Every traveler through parallel realities has by now probably noticed my attention to LP covers, which are sometimes masterpieces of visual art well illustrating the atmosphere of the music inside them. So a logical move for me is to present a richly illustrated book, compiled by Andreas Dünnewald, focused on the cover-art of Brazilian music from the golden period.
Another logical move is to publish a text about the book written by the editor himself:
As we all are devoted to the wonderful sounds of Brazilian music, we are equally familiar with the artwork of the records. But unlike other genres the exquisite record covers of Brazil are hardly documented as a form of applied arts—a fact that stands in sharp contrast to the stunning quality.
Brazilliance is an 232-page book compiling 1,111 of the finest record covers from 25 years of Brazil‘s pop music.
Brazilliance is shaped in LP format, of course, but even more it is printed on book print paper, uncoated and having more volume with the same weight than the coated papers most commonly used. Moreover, it has a natural white tone instead of the usual pure white. Both, the pleasant feel and the soft tone perfectly suit the illustrated record covers several decades old, so as to be sensuous to leaf through the pages.
Brazilliance was initially intended for a private audience, before two years later the unexpected possibility of publishing ensued. It was intentionally created as an illustrated book without explanatory text, as the record covers tell their own tale best. Yet, indexes provide detailed information on artists and records.
The additional website presents selected double-page spreads for supplementary information about featured artists and samples of their music.
Brazilliance is a labour of love to preserve the striking artwork that was designed for compelling music.
For a more detailed impression please feel invited to visit brazilliance.wordpress.com.
My special thanks goes to Milan for the opportunity to introduce my book to his audience .