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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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While you can go all MacGyver and shuck oysters with a screwdriver or other household tool, we highly recommend you invest in a good oyster knife. Why? Well, for starters, it’s safer. The best oyster doesn’t taste so hot when you’ve got something sharp stuck in your palm. Secondly, it makes the process easier and a bit more refined. Laguiole is an iconic name in knife making and the French brand has you covered when it comes to shucking thanks to the Laguiole Oyster Knife. Made of 420 stainless steel and complete with a wood handle, the Oyster Knife measures 6 ¼” and makes easy work of even the toughest shell. You just need to supply the cocktail sauce.