It's another world record: album cover art from the studio of The World Record Club 1958–1976

Geoffrey N. Hocking
Submission note: A thesis submitted in total fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Visual Arts & Design to the School of Visual Arts and Design, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Bundoora.The independent record distribution company known as The World Record Club began its direct-mail marketing operation in London in 1958. Two years later it opened in Melbourne, soon attracting more than 50,000 members across Australia. The club introduced
more » ... priced recordings sourced from, then little known, European artists and orchestras and sold to its members by catalogue selection. Among these 'new' artists were Yehudi Menuhin, Daniel Barenboim and Herbert Von Karajan, and the innovative and entrepeneureal approach to the marketing of often unheard classical music into Australia encouraged many like-minded European recording companies to release their product into Australia exclusively through the Club. The World Record Club can be credited with the introduction of the music of 'the baroque' to an Australian audience and was in the vanguard for international and Australian contemporary classical music. Right from the start the Club took the decision to create conceptual packaging for its album covers, not borrowing already existing designs from Europe but to create a totally new and independent look for World Record product using the talents of some of the most influential artists, illustrators, typographers and photographers who were working in the Melbourne design and communication industry in the late 1950s and 1960s. The studio saw this period as its heyday, producing thousands of innovative, creative and artistic album cover artworks which set a benchmark for design and illustration in Australia during this period. Many prominent Australian designers describe the studio at World Record as the most important independent studio in Australia of its time because of the creative licence its founding art director Geoff Digby allowed the alumni of creatives who [...]
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