My specialist study is an investigation into the ides that album covers have had an effect on the world of art, aiding it to be brought into the mainstream. I hypothesis that album covers have had some effect on opening peoples eyes to different kinds of art, effecting the art and music world as a whole. I used a range of research sources and here I will be evaluating some of them.

”Sampler: Contemporary Music Graphics” (Intro, 1999) has been by far the most valuable academic source I have found. This book chronicles the most important album covers designed and the surprising effect that they have on music and culture. The highlight for me was how the author explains how Sargent Peppers by the Beatles was a huge turning point music and art respectively. This is something my other sources don’t touch on in such detail. This book put into perspective how album covers caused a chain reaction and propelled contemporary art into the mainstream. This is a valid and reliable source because it has been published by a legitimate publisher, also the book doesn’t lose validity despite being published in 1999. This is due to the fact that the book is giving a historical perspective and uses evidence to explore this persective.

Another academic source that was helpful for contextual reasons but not so much for my hypothesis was ”Album: Style and Image in Sleeve Design” (Nick de Ville 2003). The difference between this and Sampler, is that this book focuses more on facts. What was most helpful about this was the knowledge I gained about the evolution and whole process of how album covers came to fruition. The problem however was the book overloaded me with information. So much so that I struggled to find anything as relevant as the information gained from ”Sampler”. Also, I found there to be a lack of critical perspective in this book. ”Sampler” made very bold claims, yet managed to support that with plausible and convincing evidence. Whereas there was an underwhelming lack of this present in this source. I’d still site is as a reliable and genuine source because it has been published by a legitimate publisher around the same time of ”Sampler” (2003), yet the intentions of the book are different.

Because of how interesting I found Samplers point, I decided to expand on it and research it more. I found a YouTube video by content creator ”Nerdwriter1” entitled ”How the Beatles changed album covers”.  This source explores and in my opinion supports this point. I believe this source to be valid to my study because the video has very nearly 400,000 views and a like to dislike ratio of 15,503 likes to 258 dislikes. Even though there may be a lack of academic evidence, clearly this shows that the vast majority of people either accept the point the video puts across or believes that the topic is relevant and deserves to be discussed.

In conclusion I feel as though my sources have effectively aided me in gaining a much larger understanding of the point I am trying to put across. These sources don’t just support my hypothesis, they make me believe in it further more than I did before.

Bibliography –

Icon, (1999) Sampler Contemporary Music Graphics; Laurence King Publishing

de Ville, Nick (2003) Album: Style and Image in Sleeve Design, Octopus Publishing Group Ltd

Nerdwriter1, (2015) How the Beatles Changed Album Covers, Youtube

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