It is a good sign if musicians from all over come to a city for inspiration and ultimately to record an album. Sometimes they dedicate some lines, a song, maybe even the whole record to it. And then there is the cover art. It makes visible the style, design and zeitgeist of a city of that time. And then conserves it. Berlin got covered a lot. Bernd Leyon has them all. And started to feature them on Berlin on Vinyl a while ago.
He is the owner of Musikdepartment a vintage record store in Mitte. Here lies the birth place of a collection of these visual dedications to Berlin. For over 20 years I’ve been selling vinyl records and CDs in Berlin. The idea for this project came from a gorgeous wall in my shop covered with LPs and singles with images of Berlin. One of my customers was so enthusiastic about it that he said these just had to be published. Thus was the idea born, and over the last two years the collection of covers has increased considerably.
The blog has become a successfully crowd funded book. All in all there are currently about 150 beautiful and revealing pictures awaiting release in the most suitable and appealing context: a coffee table book! This large and stylish tome will shed a cool and loving light on the city of Berlin with both photographs and record covers from 1960 to 1989.
Berlin on Vinyl is due April 2014. You can get the latest info on release and price here. Wanna see the other Berlin wall? Musikdepartment Kastanienallee 41.