Shipping September 2020
When artist Morgan Howell paints classic 7” singles, he takes into account
every crease, every tear, every imperfection—producing a one-off, truly
unique artwork, almost identical to the owner’s original copy, but blown
up, supersize, to 70 × 70 cm, and three-dimensional, with the spindle in
the centre, as if the record is ready to play.
This completely original approach has resulted in Howell attracting a
cult following amongst art collectors and musicians alike—with paintings
commissioned by the likes of Neil Diamond, Jude Law, Edgar Wright,
Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Ian Brown, and major music labels selecting the
artist’s work for display in their headquarters. Howell’s painting of David
Bowie’s The Jean Genie is displayed at the Sony Music Building in London
and Yesterday by The Beatles has been shown at the Capitol Building in L.A.
Morgan Howell at 45 RPM beautifully documents 95 of Howell’s creations,
from ‘Tutti Frutti’ by Little Richard to ‘Heart of Glass’ by Blondie, to ‘Gimme
Shelter’ by The Rolling Stones, to ‘Waterloo Sunset’ by The Kinks. Each
artwork is shown in full and accompanied by an evocative story from its
owner—be it Johnny Marr, Danny Baker or Mark Radcliffe—sharing why
that record is meaningful to them.
The book features an in-depth interview with Morgan Howell, exploring
his process as an artist and why, for him, music and art are intrinsically
linked. With a format perfectly designed to fit on record shelves, this book
is a must for vinyl junkies, music heads and art lovers everywhere.
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Foreword/s: Sir Peter Blake and Andrew Marr
Contributors: Dominic Mohan, Johnny Marr, Andrew Lloyd-Webber,
Dylan Jones, Shaun Ryder, Sir David Jason, Donick Carey, Piers Morgan