Capitol Records

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Legendary label

Capitol Records - 1942 to present

From the Beatles to Beck, Sinatra to Sam Smith, a parade of iconic artists of their generation have passed through the doors of the Capitol Records Tower, one of Hollywood's most recognizable landmarks and home to one of the most important labels of the past eight decades.

To commemorate the extraordinary history of recorded music, TASCHEN presents the official story of Capitol Records, from its founding in 1942 to the present day. With a foreword by Beck and essays by cultural historians and critical journalists specializing in music and architecture, and hundreds of images selected from Capitol's extensive archives, we follow the evolution of the label and the behind-the-scenes production of much of the greatest music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Pop, rock, country, classical, soul, and jazz, no style is left out of this illustrated history of music that also includes the most famous, coolest, hippest, and most creative stars, not to mention the one-hit wonders who shone in the spotlight for only a moment.

Along the way, we meet Miles Davis, Nat King Cole, the Kingston Trio, and Frank Sinatra during Capitol's first 20 years; the Beach Boys, the Band, and the Beatles in the 1960s; the mesmerizing global rock phenomenon of Pink Floyd, Wings, the Steve Miller Band, Bob Seger, and Linda Ronstadt in the 1970s; the Beastie Boys, Duran Duran, Radiohead, and Bonnie Raitt in the '80s and '90s; and today's stars, such as Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Sam Smith. A must-attend event for music fans, Capitol Records pays a lively and passionate tribute to a powerful industry player who created the soundtrack for generations past, present and future.

About the Publisher 

Reuel Golden, former editor of the British Journal of Photography, is the editor of TASCHEN's photo titles, including Mick Rock: The Rise of David Bowie, New York and London's Portrait of a City series, Andy Warhol. Polaroids, The Rolling Stones, Her Majesty, The Beautiful Game. Soccer of the 1970s, books around National Geographic and the David Bailey SUMO. 

About the author 

Barney Hoskyns was born in London in 1959. He is the editor of Rock's Backpages, an online archive of news articles and essays on pop music, has contributed to New Musical Express, written for Vogue, and was a U.S. correspondent for MOJO. He has also written biographies of Tom Waits (Lowside of the Road, 2009) and Led Zeppelin (Trampled Under Foot, 2012). 

Capitol Records

Reuel Golden, Barney Hoskyns

Hardcover, 30 x 30 cm, 4.29 kg, 488 pages

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