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101 Essential Rock Records NEW TITLE
Kill Your Idols presents Jeff Gold’s
101 Essential Rock Records
The Golden Age of Vinyl
From the Beatles to the Sex Pistols
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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.)
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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, “one voice in each ear.” 

David Bowie speaks eloquently about the Velvet Underground’s influence, noting 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 upon 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 featured. 

Special features include pictorial explorations of Jimi Hendrix’s personal record collection, and a survey of censored album covers from throughout the rock era.

260 Pages, Hardcover, 9 1/2'' x 11 1/2'' (241 x 292 mm)
443 color illustrations, English
ISBN: 978-1-58423-488-3  $ 39.95
Contributors from A–Z:
Devendra Banhart
Ken Barnes
Joe Boyd
Peter Buck
Nels Cline
Jeff Gold
Robyn Hitchcock
Jac Holzman
Johnny Marr
Graham Nash
Iggy Pop
Jon Savage
Gene Sculatti
Suzanne Vega
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Jeff Gold
Jeff Gold has been obsessed by vinyl records for more than 40 years. A collector, dealer, label executive, and music historian, Gold was profiled by Rolling Stone as one of the five "top collectors of high-end music memorabilia."

As executive vice president/general manager of Warner Bros. Records and a senior executive at A&M Records, Gold worked with artists including Prince, R.E.M., The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Police, and Cat Stevens. A four time Grammy Award nominated art director, he won the Best Album Package Grammy for Suzanne Vega's Days of Open Hand.

Gold has consulted for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Experience Music Project, and appeared as an expert on PBS' History Detectives and VH1's Rock Collectors. His discovery of previously undocumented tapes has led to major label releases including Bob Dylan In Concert at Brandeis University 1963. Gold has contributed to archival and reissue projects for artists including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, the Velvet Underground, the Stooges, and Gram Parsons.

Gold owns the music collectibles website Recordmecca, where he writes about topics of interest to collectors.

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In a career spanning 50 years, John Van Hamersveld has graced such magazines as Rolling Stone, Esquire and Billboard with his illustrations and designed album covers for bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Beach Boys, Jefferson Airplane, Kiss and Blondie. more...

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Music packaging designs from today’s most exciting underground and indie music, pop, country, jazz, R&B, Hip Hop, alternative rock and electronica. Sure to inspire graphic artists design­ing music related packaging and music insiders alike. more...
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ISBN-13: 9781584234883 | ISBN-10: 1-58423-488-1 / 1584234881