MUSIC: HISTORY, SURVEYS & THEORY

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J&L Books

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Hardcover, 6 x 8.5 in. / 160 pgs / 275 color.

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Catalog: SPRING 2019 p. 86   

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Marred for Life!

Defaced Record Covers from the Collection of Greg Wooten

Edited by Jason Fulford. Text by Greg Wooten.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Marred for Life!.'

Marred for Life! presents over 250 record covers, lovingly and mischievously vandalized by anonymous music lovers. The LP covers were selected from the collection of Greg Wooten, a Los Angeles–based collector, musician and design purveyor. Wooten and his community of record-collector friends have discovered these in used record bins over the course of several years. Sometimes over-the-top and other times subtle—and often, really funny—the objects become a kind of found folk art.

Bloodshot eyes, blackened teeth, moustaches, tattoos, reviews, love letters, collage and psychedelic and pornographic embellishings of record covers by Elvis, the Beatles, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Yoko Ono, Nina Simone, Led Zeppelin, Sparks, LL Cool J, David Bowie, The Velvet Underground, Mose Allison, Prince, Tim Buckley, Neil Young and more can be found here. The book is edited by Jason Fulford, in a way that highlights connections and humor between the covers.


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Wooten’s new art book, Marred for Life!, is a curated slice of his massive collection of defaced records, featuring covers with additions and alterations ranging from blacked-out eyeballs to commentary like “sexist cover”

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/8/2019

Anonymous and personal folk art in Greg Wooten's 'Marred for Life!'

Anonymous and personal folk art in Greg Wooten's 'Marred for Life!'

It was impossible to choose a single image from J & L Books' staff-favorite new release Marred for Life!, presenting 275 out of approximately 1500 anonymously vandalized vintage record covers from the collection of west coast musician and design purveyor Greg Wooten. They're all so good! "I spend a lot of my free time making the rounds in the L.A. record shop scene, "Wooten writes. "I like the dual mission of looking for the cleanest, best examples of rare spiritual Jazz LPs while simultaneously scouring the dollar bins, hoping to find a Carpenters' record where some kid I'll never know decided to black-out some of their teeth! I often wonder, but will never know, how each of these defaced covers, found in the world, came to be. Once I jumped into the defaced hole, I realized that the range of defacing was wide—so many subcategories, from really thought-out and artful to just blatantly disrespectful. Bloodshot eyes, blackened teeth, mustaches, tattoos, reviews, love letters, collage, psychedelia, pornography, etc. Sometimes over-the-top and other times wonderfully subtle—and often, really funny too! I can't help but see these as anonymous and personal folk art of some sort." continue to blog


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