Mark Batty Publisher, 36 West 37th Street, Suite 409, New York, NY 10018, Usa
I guess one can look at this book from two sides – so will I: The book documents the hand-made record packaging from the 90′s punk and hardcore area. And there is no better way to celebrate this but display the unique covers, accompanyed by short info on what label/band/year and style of work. You see many “unusual” materials used in record packaging, such as wallpaper, silk-screened- manila-envelopes, tin foil, hand glued together, stapled, stamped – true hand made stuff. Many labels (Gravity, Bloodlink, Lengua Armada, Vermin Scum.) and bands (Los Crudos, MK-Ultra, Guyver-One.) are pictured here – with their covers.
The layout has the same DIY feel to it, typwriter, basic. You also get essays by Hardisty and Corleone Records founder Brian Oakley. Landscape format (27×20) caseboard with exposed boards, 144 pages. A great documentation of otherwise probably lost DIY-art.
Or you look at it like this: The book features DIY-cover art, only some of it is truly original, a lot of it was not even born out of a shortage of money, but for the sheer sake of DIY for DIY most of the bands I have never heard of and many labels are unknown to me. That is probably the case because a lot of these releases where made in very small press runs – not a problem. You can thumb thru the book, read the 2 essays and put it in the shelf. Certainly it has a good documentation value and is well crafted. But.. Now you ask yourself what I think about it well, I stagger between the two.. you need to find out for yourself if you want to invest 34,95 $ in this fine book. (dolf)