Now available as part of TASCHEN’s Bibliotheca Universalis
series, this dazzling catalog of vinyl brings new meaning to the “album art.” Produced in collaboration with Colors
magazine, it brings together over 500 remarkable records
from the collection of Alessandro Benedetti and Peter Bastine.
The book forms a junction between photography, music, and design, celebrating vinyl not only for the integrity of sound recording, but also for its artistic potential as a material form
. With featured artists including Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Prince, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi
and beyond, it offers compelling insight into the most intricate details of a performer’s visual identity
, from a flamboyant color to a futuristic mirror effect.
The discs are arranged thematically to span monochrome vinyl
; unusual vinyl
(including silver, gold or mirror vinyl as well as extremely rare glow-in-the-dark vinyl); multicolored vinyl
; etched vinyl
(where music is pressed onto only one side); shaped vinyl
(cut into forms that are different from the classic round disc); and picture discs
(where a photograph or design is stamped onto the surface of the record). Page after page, this kaleidoscopic encyclopedia of game-changing vinyls is a colorful journey through era-defining records and artists.