Love Letters



I do as it happens – did a bit of ‘real’ typography as a student. This is the cover of a very recent reprint of one of my very favourite books about pop/rock – Nik Cohn’s  AWOPBOPALOOBOPALOPBAMBOOM – which you will all know of course as the opening line of one of the greatest songs of all time

It was originally published with a very different cover in 1969. It’s subtitled “Pop from the Beginning” and Cohn says it’s a “jilted love letter” from a bloke who loved the first decade (plus) of pop/rock and then reckoned his great love had gone off with ‘someone’ else …

This new cover is by Matt Broughton and it’s a bit clever. As far as I know he’s borrowed every letter from somewhere in the world of pop/rock. That last B for example is unmistakable to anyone who listened to mid-60s folk-rock/psych?

But what about the rest?



Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

3 thoughts on “Love Letters

  1. I’ve an original copy, and although I’ve not read it for a while, I was’nt impressed with the fact that he dismisses Dylan’s relevance…. APART from that it’s a very good book!

  2. Must have a read of this as from the above quote it seems Mr Cohn is a kindred spirit who was not very enamoured with what went on between 1967-1975!!!

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