Bruce Russell & Luke Wood (Eds.) - A Record Could Be Your Whole World BOOK (Pre-Order)

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A Record Could Be Your Whole World: Vinyl Records As The Total Artwork Of The Late Twentieth Century.

Publication date: 01 May 2024
ISBN: 978-0-473-70500-8
Category: Music/Design/Art
Format: soft cover (with screenprinted jacket)
Trim size: 225 x 165 x 22mm
Page count: 328 pages
Published by Ilam Press
Ilam School of Fine Arts
University of Canterbury
Te Whare Wananga o Waitaha
New Zealand / Aotearoa

This is a book about records considered ‘in
themselves’. It is not about musicians, or
music, or design, or music history — though
all those things are considered at various
points. This book tries to cast light on the
unique role played by records in western
culture in the late twentieth century.
Records deeply penetrated everyday
life and encompassed entire worldviews
through their combination of sound, design
and modern mythology. In this book a
diverse group of people reflect on their
relationship to a specific vinyl record, and
in the process reflect the diversity of human
connections, needs and aspirations that
records can represent. In addition thematic
essays by contributors look at specific
kinds of records and their significance
to popular culture, providing a broader
context in which to consider the personal
stories that form the core of the book.

Lee Borrie, Jo Burzynska, Stella Corkery, Jon Dale,
Kiran Dass, Richard Francis, James Goggin, Christopher
L. G. Hill, Lisa MacKinney, James Meharry, Gwynneth
Porter, Bruce Russell, Luke Shaw, D Thomas Herkes
Tekai, Ariana Tikao, Tama-Te-Ra Tikao Calman, Tuha
Tuimaka, and Luke Wood.

Bruce Russell is a sound improviser. Since 1987 he has
been a member of the Dead C. and has directed two
record labels, Xpressway and Corpus Hermeticum. Bruce
writes about sound and is the author of Left-handed
Blows (2009). In real life he coordinates creative research
and post-graduate teaching in creative practice at Ara
Institute of Canterbury and is an Adjunct Associate
Professor in Art and Music at the University of Canterbury.

Luke Wood is currently a Senior Lecturer in Graphic
Design at the Ilam School of Fine Arts (University of
Canterbury, Te Wananga o Waitaha). Luke’s creative
work moves between design, writing, and music, and his
research interests emerge from the intersection of visual

communication, politics, and education. Luke was co-
editor of The National Grid from 2006–2012, and Head

Full of Snakes from 2011–2017.