Famous Albums Reinvisioned As Novels

Famous Albums Reinvisioned As Novels

Freelance graphic designer creates book covers based on classic record albums.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 2 april 2013

Most people create soundtracks for their favorite books, but London-based freelance graphic designer Christophe Gowans isn’t most people. Instead he created book versions–or book covers, to be exact–for some of the greatest music albums of all time.

The Record Books is Gowans’ art series and personal interpretation of what famous music albums might have looked like if they were novels instead of record albums. Gowans came up with a story line and premise for each album and design a book cover to go with it. His book version of Abbey Road by the Beatles, for example, is a classic paperback about two Catholic sisters in post-war Britain. Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral is an autobiographical novel of adult movie star Tyrone ‘Nine Inch’ Nails. Michael Jackson’s Bad is, unsurprisingly, a thriller about a private eye on the hunt for the ‘Shamone’ Killer.  Alanis Morrisette’s Jagged Little Pill is a murder mystery with an agoraphobic Danish detective investigating a series of Copenhagen Scrabble Club deaths by poison.


For Gowans, The Record Books project is ‘a bit like mining for gold’ as a designer since he experiences a rush when he finds the right album and book genre match.

Print and postcard versions of these musical book covers can be purchased at The Rockpot.

The Record Books


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