We came across an interesting book that is being published in December. It’s a coffee table book that’s a celebration of vinyl. We think of it as vinyl porn–there are large photos of first pressings of every album featured (some extremely rare,) essays/interviews from Iggy Pop, Graham Nash, Johnny Marr, David Bowie, Peter Buck, Suzanne Vega, Devendra Banhart and others who discuss their love of vinyl and the records that changed their lives, a history of the LP from Elektra founder Jac Holzman, a four page pictorial spread on Jimi Hendrix’s personal record collection, a history of Censored album covers, and more. Definitely worth checking out!
This volume is a tribute to the vinyl album and celebrates 101 of rock’s most influential records – from The Beatles’ 1963 debut Please Please Me through the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks (1977). Alongside the big names – Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac – are lesser-known but highly influential artists including Laura Nyro, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Captain Beefheart, and The Stooges. An essay on each album accompanies reproductions of the original vinyl cover artwork, with rare variations from around the world (including the first-ever Beatles LP, valued at $5,000, and an alternate issue of Bob Dylan’s Freewheelin’, worth twice that amount).
Also included are thought-provoking interviews with musicians who discuss the albums and artists who changed their lives. Graham Nash describes meeting The Beatles at a 1959 talent show where they were billed as Johnny and the Moondogs and how, four years later, John Lennon and Paul McCartney sang him the just written “Misery,” with “one voice in each ear.”
David Bowie speaks eloquently about the Velvet Underground’s influence, noting that his band, Buzz, performed “I’m Waiting For The Man” as an encore at their last gig, and that “it was the first time a Velvet song had been covered by anyone, anywhere in the world. Lucky me.”
Iggy Pop writes of the profound impact from hearing Van Morrison’s no-holds-barred performance on the first album by Them, and his admiration for Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention’s Freak Out, noting that opening for the Mothers “pushed me to be weirder faster.” Contributions from Susanne Vega, Peter Buck (REM,) Johnny Marr (The Smiths,) Nels Cline (Wilco,) Devendra Banhart, Robyn Hitchcock, and more are also included.