A vivid exploration of an element of music culture that has withered with the advent of MP3s and digital downloading. Records possess a visual as well as an aural capacity for storytelling. The record cover - eye candy for the music lover - speaks a language rooted in the environment and era of the music itself. And, more intimately, a record can create a profound sense of analogy with its owner. This is the second book by esteemed music journal Wax Poetics.