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Rock Covers

70Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)Availability: In Stock
Rock Covers brings you more than 750 album covers that made rock history. From legendary to rare releases, from Elvis Presley to Iron Maiden, these indelible markers of musical memory are accompanied by fact sheets, featured interviews, and top-10 record lists from leading rock collectors.
Hardcover11.5 x 11.5 in.8.81 lb552 pages

“The material is wonderful. The subject merits so thorough and authoritative an account and caption details are good.”

The Spectator

“A lovingly and illuminatingly annotated journey.”

Metal Hammer
“The ultimate rock’n’roll art book.”
“…as is the case with any TASCHEN book, you can rest assured it will look as good on display as it will when you’re flipping through the pages and listening to some Pink Floyd.”

“A full anthology of familiar – and wonderfully obscure – rock albums.”

Nylon Magazine
“For hardcore record collectors or appreciators of physical media, it’s a great tribute to an art form that we hope remains relevant for a long time.”
Rock Covers

Rock Covers


Rock on

From Elvis to Nirvana: the most important record covers in rock history

Album art is indelibly linked to our collective musical memories; when you think of your favorite albums, you picture the covers. Many photographers, illustrators, and art directors have become celebrities from their album artworks—the best examples of which will go down in history as permanent fixtures in popular culture.

Paying tribute to this art form, Rock Covers brings you a compilation of more than 750 remarkable album covers, from legendary to rare record releases. Artists as varied as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Sex Pistols, Pink Floyd, The Cure, Iron Maiden, and Sonic Youth are gathered together in celebration of the cover art that defined their albums and their cult status. Each cover is accompanied by a fact sheet listing the art director, photographer or illustrator, year, label, and more, while nearly 250 records that marked particular turning points for a band, an artist, or the music genre, are highlighted with short descriptions.

This far-reaching catalog of visualized rock is contextualized with insider interviews with five professionals who shaped the history of rock, and by top-10 record lists from ten leading rock collectors.
The authors

Jonathan Kirby is a record collector and music writer. He served as an editor for Brooklyn-based music magazine Wax Poetics, has contributed in-depth articles for Oxford American and The Fader and is currently an A&R at Chicago’s famed archival label the Numero Group, where he also conceived the compilation Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound.

Robbie Busch aka “McBoing Boing” is an internationally recognized record collector and DJ. He has worn many artistic hats over the years: consulter and producer for numerous record labels, writer and photographer for magazines including Wax Poetics, Big Brother and XXL, comic book artist/writer and storyboard artist.

The editor

Julius Wiedemann studied graphic design and marketing and was an art editor for newspapers and design magazines in Tokyo before joining TASCHEN in 2001. His titles include the Illustration Now! and Record Covers series, as well as the infographics collection and books about advertising and visual culture.

Rock Covers
Hardcover29.3 x 29.3 cm3.99 kg552 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-4525-9

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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5 Ratings

Must have for every rock music lover

Paul B.,November 3, 2021
This is a journey from the beginning of rock music to recent times. Will always have a place next to my valve amplifier to choose what will be the next record in my collection. Love it!

Rock Covers

Christophe,October 27, 2021
Parfait comme cadeau à un jeune qui n'a pas connu le format disque

Brilliant quality

Brady,October 27, 2021
Great book, brilliant quality

Present for dad

Silvia,October 27, 2021
A great present for dad, who lived&loved rock since 1960!

Rock Covers

Christophe,October 27, 2021
Parfait comme cadeau à un jeune qui n'a pas connu le format disque