An ex vinyl collector with a particular interest in record cover art, I often used to buy records purely on the basis of the cover design. I found a lot of great music that way (and missed a whole lot because I didn’t buy a record with what I considered an ugly cover.) I got into cover design after buying a Cocteau Twins LP in the early eighties and started collecting everything with cover art by Vaughan Oliver in his various guises (23 Envelope with Nigel Grierson and v23 with Chris Bigg). At one time I had all the major 4AD rarities and books with the exception of a calender or two.
I admit to being an Andy Warhol fan and had bought The Velvet Underground & Nico album when it came out in 1967 and the Stones’ “Sticky Fingers” in 1971. One item is just an item, two items are a collection and so my collection of Andy Warhol covers began.
Naturally I also had a copy of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and a copy of The Pentangle’s ” Sweet Child” with cover art by Peter Blake. So there was another “collection”.
The third collection got started by accident. I read that Klaus Voormann was visiting a local record store and I rooted out four or five albums that he had designed. Yes, The Beatles”Revolver” and “Anthology” albums and Manfred Mann’s “As Is” and he signed them all. So then I had to collect the rest of his cover designs, Well, I had to, hadn’t I?
All the while I had been listening to The White Stripes and liked their covers. I found out the Rob Jones was Jack White’s favoured designer and I had the basis of a Rob Jones collection. His posters are fantastic, too, so I accumulated quite a few of those.
Then I found Banksy. There aren’t many covers that he actually designed (Blur’s “Think Tank” is probably the best known) but there are many more where his images have been used – and one on which he is supposed to be seen at work – if indeed it is really him. So I started collecting covers with Banksy art. And now I think I have all that have thus far appeared. My collection of vinyl and CDs with Banksy cover art has been shown in several exhibitions.
I had managed to buy Damien Hirst’s “Use Money, Cheat Death” 12″ single, with the cover picture of Kate Moss with the right side of her face dissected away, when it first came out. I had some Dave Stewart records, too, with Damien Hirst cover art and The Hours’ vinyl singles and EPs as well as CDs found their way into my collection–and now I reckon I have a complete collection of Damien Hirst’s record covers.
Having the aforementioned “Use Money, Cheat Death” 12″ and Dirty Funker’s 12″- ers “Let’s Get Dirty” with Banksy’s portrait of Kate Moss, I started to collect covers with Kate’s portrait. There are quite a few!
And Recortart is what this blog is about. More specifically, the art by the artists I collect, though occasionally something else might crop up.