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Vaughan Oliver's favourite 4AD album sleeves

We're about to get very middle class on you. Not only are we talking about a coffee table book - clutter for pretentious people - it's a coffee table book about 4AD, the record label described by Pixies' Charles Thompson as "artsy-fartsy". But gosh is it a pretty book.

Facing The Other Way: The Story of 4AD is a detailed history of the iconic independent record label 4AD, signer of painfully cool bands including Cocteau Twins, Pixies, Throwing Muses and The Breeders. The book's author, Martin Aston, draws on eye-opening interviews with artists and label staff, exploring 4AD's first 20 years in which founder Ivo Watts-Russell guided it to become one of Britain's most influential independent labels.

The book also includes extensive artwork from the label's catalogue of releases. In the following gallery, 4AD designer Vaughan Oliver has collected together his 11 favourite album sleeves from the label's history, providing insight into their inspiration.

Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD is published by The Friday Project and available now

(Images:All designs by Vaughan Oliver; Photography of Various 4AD Artists: Lonely Is An Eyesore by Colin Gray; Photography of Pixies: Minotaur by Unknown)

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