Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album by Matthew Robertson
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San Francisco. Chronicle Books LLC. 2006/2007. First US Edition. Softcover. Book Condition: Fine. 223pp. (ill. in colour).
A catalogue of British label Factory Records' "visual legacy." Claimed in the title, this volume is complete beyond the scope of any imagination: having compiled an artist studio's kind of inventory system, the label archived album sleeves, singles, flyers, and posters, as well as ephemera like stationary, nightclubs, and even legal documents. A kind of Factory Record "catalogue raisonée," this volume is a demonstration of the label's influential role on the timeline of music history, as well as in establishing a design-minded, graphic connection between the music and the media, creating a visual memory for sounds like the start of a Joy Division song.
Front Cover: New Order, Power, Corruption & Lies (des. PSA)
Back Cover: Joy Division, Closer (des. by Martyn Atkins & Peter Saville); The Durutti Column, The Guitar and Other Machines (des. by 8vo); Happy Mondays, Bummed (des. by Central Station Design).