Classic Albums Re-Imagined as Book Covers

This awesome gallery shows what could have been if our favorite rock musicians picked up pens instead of guitars.

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Dozens of classic albums have been re-imagined as book covers in a stunning new gallery by an independent artist.

Christopher Gowans is a creative designer for several mainstream magazines in the UK, but he's also a big music fan and worked on the book covers in his spare time.

He draws influence from old school books, trashy romance novels, self-help guides and even children's books, and the analog-inspired results are stunning.

We've picked out some of his best images from the rock world. Take a look and let us know which ones you like best in the comments.

Pink Floyd "Dark Side Of The Moon"

Nine Inch Nails "The Downward Spiral"

Metallica "Master Of Puppets"

Jimi Hendrix "Are You Experienced?"

Beach Boys "Pet Sounds"

Radiohead "OK Computer"

Nirvana "Nevermind"

(We don't see the connection on this one, but according to his website that's what it is. Can any of our international readers translate the cover?)

Red Hot Chili Peppers "Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik"

The Beatles "Abbey Road"

The Killers "Hot Fuss"

Johnny Cash "At Folsom Prison"

The Sex Pistols "Never Mind The Bollocks"

Meat Loaf "Bat Out Of Hell"

Queen "A Day At The Races" and "A Night At The Opera"

Black Sabbath "Paranoid"

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35 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Nivrana one refers to something in buddhism relating to Nirvana. I think Nirvana means self enjoyment or self peace, something like that
    OK Computer's cover looks like it might be a book about keeping up with the upcoming age of computer advancements. So... not very far off.
    Wow... UG users haven't got much of a sense of humour... I LOVED this article. I thought it was very entertaining. I am going to assume (and not be swayed in this opinion) that anyone who is asking "what/why" about this may be, in fact, not very smart.
    Books are gay. You can't downtune a book. Where are the riffs, man? I rest my case.
    Smashing a book onstage is just weird. Smashing a guitar onstage is bad ass.
    I can only assume the ignorance professed over the Nirvana interpretation is a joke... right guys? You didn't really not get it did you?
    No theyre too stupid, and Kurt just exposed their stupidity from beyond the grave, just like he did with the lyrics to In Bloom (knows not what it means...)
    Whatever, this is hilarious, especially the Hendrix cover, reminds me of Chappelle
    The Nirvana one is in Hindi. It says "Koi Bath Nahi." It means Never mind.
    The Nirvana one is a reference to Buddhism. Nirvana is the highest form of enlightenment in the religion, hence the cover featuring a Buddha and Hindu text.
    Thrice Capades
    Way to make the Downward Spiral look like anything but the greatest industrial album ever, which it probably is.
    Please get these re-interpretations of famous albums off of this website. Whatever Dave Grohl said lately needs more attention.
    Dark Side Of The Moon looks like a really cool classic Sci-Fi novel.
    I know you're not meant to "judge a book by it's cover", but god damn I would so read Master of Puppets and Bat out of Hell! Master of Puppets is clearly a comic book introducing a new villain with mind control powers and Bat out of Hell looks like a novel of sorts, maybe to do with escaping hell or some inner evil... either way, I'd read both!
    As far as I understand, Nirvana is the ultimate degree of peace and contentment that one can achieve if he/she follows the 8-fold path of moderation. I can see a Buddha head on the book cover. Boom, connection made.
    The only creativity in this is the way the Queen covers use the last names of Brian May and Freddie Mercury.
    Nirvana is a state of mind completely freed of suffering, desire and so on. A 'clear' mind.