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HARDWARES

MARTIN POPOFF With IOANNIS

Fade To Black: Hard Rock Cover Art Of The Vinyl Age

(Sterling)

Reviewed by : Greg Pratt
Rating : 9.0

Just take a gander at this gorgeous coffee-table book filled with cover art from 1965-1990 and it's hard to not drool over that super nice leather-bound cover (it's actually rubber!). Vet metal journalist Martin Popoff (a fellow Brave Words writer) knows his trivia like no one else, especially when it comes to the classic stuff, so to hear him wax on about these album covers is priceless, which is what he does here, picking a ton of albums and giving quick thoughts about their art, along with trivia and quotes from those involved (here, legendary album cover artist Ioannis helps him pick which covers should be included). What I like the most about looking back on these classic covers is discovering just how tossed off so many of them were. We tend to think back and imagine them as being brilliant collaborative works of art, when half the time it was clueless band dudes taking a pic by accident or the label using some shot without even telling the band, or just something like that... it ain't genius, it's a product of time, nostalgia, and being attached to what ended up being, for one reason or another, a classic album to some factions of the longhair militia. It's great to find out amazing stories behind album covers like the ones for, say, THIN LIZZY's Johnny The Fox or ALICE COOPER's Greatest Hits. It's also amazing to know that some of the people behind some of these classic covers have ended up in some odd and unfortunate places: at least one suicide and at least one person completely vanished for over 25 years, whereabouts unknown to even his family (as to what covers they drew, you'll have to read the book to find out). What I don't like is the seemingly haphazard decisions in regard to which album covers get blown up huge on the page or placed a bit smaller, off to the side a bit (I know squares are tough), the varying lengths of the write-ups... unfortunately, more words on the page equal less space for cover art, so the more Popoff has to say about it, the less you as a reader can really examine the art on the page. Eh, small complaints though: this one is a total blast and I was genuinely upset when I reached the end.



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