Factory Records

Factory Records

The Complete Graphic Album

  1. Matthew Robertson
  2. Foreword by Tony Wilson
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  • ISBN 9780500286364
  • 29.00 x 25.00 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 224pp
  • 400 Illustrations, 400 in colour
  • First published 2007

Whether you are into design, or simply nostalgic about some of the greatest bands of the past thirty years, this book charts the energy, creativity and enthusiasm of one of the most dynamic (and chaotic) record labels ever

‘Breathtaking … a must-have reference for music aficionados’ – Computer Arts Projects
‘As an indicator of time’s passing, a document of an important pop-culture moment and just as great a book of superb looks, serial number Fac 461 is the business’ – GQ
‘... by the time you reach the Happy Mondays’ explosions of graffiti and goo you’re properly convinced of the genius of everyone involved’ – The Word
‘A  collectible item in its own right’ – i–D  Magazine

Now in paperback!

Between 1978 and 1992, Factory was one of the most important record labels in Britain. It launched the careers of Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays, to name but a few; it opened the legendary Haçienda club and Dry bar; and it introduced to music the concept of high-quality, cutting-edge design. The visual languages developed alongside the music, by designers such as Peter Saville, Central Station Design and 8vo, are still widely recognized and imitated today.

This brilliantly rich and varied book documents the label’s entire visual legacy. Following a foreword from Factory's, Tony Wilson, and an introduction that explores the label’s role in design, every item with one of the famous Factory inventory numbers is illustrated or listed, including album sleeves, singles, special editions, flyers, posters, stationery and architectural projects.

Matthew Robertson is a designer and long-standing collector of Factory material.
Tony Wilson is one of the founders of Factory.