The complete collection of 78rpm artwork from the old Record Changer magazine
Fantagraphics' first successful (at least in our opinion) coffee-table book. This one finally gets it right with this super-duper oversize (14 x 11”) hardcover that binds together 160 ultra-heavy stock pages featuring comics-legend, Kim Deitch’s dad letting it all hang out. These illustrations range from spare Virgil Partch-esque single-panel cartoons that turn the spotlight on the frantic mindset of the compulsive record collector to the elegant and truly marvelous artworks that graced the covers of Record Changer magazine. The pieces collected in this book provide the reader with, among other things, a visual charting of the rise of the bebop jazz sensibility in the late 1940s. This book will propell you back to the days when the visual side of our popular music culture was often most successfully realized in the print medium (hard to believe, I know) and have you pulling out your old Bird & Diz platters before you can say klactoveesedsteen.