I can remember seeing the odd Folkways LP in my Dads record collection. The covers always stood out. As I got older and started digging around old record shops l came across more of these LP's. Usually really obscure recordings, with amazing cover art. The label was always a bit of a mystery until I picked up a book by Adrian Shaugnessy from his Unit: Design/Research series:
Many bands were inspired by the recordings Asch made. Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and The Byrds amongst many others, have all cited Folkways' recordings as an influence. But for me, the covers were (in most cases) more influential than the music. The man responsible for most of them was graphic designer and illustrator Ronald Clyne. Between the 50's and the 80's, he designed over 500 covers for the label.
This was the autonomy that Clyne craved and why he remained loyal to Asch for over three decades: ‘He never mentioned price,’ said Clyne. ‘He never mentioned how fast I should do them, or what I should do. Nothing like that. Of all the work I’ve done commercially, that’s the one I enjoyed the most because I had freedom.’
The Unit Editions book was the only one I've been able to find (now unfortunately out of print). You can view many of his designs on the Smithsonian Folkways website.
The Scientist won the World Cup...looks like the final was against England too. I can spot Robson, Hoddle, and possibly Keegan...maybe Chamberlain??
Top album too...have a listen below..
Anybody that's emailed us over the last year or so, will know that we've been trying to get a little online shop off the ground for a while now. Well...here it is. We're starting small and keeping things tight, just to see how it goes. We've got a small stock of colours and materials that you won't find anywhere else. Numbers are limited, so if you see something you like, get in there quick.
We'll blog a bit more regularly than before, with stuff we're into, some music and some sneaky peeks of upcoming footwear.
Any feedback on the site would be greatly appreciated, just drop me a line...