* that’s the Sheffield Telegraph! But they have done the Covered book proud with a full page in the issue cover dated last Thursday. The Telegraph used to be Sheffield’s daily ‘broadsheet’, with an evening paper called The Star. The Telegraph foundered many years ago but came back as a weekly title, and has plenty of listings and local arts coverage. Anyhow their arts writer Ian Soutar has done a detailed article, which you can find here on the Telegraph website as well. It did mean I got recognised in an antiques centre the other day by someone else trawling for vinyl oddities…
“Covered is an eclectic collection of trivia and tackiness, lavishly illustrated and beautifully laid out, which goes some way to showing that imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery.”
Despite my love of all things Deep Purple (all up to 1976 that is, with selected tracks from thereafter) I’m not a massive listener of rock or metal (industrial is a different matter), but it was nice to see the reviewer in Fireworks Magazine – an unashamed metal glossy – taking some of my gibes in the book about rock sleeves I’m not a great admirer of in good spirit in a nice review of Covered (March / April 2012 issue). I did contact the writer and offer pistols at dawn over the Iron Maiden art, but he felt a game of scrabble might be more in order! You can read the full review here: Fireworks
Eye Magazine, devoted to graphic design old and new, including music packaging, has done a great post on their blog about the Covered book with examples and comment. “Until I read Covered, I’d no idea just how many copycat album covers had been unleashed upon the world – good, bad and mostly very (and sometimes deliberately) ugly. But highly entertaining. Simon Robinson adds credits, witty captions and typographical critiques.”
Author Jan Bellekens has also been interviewed by more papers and Reklame Klokje have featured the story in their online edition in Belgium. You can see the story here.
More media outlets have got reviews on the way and Jonny Trunk has asked to review it for the UK magazine Record Collector. Trunk Records is a great label, unearthing and issuing many esoteric projects both on CD (such as lost theme music and advertising jingles) and in books (Jonny’s latest on Sainsbury’s own brand packaging is one of those titles which makes you want it immediately and we reviewed his book on Library Music albums on the ST33.net site a while ago).