Cover to Cover: Classic Albums, Reimagined as Books

Image via Christophe Gowans.

You have to be pretty ballsy to cover Patti Smith, Michael Jackson, and Bob Dylan, and artist Christophe Gowans does so – brilliantly – by taking the concept of musical covers to a whole new level. With The Record Books project, Gowans recasts famous albums as books, transforming Patti Smith’s Horses into a cheery elementary school primer about horses, and Prince’s Purple Rain into an ’80s sci-fi novel.

Image via Christophe Gowans.

Image via Christophe Gowans.

Image via Christophe Gowans.

Image via Christophe Gowans.

You can view his entire library on Flickr, or snatch a copy for your bookshelf with his compilation book, The Record Books: Volume 1. Personally, I’m holding out for his soon-to-come postcard packs, which you can request a set of by commenting on his Flickr page!


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    Tina 04/11/2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Super creative idea, I love how aged and vintage they look!

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    Cindy (ModCloth) 04/11/2011 at 5:36 pm #

    Love the Patti Smith cover!

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    Caitlin 04/11/2011 at 6:23 pm #

    This is an awesome idea! Really neat 🙂

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    katie petix 04/11/2011 at 10:03 pm #

    so cool, super love the alice cooper and prince covers.
    xoxo kat

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    Richard (ModCloth) 04/13/2011 at 4:15 pm #

    Ah! The Man Who Sold the Word, complete with Mr. Bowie’s real name listed as the author! Love the Purple Rain one, too. What a clever idea!

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    Sophie 04/14/2011 at 12:48 am #

    These are so neat! I love creativity like this 🙂

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    Amanda 04/26/2011 at 1:25 pm #

    Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

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    Christophe Gowans 07/26/2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Thanks so much for the review… those postcards are now available at The Rockpot:
    🙂 Cgxxx

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