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Soul Jazz Books

Hardcover, 12 x 12 in. / 360 pgs / 600 color.

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Catalog: FALL 2014 p. 56   

ISBN 9780957260023 TRADE
List Price: $19.95 CDN $27.95

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An Encyclopedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records

Edited by Disco Patrick & Patrick Vogt.


An encyclopedic guide to the cover art of disco

This large-format deluxe hardback book features the amazing artwork of thousands of disco record cover designs from the 1970s up to the mid-1980s. Together, the record cover designs gathered here create a unique visual history of disco culture. Featuring more than 2,000 album cover designs (including hundreds of full-size covers) as well as over 700 12-inch sleeves, this book is truly an encyclopedic document of disco music and the industry and culture attending it. In addition to the visual documents from the era, the book includes interviews with a number of important disco figures such as Mel Cheren (West End Records), Henry Stone (TK Records), Ken Cayre (Salsoul), Marvin Schlachter (Prelude) and Tom Moulton, as well as histories, biographies and discographies of all the major disco record companies, plus sections on roller disco sleeves, disco instruction albums, 12-inch sleeves and a scrapbook of disco ads. Among the many musicians featured here are Bohannon, James Brown, Jocelyn Brown, Cerrone, Dennis Coffey, Donna Summer, Chic, Fatback Band, Gino Soccio, Giorgio Moroder, Gloria Gaynor, Grace Jones, Isaac Hayes, Kool & the Gang, DC LaRue, Loleatta Holloway, MFSB, Ohio Players, Salsoul Orchestra and the Trammps. This is the latest volume in Soul Jazz's deluxe series of books featuring full-size reproductions of record cover art designs. It is compiled and edited by Disco Patrick and Patrick Vogt, editors of the book Disco Patrick Presents: The Bootleg Guide to Disco Acetates, Funk, Rap and Disco Medleys.

Featured image is reproduced from Disco.



Andrew Ryce

Disco: An Encyclopaedic Guide To The Cover Art Of Disco Records is a 360-page hardcover book showcasing more than 2000 album covers and 700 12-inch sleeves from the 1970s through to the mid-'80s—and, with the book measuring 12-inches by 12-inches, some are presented in full size. In addition to the record covers, Disco also includes written chapters on everything from the history of 12-inch sleeves, roller disco, "disco instruction albums" and a scrapbook of advertisements.


Jake Malooley

This is an exquisitely wrapped 360-page piece of eye candy, thanks to Patrick Vogt's fittingly excessive design.


Alissa Walker

The new book Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records includes over 2000 (!) album covers from the 70s and 80s, with at least 95 percent of them featuring scantily-clad and/or greased-up female body parts. There are interviews with musicians, designers and producers from the era, and the covers themselves include so many oh-so familiar names like Donna Summer, Chic, Gloria Gaynor, Grace Jones, Isaac Hayes, and Kool and the Gang, as well as hundreds of more obscure acts.

Windy City Times

Andrews Davis

You certainly can judge a book by its cover. In this case, Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco shows just that. There are covers of records by artists such as Donna Summer, Village People, Teddy Pendergrass and O'Jays as well as lesser-known musicians. Be warned, though: The fashions of that time are on full display, too.


Anneliese Cooper

What’s that, you say? You haven’t seen that many disco LP covers? Well, never fear --“Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records” (Soul Jazz Books) is here. Slated for release on November 30, this large-format book presents full-size reproductions of cover art from the likes of Gloria Gaynor, James Brown, Donna Summer, Grace Jones, Isaac Hayes, Kool and the Gang, and dozens more -- over 2,000 designs in total, plus more than 700 12-inch sleeves.


The Editors

Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art Of Disco approaches the disco aesthetic through the record sleeves of the time, which offer a perfect distillation of what the scene was all about – particularly the funk-infused electro-heavy brand that carried into the 1980s – think beautiful people, inventive graphic design and loveable forays into futurism. Presented by Disco Patrick (honestly) and Patrick Vogt, it’s a large-format book containing over 2,000 album cover designs – hundreds at full size – representing a comprehensive visual history of disco culture. There are also interviews, conducted by Claes “Discoguy” Widlund, with important disco personalities and record label figures, as well as histories, biographies and discographies. And that’s not all – the first 200 orders come with free world exclusive 12? disco single of Sexy Lady by Something Extra (Canada, 1980).


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Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records

Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records

At 360 pages and 12x12 inches, Soul Jazz's stupendous new compendium of more than 2000 eye-popping Disco album covers is a book for every music lover's library and an essential style guide for archeologists of 70s and 80s fashion and popular culture. In his Foreword to the book, Disco remix legend Tom Moulton writes, "Disco! The name conjures up so may thoughts of happy, exciting times when we were all living for the weekend. A time when we went to clubs and parties and we all just wanted to have a great time. We had our own music and the excitement of the music made us all move. We were always looking for something new to excite us on the dance floor and we had our favorites that got us up onto the dance floor." You really can't do better than this. continue to blog