Sleeveface book – available now!

sleeveface be the vinyl book

This is what the new Sleeveface book looks like. It’s out now!

This book WON’T help you lose weight, make friends or money, won’t help you give up chocolate or change the way you think. It will, however, make you laugh, stare and wonder at the brilliance of Sleeveface!
Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1


Available in all good book shops. These links go straight to the book.

Amazon Canada

Rock On Wall

Amazon Germany

Dubray Books

Amazon UK

Amazon USA
Barnes & Noble USA
Find an independent USA bookstore

The book now has selected distribution in all these places. Try your favourite bookstore.

The book is also available now in other places on import.

If you want to tip-off a book shop, the publisher is called Artisan Workman.


sleeveface background


Let’s recap. It started with a Paul McCartney sleeve, then swiftly led to one or more persons in Cardiff, Wales having TOO MUCH fun ransacking their record shelves – from Rolling Stones to Nugent to Bowie to Cymande to Streisand. And people brandishing cameras yelling “up a bit, down a bit”.

Sleeveface has heralded several positive outcomes for humanity. Viz:

How To Sleeveface – the vid by Ewan Jones-Morris – which you have surely seen by now…

Flickr and Facebook groups

– Some rip-roaring Sleeveface parties

– A worldwide shortage of Barry Manilow records

– Students and dogs covering their faces with record sleeves

– Sleeveface, the book

So what’s in the book? Initially I envisaged a lengthy academic thesis about how it combines Marcel Duchamp’s readymades and Magritte’s treachery of images to form Warholian pop art. I’m kidding. The book publisher would rightly have stuck up a nose to that.

So it’s a 192-page compilation of Sleeveface pictures – hilarious, debonair, artistic – and in full colour! (Color!)

It makes a great present for that certain person in your life. Namely, the person who likes books featuring pictures of people holding record sleeves in front of their faces.

carl morris, john rostron and sleeveface friends


Sleeveface the book was compiled by Carl Morris and John Rostron with the help of friends – and talented contributors from around the world.

The Sleeveface photograph on the book cover was done by Gunnar Bangsmoen. It’s a record by the band Bob Hund who are signed to Silence records. Original design of the sleeve is by Martin Kann.

“Be the vinyl” is taken from a rather enthusiastic quote by Andy Bell of Erasure when he heard about Sleeveface.

33 comments on “Sleeveface book – available now!”

  1. Hello, I fell in love with the photos of the site and the book. I’m Paride, i’m Italian but i live in Germany. I’m a Songwriter, i wrote a song about the desire to keep playing, jocking and dreaming…. I thought I’d use your photos. Naturally I would mention the site and the sources and I would put a photo of the book at the beginning and at the end or I could even leaf through the book. I would really like to create this collage of photos for my song; do you allow me? If it helps you to decide, I can send you the song and the lyrics so you understand the idea better.
    Thank you
    Paride Nicastro

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