Great artists usually create the most iconic album covers. And in Art Record Covers, the relationship between artists and the album covers they've contributed is explored. The book features 500 album covers and records by visual artists from the 1950s through today. Among those are classics like Mapplethorpe's portrait of Patti Smith for Horses, Takashi Murakami's work for Kanye West's Graduation, and a look at The Velvet Underground & Nico, arguably the most iconic album cover of all-time with artwork by Andy Warhol. Readers are also treated to interviews with creatives like Kim Gordon and Shepard Fairey along with insightful analysis and details about each album cover.
No matter where you land on the political spectrum, it's tough not to admire a project like Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors. The book is a collection of oil paintings and stories by President George W. Bush which honors the sacrifice and courage of America's military veterans. Sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural of veterans who have served since 9/11 are featured, many of whom were sent to war as a result of Bush's orders — and many of whom he has come to know personally. President Bush will donate author proceeds to a non-profit organization that works to ensure that post-9/11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life.