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About simon robinson

Having worked as a designer mostly in the music industry, and mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.

Billy The Kid

I can remember this sleeve design turning up on a Music For Pleasure catalogue given away in one of the local record shops, and taking one home to admire. And yet it wasn’t adorning a cover on one of the … Continue reading

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rubber stamps and brown paper

Three more brown paper record bags which give us more glimpses of shopping for records in the past. The London Jazz Club on Bryanston Street, near Marble Arch, was a popular jazz venue in the fifties (referred to as the The … Continue reading

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1977 and all that

I was getting a bit nostalgic the other day while playing some tracks from Talking Heads: 77 and wondering where those 40 years had gone!  So I thought I would take a look at the sleeve and then perhaps follow … Continue reading

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Taiwan In Rock

I’ve been getting a book devoted to the Deep Purple In Rock album back into print for the publishers. There is plenty about the cover art in there but tidying the files away I thought this curious Taiwanese version of … Continue reading

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Before and after

I put a gallery of 1950s Hollywood Records sleeves up not long ago. The label revamped some of their earlier covers and here is an example of the before or after treatment which I spotted in the archive. It doesn’t … Continue reading

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House Hallucinates!

Sub-titled Pump Up London Volume One, this very groovy gatefold from 1988 turned up in a charity shop in town; has the acid house generation started getting shut of their vinyl already?  I say already, but this album is not … Continue reading

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If I Am Dreaming

With Very Lynn’s 100th birthday making the news recently, I thought I would pull out one of her sleeves from the ST33 archive. I picked this one, If I Am Dreaming (“twelve tender romantic ballads”), as a great example of … Continue reading

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Hooray for Hollywood

In The Mood (in Full Polyphonic Sound!), one of the better covers from the short lived budget label Hollywood, which ran for three or four years in the late Fifties in America.  There is a new album gallery with another … Continue reading

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Bottom of The Moor

I do like rescuing the old record shop bags and managed to put together a selection from my modest collection all from the long gone Virgin Records chain recently. Have a look and see if you can add any recollections … Continue reading

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Accessorise

I have added an early twenties HMV speed tester advert from the 1920s to our menu of Hi-fi accessories (above).  I’m used to stuff like this from the 1970s some of which are posted in this sub-menu, but didn’t know … Continue reading

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