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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 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
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compendium of Peter Saville's work - the book itself is flashy but contains no .... substance ;) ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2006, 35-36, art, culture, history, music
Visually nice, great appendix, and while a lot of the text is effusive, there are some nice insights for the non-design-initiate.
Gadjo Sevilla
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Iconic book on some of the best album art and high-concept design from Peter Saville.
D.S. Mattison
Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 19, 2007 marked it as to-read
I really hope someone buys me this book for Christmas.
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Justin Cormack
Jun 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: design
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.
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Sep 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
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