For people who were there, somewhere between 1975 and 1990, or those who have rediscovered this era of great Australian music.
This series of books looks at the art of the 7’’ record sleeve. The first book looks at 1975 to 1980.
If you have a favourite 7’’ record sleeve, tell us about it. Why is it your favourite?, did it reflect the music within?, did you like the image on the front or back?, the lettering, the colour, the feel and vibe?
Music is wonderful, it means something different to all of us but it is intangible, you can’t reach out and touch it. Once the music stops, it’s nothing but a memory.
The record sleeve is what the music is packaged in, the warmth of the paper, it gives you something to hold onto, to share with your friends.
A great record sleeve had pick-up-ability, it made you want to reach out and grab it amongst all the other records. It would introduce you to some new music or remind you of some band you liked.
A band could have a visual style, the way the band’s name was presented, the hand lettering or typestyle could become instantly identifiable. The use of a great photo, a band pic or a familiar artist’s face on the cover all helped reflect the music within.
Tell us what you liked/didn’t like and why and we could include it in the books. The focus is the 7’’ record sleeve of Australian bands/artists from 1975 to 1980.
If you were in a band, a manager, ran a record label or a fan from that time, tell us the story behind the cover. We’ll include it in the book.