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About simon robinson

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

Blue Angel

It’s not the greatest of record sleeves, but this album by Blue Angel does have a certain post-Punk charm to it. It also has Cyndi Lauper on lead vocals, which is the reason I picked it up cheap just after … Continue reading

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The Finest Gift!

A neat little piece of record retail ephemera, these small red and black stickers were supplied by EMI for shop staff to stick onto sleeves and other odds and ends. This one I found on the corner of one of … Continue reading

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Records and Fancy Goods

Two more scraps of record shop ephemera to clear off my desktop! This first bag from Sutcliffes has a great logo, but I couldn’t match it to anywhere in Hastings. Until I realised this was not Hastings on the South … Continue reading

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Strange To Your Ears?

Another monochrome cover following on from the White Noise sleeve. Frustratingly the designer of this unusual audio album cover is not given, although I suspect they did sign the art off on the front – but poor cropping means this … Continue reading

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White Noise

I was reading about a proposed live performance from the Radiophonic Workshop the other day and spotted the news that today would be Delia Derbyshire Day. This roughly annual event celebrates the career of the Radiophonic Workshop pioneer. It got … Continue reading

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All wrapped up

I have shown some home made sleeves on the site before, but did enjoy this 7″ sleeve made from Christmas wrapping paper which I turned up. I would guess at a late 1970s design, using retro style art. All held … Continue reading

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Yeah yeah yeah

I’ve got more music posters than I know what to do with already, scrounged from outside venues or music shops (or even in the case of The Sex Pistols peeled off a wall light at night after they’d just been … Continue reading

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Reading record retailers

You must have been spoiled for choice when out shopping for records in Reading in the 1960s if this trio is anything to go by! I don’t know the town much at all having only been there a couple of … Continue reading

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House of Andrews

Just a simple shop bag to hold a 7″ 45 rpm disc… But then you delve into the name a little and discover there is 150 years or more of history behind it. The firm was founded by the original … Continue reading

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Chest Slap and Yell

In these strange times here’s an album find which I thought might sit well with the current move to get us all to try and relax a bit.  It was sent by Chris Meloche but he warns us that all … Continue reading

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