London Artist Imagines Classic Albums’ Tracklistings as Book Titles
by Ben Apatoff
The Dark Side of the Moon — Pink Floyd
Nebraska — Bruce Springsteen
Disintegration — The Cure
The Freewheelin Bob Dylan — Bob Dylan
Rain Dogs — Tom Waits
Ziggy Stardust — David Bowie
Would you be interested in a book called “Starman?” How about some of the author’s other titles, like “Five Years,” “Moonage Daydream” or “Suffragette City?” If those titles ring a bell, it’s probably not because they’re on your bookshelf, although London-based artist Simon Jones has imagined what that might look like. Rock fans will recognize those titles from David Bowie’s album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, one of several classic LPs which Jones has imagined as a book collection.
In Jones’ poster prints, used-looking paperbacks are lined up with each book’s spine featuring the name of a different song from the same album, organized by the tracklisting. Featured titles include albums from Radiohead, Pulp, Led Zeppelin, Kate Bush and Leonard Cohen, as well as works from musicians-turned-authors like Patti Smith, Morrissey, Nick Cave and Bob Dylan. You can check out more of Jones’ prints on his Etsy page, and post what record you’d like to see in book form (or whether “Jockey Full of Bourbon” or “Cemetery Polka” would be a better read) in the comments.