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There’s no denying the fact that music is an essential part of our cultural lexicon and identity. We owe as much to the art that accompanied the music itself, and that’s where Taschen’s Rock Covers book comes in. The latest version of Rock Covers brings you more than 750 album covers that made rock history. From legendary to rare releases, with artists as varied as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Sex Pistols, Pink Floyd, The Cure, Iron Maiden, and Sonic Youth, this book tackles almost a half-century of music history through the albums and art that made them iconic and cult-like. Each one of the more than 750 album covers is accompanied by a fact sheet that includes art director, photographer or illustrator, year, label and more, and nearly 250 records that were particularly influential for the artist are genre are highlighted with written descriptions. The book also includes insider interviews with the people that shaped the history of rock music as a whole, and Top 10 record lists from leading rock collectors. The new Rock Covers will be released on August 5th.

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