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This is the archive for October 2009

D.I.Y. Album Art: Paper Bags and Office Supplies
Written by J. Namdev Hardisty

The good folks over at Mark Batty Publisher recently sent me a copy D.I.Y. Album Art, a book that compiles an impressive collection of graphics culled from hardcore records from the 1990s. The book resonates with me personally, as the "do it yourself" approach to making things happen was one of the most important lessons I learned through my involvement in L.A.'s hardcore scene of that era. Also quite apparent is the lasting impact that hardcore visuals have had on my own work. (On the collector geek tip, I was stoked to see that I have a bunch of the records featured in the book, w00t!) x Go x!

From the press release: "In the early 1990s a renewed spirit of co-operation and do-it-yourself initiative took hold of the North American punk and hardcore scenes. The new DIY approach didnít stop at booking your own tours and self-releasing records, now it involved putting together the very packaging for those records. Hand-gluing sleeves, silk-screening manila envelopes and raiding thrift stores for LP jackets that could be re-used became the norm. From there it was only a matter of time before anything could be used as a record cover: aluminum foil, burlap, vintage wallpaper, cereal boxes, tar paper."

More on the book here.