Albums Redesigned as Vintage Book Covers by Christophe Gowans

If the recent death of Storm Thorgerson was any indication, music is often married to its album art. All the more reason to take something incredibly iconic in the age of Pirate Bay and iPods and turn it on its head, like the graphic reinventions of Christophe Gowans. The former Esquire art director's project The Record Books turns landmark albums into something you'd find in the clearance bin at Bookmans, making you think twice about those records you grew up listening to.

Check out more at Gowan's website and see a selection of our favorites after the break.

The "books" even feature short descriptions that have little or nothing to do with the original music. Such as the one for Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell:

Murgatroyd Loaf's late 19th-century story of a youth who runs away from his home and family in Hell's Kitchen, New York, to join the circus. Although he finds success as a member of the high-wire troupe, developing a trademark move -- hanging from the wire by his toes -- the story ends in tragedy when circumstances force him to perform straight after his sweetheart's 'Butterfingers' comedy routine.

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