The 1980s at 45 Revolutions Per Minute
After being tipped off and seeing the YouTube trailer for Matthew Chojnacki’s Put the Needle on the Record, very excited to grab a copy and think it’d also be an awesome gift for any vinyl music lover. I already recognize some of the album covers in our shop and can’t wait to read some of the additional commentary.
In the 1980s, music defined the moment: “Video Killed the Radio Star” ushered in MTV, “Don’t You (Forget about Me)” ruled The Breakfast Club, and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” became the anthem of a generation. The 1980s were also the most visually provocative era of the last millennium. Every new vinyl single hit the stands wrapped in eye-catching sleeves that reflected the latest trends.
Put the Needle on the Record is pop culture historian Matthew Chojnacki’s definitive guide to 7- and 12-inch vinyl single artwork from the ’80s. He presents and compares more than 250 vinyl single covers, representing nearly every prominent musician of the decade. Read the previously untold stories behind the 1980s’ most iconic images from the designers and visual talent behind Madonna, Prince, Adam Ant, Pink Floyd, Queen, The Clash, Pet Shop Boys, Kate Bush, and more.
Coupled with exclusive commentary from more than 100 of the ’80s biggest musicians, including Annie Lennox, Duran Duran, Run-DMC, Gary Numan, The B-52’s, Erasure, OMD, Scorpions, The Knack, and Yoko Ono, this is an authoritative journey back to the songs and images that continue to influence our culture.
Contains a foreword by Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters and an afterword by Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran.