Martin Popoff here, to tell you about the yummiest, swankiest book I’ve ever done. The cover is made out of RUBBER and it’s called…
OK, so yes, it is a rubber-bound hard cover, 9 1/2” x 12 1/4” large format, on premium gloss stock, full colour throughout and it weighs 3 3/4 pounds.
What is it? Well, it’s a book of hard rock ‘n’ metal cover art, picked by myself and cover artist Ioannis, and then what I’ve done is critiqued, reviewed, raved about, interpreted, reminisced over... each one.
Emboldening some of my most feverish writing is lots of quotes ‘n’ comments from the cover artists themselves, the photographers, and in many cases the bands (and even the odd manager), about the thought process behind the cover at hand.
So without getting into names, you’ve got commentary from the guys who did covers for Uriah Heep, Diamond Head, Budgie, Ted Nugent (Weekend Warriors – yeah!), Kiss, ZZ Top, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Gamma (II of course!), Iron Maiden, Queen, Thin Lizzy, Motley Crue... and dozens of rockers from all walks of the ‘70s and ‘80s having a laugh over some of their greatest wrappers. And it’s not all mainstream either—you’ll see some Quartz, Manowar, Legs Diamond, Angel, Boyzz and Starz celebrated here as well.
Also included are a couple of reminiscing introductions from myself and Ioannis (who also helped with design) and list of both of ours’ Top 100 Hard Rock Album Covers Of The Vinyl Age. Each cover is fully credited, and then cross referenced by a couple of indexes in the back, and the shots of each sleeve are sumptuously top-notch, taken from pristine sources.
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