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Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album
This is the definitive overview of the artwork of the seminal Manchester-based Factory label, covering its iconic record sleeves, posters, venues and packaging and also discussing the label's role in bringing design to the mainstream.
Paperback, 223 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Thames & Hudson
(first published November 1st 2006)
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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
A celebration of the physical component of music. Not much to add — Peter Saville showed us how music aestheticization through graphic design is an important factor in the way we approach music in general. Album artworks and physical design will forever continue influencing our “objective” opinion on a musical piece, whether we like it or not.
Jun 05, 2008 D.S. Mattison rated it it was amazing · 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.