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Books about jazz album covers

This page lists books about the covers of jazz albums, artists who created the covers and related topics.

Books about jazz album covers

Blue Note: The Album Cover Art

Author: Graham Marsh, Glyn Callingham

Publication date: 1991

Publisher: Collins & Brown

A collection of 200 of the best of Blue Note album covers.


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Jazz Graphics: David Stone Martin

Author: Manek Daver

Publication date: 1991

Publisher: Graphic Sha Pub Co

A collection of the jazz art and cover art of David Stone Martin. Originally published as a limited edition hardback then as a commercially available paperback.


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Jazz West Coast: Artwork of Pacific Jazz Records

Author: William Claxton, Hitoshi Namekata

Publication date: 1992

Publisher: Bijitsu Shuppan-Sha

Includes images of over 180 Pacific Jazz albums and a number of other albums that incorporated the photoigraphy of Bill Caxton. Bilingual text in Japanese and English.


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California Cool: West Coast Jazz of the 50s and 60s

Author: Graham Marsh, Glyn Callingham

Publication date: 1992

Publisher: Chronicle Books

A collection of over 250 album covers from West Coast "cool jazz" albums.


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New York Hot: East Coast Jazz of the 50s and 60s

Author: Graham Marsh, Glyn Callingham

Publication date: 1993

Publisher: Chronicle Books

A collection of over 250 album covers from West Coast "cool jazz" albums.

This is probably the same book as East Coasting (see below).


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East Coasting: The Cover Art of Prestige, Atlantic and Riverside Records

Author: Graham Marsh, Glyn Callingham

Publication date: 1993

Publisher: Greenwood Press

A collection of album covers from Prestige, Atlantic and Riverside albums from the 1950s and 1960s.

This is probably the same book as New York Hot (see above).


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Jazzical Moods: Artwork of Excellent Jazz Labels

Author: Naoki Mukoda and Hideki Satoh

Publication date: 1993

Publisher: Bijitsu Shuppan-Sha

Images of over 600 album covers mainly from the 1950s to 1970s.


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Jazz Album Covers: The Rare and Beautiful

Author: Manek Daver

Publication date: 1994

Publisher: Graphic Sha Pub Co

A collection of album covers by a number of designers including K. Abé, Herman Leonard, David Stone Martin, Gil Mellé and Andy Warhol


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Blue Note: The Album Cover Art 2

Author: Graham Marsh, Glyn Callingham

Publication date: 1997

Publisher: Chronicle

A second collection of 200 Blue Note album covers.


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In the Groove: Vintage Record Graphics 1940-1960

Author: Eric Kohler

Publication date: 1999

Publisher: Chronicle

A collection of over 250 album covers that focuses on the 40s and 50s.


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The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora

Author/Illustrator: Irwin Chusid, Jim Flora

Publication date: 2004

Publisher: Fantagraphics Books

A collection of the artwork of Jim Flora with over 200 images.


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The Color Of Jazz: Album Cover Photographs By Pete Turner

Introduction: Ashley Kahn

Foreword: Quincy Jones

Afterword: Creed Taylor

Publication date: 2006

Publisher: Rizzoli

A collection of nearly 100 photographs by Turner that have been used on jazz album covers.


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Jazz Covers

Editor/Author: Julius Wiedemann, Joaquim Paulo Fernandes

Publication date: 2008

Publisher: Taschen

A 400 plus page collection illustrating over 100 album covers from the 1940s to the 1990s.


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Freedom, Rhythm and Sound: Revolutionary Jazz Cover Art 1965-83

Author: Stuart Baker, Gilles Peterson

Publication date: 2009

Publisher: Soul Jazz Records

A collection of album covers associated with musicians and labels that were part of the avant garde jazz movement in the 1960s and 1970s.


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Classic Album Covers of the 60s

Author: Storm Thorgerson

Publication date: 2009

Publisher: Collins & Brown

Includes a chapter on jazz album covers.


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The Cover Art Of Blue Note Records

Author: Graham Marsh, Glyn Callingham

Publication date: 2011

Publisher: Collins & Brown

A hardback volume that collects together all the covers from the two collection published in 1991 and 1997.


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Coast to Coast Album Covers: Classic Record Art from New York to LA

Author: Graham Marsh, Glyn Callingham

Publication date: 2011

Publisher: Collins & Brown

A hardback volume that collects together all the covers from the two early 1990s publications California Cool and New York Hot.


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Alex Steinweiss: The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover

Author: Kevin Reagan, Steven Heller

Publication date: 2011

Publisher: Taschen

A collection of artwork by Steinweiss that includes some jazz album covers.


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Jazz Covers

Editor/Author: Julius Wiedemann, Joaquim Paulo

Publication date: 2012

Publisher: Taschen

A two volume, 500 plus page collection illustrating album covers from the 1940s to the 1990s.


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The High Fidelity Art Of Jim Flora

Author/Illustrator: Irwin Chusid, Barbara Economon, Jim Flora

Publication date: 2013

Publisher: Fantagraphics Books

A complete collection of the album cover artwork of Jim Flora plus previously unpublished sketches.


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Last updated March 2013