18 Jan 2006
FAC 461 - Factory Works: The Visual Legacy of Factory Records 
Several years in the making, this book, by Matthew Robertson, is the first and definitive overview of the artwork of the seminal Manchester-based Factory label, covering its iconic record sleeves, posters, ephemera, venues and packaging. After a foreword by the founder of Factory, Tony Wilson, an introductory essay discusses the label's role in bringing design to the mainstream. Thereafter, the book is organized as a generously illustrated catalogue, arranged by the famous Factory reference system. Factory Works, as part of the story, has been given its own reference number - FAC 461 - making it a collectable item in its own right.

Title: Factory Works: The Visual Legacy of Factory Records
Author: Matthew Robertson (with a foreword by Anthony Wilson)
Format: Hardcover, 29.0cm x 25.0cm
Pages: 224, with c.400 colour illustrations
Published by: Thames and Hudson
Publication date: March 2006
Available from: Amazon.co.uk and other good retailers

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