Now in paperback! Available on Amazon and from the MIT Press

This extraordinary and brilliantly curated book reveals how the tropes of cultured living were disseminated through the universal medium of music decades before the era of ‘designer pop’. Revisionary and essential.”
—Peter Saville, artist and designer; founder and art director of Factory Records; author of *Designed by Peter Saville*

“What Walter Benjamin is to the Parisian arcades of the nineteenth century, Borgerson and Schroeder are to the midcentury American living room. Through the magical window of the LP cover they let us rediscover the phantasmagorias of postwar America. I love this book.”
—Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Moderna Museet, Stockholm; contributing editor of Artforum
“Exploring the secret life of records, Borgerson and Schroeder comb the discarded and recovered bins of thrift-store vinyl for clues to a hidden agenda.  At once hilarious and penetrating, their astute observations and thoughtful groupings cut across genre, label, and designer to reveal uncanny continuities that link jazz, rock, easy listening, self-help, exotica, folkloric, and other impossible to pin-down modalities in an eye-popping slide show of the mid-century American imaginary.”
—John Corbett, writer and curator; author of *Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium* and *A Listener’s Guide to Free Improvisation*