 stars 4.60  ·  rating details  ·  114 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A creative juggernaut of the post-punk era, Factory Records was the catalyst behind the U.K. music explosion of the late '70s through the '90s with groups like Joy Division (soon to be the subject of an Anton Corbijn movie), New Order, and Happy Mondays leading the New Wave. At Factory, musicians and designers commingled creatively, with innovators such as Peter Saville, D...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Chronicle Books
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Jan 30, 2008 Tosh marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
One of the saddest things about the downloading music world is the disappearance of 'record labels.' As a youngster I used to buy music by it's record label. Factory Records has a very sophisticated graphic look to its covers and design - and really, sort of the last of the great record labels. Although that'a argumentive, because there is labels like 'Kill All Rockstars" or Subpop, which are important culturally as well as for its aesthetics. But my heart belonged to Factory, as well as Immedia...more
D.S. Mattison
Jun 05, 2008 D.S. Mattison rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: factory fans of all kinds
Recommended to D.S. by: i saw it at steve's house
Factory was not just a record label. Anthony Wilson was a genius at spotting genius and also just a plain old genius. Now he is dead brokering record deals in Hell with Ian Curtis. They have decided to fuck chronology with a broomstick and order chaos how it should be ordered - chaotically. No, really folks, if you want to know the factory story beyond watching 24 hour party people come over to either Steve's or my house and thumb through this coffee table treasure map while Durutti Column or Ne...more
This book blew my mind. Ordered it on a whim and did not at all expect it to be as good as it was. In depth information on each release, pictures of alternates to artwork, uncut rolls of covers, high quality pictures throughout. Like everything Factory Records represented at the time (music, art, culture), it made the fabulous seem simple and attainable, while still being produced at a level higher then a norm. This is going to stay on the top of my coffee table for long time.
Justin Cormack
A coherent exploration of design. Iconic covers from the Joy division one (amusingly the same quasar illustration was used by Tufte in his latest book) to lesser known designs, the Hacienda etc.
I'm a huge factory records fan, so this scratches a very deep itch for me--seeing all of the graphic output of the label--it's nice to see a lot of the non Peter Saville designed stuff.
I rarely buy books, but...I saw this and it caught my eye--a photo book of one of my favorite record labels full of great design and Peter Saville typography.
This is sort of like my bible. The Factory wares are lined up and shown off. The English Industrial Revolution recast as art/record sleeves.
Nov 19, 2007 Chris marked it as to-read
I really hope someone buys me this book for Christmas.
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