In 1966, The Beatles released Revolver: innovative and seminal, it marked a departure from their earlier records and pushed the boundaries of rock and pop music. Capturing The Beatles’ new direction, and visually representing their sound, Klaus Voormann’s Revolver cover artwork became instantly iconic. It went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Cover - Graphic Arts on 2nd March 1967 – the first time for a rock and pop album.
Fifty years on, Klaus Voormann has collaborated with Genesis Publications to produce a signed, enhanced edition of his recent book, Revolver 50, to celebrate the anniversary of his landmark award. REVOLVER 50: GRAMMY ANNIVERSARY EDITION is limited to just 500 copies. The 156-page book tells the story of the making of the celebrated collage, and each copy will come with a signed original drawing by the artist; a one-of-a-kind artwork, from a selection Voormann has curated exclusively for this anniversary edition.
In Revolver 50, the story of the album cover is recounted in the style of a graphic novel, starting with Voormann meeting The Beatles in the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, visiting them at Abbey Road to listen to Revolver during the album’s production, and the ultimate reaction of the band to his finished design. The book offers a fascinating insight into the making of the legendary cover with new artwork and photos, a foreword by Paul McCartney, an introductory letter from Ringo Starr and contributions from Mike D’Abo of Manfred Mann and Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design at Ravensbourne.
REVOLVER 50: GRAMMY ANNIVERSARY EDITION will be released as 67 Deluxe copies and 433 Collector copies. Deluxe copies (£845) will come with an original artwork in an 18.5 x 18.5” frame, while the Collector copies (£325) will contain drawings of varying sizes, placed within a 12 x 12” record-sized mount, suitable for framing. All 500 copies will include a signed, limited edition version of the Revolver 50 book, with gold foil blocking, gilt page edges and encased in presentation boxes – along with a special Grammy Anniversary 12-page commemorative booklet.
REVOLVER 50: GRAMMY ANNIVERSARY EDITION is a classic for every Beatles fan or collector, and a unique chance to acquire a piece of artwork celebrating the timeless Revolver album, 50 years after Voormann originally drew the award-winning image.
‘I opened my graphical ‘treasure box’ and made 500 original drawings available for the Grammy Anniversary edition of my book. Each Collector and Deluxe copy is unique and makes you the owner of an original Klaus Voormann artwork’ – Klaus Voormann
Get your copy: HERE