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Put the Needle on the Record: The 1980s at 45 Revolutions Per Minute

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Put the Needle on the Record: The 1980s at 45 Revolutions Per Minute

Matthew Chojnacki

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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 previously untold stories behind the ’80s’ most iconic images from the designers and visual talent behind Madonna, Prince, Pink Floyd, Queen, Adam Ant, Iron Maiden, The Clash, Pet Shop Boys, Van Halen, and more. Coupled with exclusive commentary from more than 100 of the ’80s biggest musicians, including Annie Lennox, Duran Duran, Run-DMC, Devo, The B-52′s, Erasure, The Human League, Scorpions, The Knack, and Yoko Ono, this is an authoritative journey back to the songs and images that continue to influence our culture.

Size: 9 1/8″ x 8 1/8″ | 250+ b/w & color images | Index | 272 pp
ISBN13: 9780764338311 | Binding: hard cover


Matthew Chojnacki is a freelance writer and music/pop culture historian living in Cleveland, Ohio. His first 12-inch single was “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugarhill Gang.