Do you like music? Do you like books? You’ll find these classic albums reimagined as novels – in covers and synopses – pretty cool. From Pixies to Dire Straits, Arcade Fire to The Clash, The Killers to My Bloody Valentine, Christophe Gowans sets best-selling music in the literary tradition. It makes sense that the London-based graphic designer used to work in the music industry. Some even come with synopses. Here’s one for ‘Loveless’:
Lengthy novel, published in 1964, about the descent into madness of a sexually repressed secretary in London. It may well conclude in a bloodbath of violent retribution, but at over 350 pages of wooden prose, who’s ever going to know?
And Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’:
Instruction manual for an obscure brand of personal computer. Slightly yellowed but completely unused, as the machine itself never worked. Indeed, upon opening it up to undertake a repair, it was found to have no working parts of any kind. In fact it contained a brick, taped to the inside of the housing
You can guy them as prints or postcards here. I want them all.
Bob Dylan, ‘Blood On The Tracks’
Prince, ‘Purple Rain’
The Beach Boys, ‘Pet Sounds’
Oasis, ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’
Kraftwerk, ‘The Man Machine’
PJ Harvey, ‘Let England Shake’
Bruce Springsteen, ‘Born To Run’
Michael Jackson, ‘Bad’