NEW PLEXI-BOUND EDITION!  + LIMTED EDITION FREE LARGE POSTER ONLY WHEN YOU BUY DIRECT FROM US!

This new edition is released to coincide with the new Soul of A Nation - Art In The Age of Black Power  exhibition at Tate Modern (and our own new album of the same name).

Many of the original record sleeves that feature in this book are currently on display at Tate Modern (on loan from co-editor Stuart Baker, Soul Jazz Records!). 

Available right now -  comes with a free large poster!

Long out-of-print - This new edition book is the BOMB!

Large format (12" x 12") plexi-bound deluxe book, 180 page, 100s of killer sleeves!

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Soul Jazz Records are proud to present this amazing collection of sleeves from the deepest, deepest jazz music ever - compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records).

 This is a unique collection of cover artwork of revolutionary jazz music between 1965-83. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and the civil rights movement of the 1960s loom large as self-determination, economic power and musical freedom led to jazz artists finding new paths – both musical and economic.

Years before the D-I-Y cultural revolution of punk, Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and others ‘took control’ of their own work by recording, releasing and distributing their own music themselves.

The record sleeves of this era are as iconic and historically unique as the music itself and a striking reflection of the time; pre-desktop publishing, pre-internet these small-run (sometimes as low as 500 copies), self-made sleeves are graphically bold and radical. 

‘Freedom, Rhythm and Sound’ is the first ever collection of this fascinating goldmine of album art, which represents the first wave of inspired independent production within popular music.

‘Freedom, Rhythm and Sound’ includes a large introduction contextualising the music and artwork as well as features on many of the people involved. Alongside the musicians mentioned above these include Rashied Ali, Steve Reid, Mary Lou Williams, Horace Tapscott, Lloyd McNeil, Tribe, The Last Poets, The Pharoahs, Philip Cohran, Black Artists Group and many others.

 


Other Releases on Soul Jazz Records

Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3Experimental German Rock and Electronic Music 1971-81Soul Jazz Records
FIRST COPIES COME WITH FREE POSTER (3xLP) & FREE BADGE (2xLP) DIRECT ONLYThis latest instalment in Soul Jazz Records’ successful Deutsche Elektronische...
  • 1. Klaus Weiss – Wide Open Space Motion
  • 2. A.R. & Machines – I'll Be Your Singer, You'll Be My Song
  • 3. Deutsche Wertarbeit – Deutscher Wald
  • View full info and tracklisting
DancehallPOSTERSoul Jazz Records
Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!! Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent with any other item at NO extra postage charge (poster will be...
Freedom, Rhythm and SoundPOSTERSoul Jazz Records
Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!! Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent with any other item at NO extra postage charge (poster will be...
Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3POSTERSoul Jazz Records
Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!! Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent with any other item at NO extra postage charge (poster will be...
Dancehall (2017 edition)The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall CultureSoul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records are releasing this new 10th anniversary 2017 edition of their classic album  ‘Dancehall – The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall...
Studio OneBlack Man's PrideSoul Jazz Records
While the righteousness of blackness is at the heart of the Rastafarian faith, this collection illustrates how black pride remained a central theme, if...
Studio One SupremeMaximum 70s and 80s Early Dancehall SoundsSoul Jazz Records
By the 1970s Studio One and Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd had already proved himself to be the defining force in Reggae for almost two decades. From running...
  • 3×LP + Download Code £19.99
    Out of stock
  • CD£11.99
    In stockAdd to Bag
  • MP3 Release£7.99
    In stockAdd to Bag
Soul of A NationAfro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power: Underground Jazz, Street Funk & The Roots of Rap 1964-79Soul Jazz Records
This album is released this week to coincide with the massive new exhibition Soul of A Nation  - Art in the Age of Black Power now...
  • 1. Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  • 2. Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry – Sounds From The Bush
  • 3. Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Red, Black and Green
  • View full info and tracklisting
Count Ossie & The Rasta FamilyMan From Higher HeightsSoul Jazz Records
This album is a strictly 1000-copies only worldwide digitally remastered exact repro LP+ download code. Also available as a very limited...
Venezuela 70Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth: Venezuelan Experimental Rock In The 1970sSoul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ new Venezuela 70 is the first-ever album of its kind to take a look at the groundbreaking experimental rock music made in Venezuela...
Betty HarrisThe Lost Queen Of New Orleans SoulSoul Jazz Records
Betty Harris’ The Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul features all of her classic deep soul, sister funk and northern soul songs recorded in New Orleans in...
New York Noise 2016 EditionDance Music From The New York Underground 1977–1982Soul Jazz Records
This is the new edition of Soul Jazz Records’ long out of print first New York Noise collection, Dance Music From The New York Underground 1978-82. This...
Space, Energy and LightExperimental Electronic and Acoustic Soundscapes 1961 - 88Soul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ new Space, Energy and Light is a collection of music by early electronic and synthesizer pioneers (from the 1960s through the 1970s),...
Africans With Mainframes (Hieroglyphic Being + Noleian Reusse)K.M.T.Soul Jazz Records
"A devastating album of epic dancefloor rituals and visions from Jamal Moss (Hieroglyphic Being) and Noleian Reusse in their prized Africans With Mainframes...
Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of RastafariTales Of MozambiqueSoul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records are releasing Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelation’s seminal 1975 album Tales of Mozambique in an expanded double album/single CD/digital...
  • New 2×LP £18.99
    Out of stock
  • CD£11.99 £10.99
    In stockAdd to Bag
  • MP3 Release£7.99
    In stockAdd to Bag
Tee MacNight Illusion (1980)Soul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ are releasing Tee Mac’s ‘Night Illusion’, a lost classic Nigerian Afro soul meets disco boogie funk album originally released...
Nigeria Soul FeverAfro Funk, Disco and Boogie - West African Disco Mayhem!Soul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ new Nigeria Soul Fever is their first release to explore the vast wealth of Nigerian music recorded in the 1970s. The new album comes...
  • 1. Joni Haastrup – Free My People
  • 2. Christy Essien – You Can't Change A Man
  • 3. Akin Richards & The Executives – Afrikana Disco
  • View full info and tracklisting
Nigeria Freedom Sounds!Popular Music and The Birth Of Independent Nigeria 1960-63: Calypso, Highlife, Apala, Mambo, JujuSoul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ new Nigeria Freedom Sounds! features a stunning selection of material spotlighting the vibrant musical scene in Nigeria at the start...
  • 1. I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – E Ma Mobun Saya
  • 2. Chris Ajilo and his Cubanos – Ariwo
  • 3. I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Aye Wa Kael
  • View full info and tracklisting
Boombox 2Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 1979 - 83Soul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ new Boombox 2 is a new selection of early rap music from the period 1979-83, with barely a household name in sight. Featured here...
The SkatalitesIndependence Ska and The Far East Sound - Original Ska Sounds From The Skatalites 1963 - 65Soul Jazz Records
Fantastic new collection of rare and classic killer ska from the legendary Skatalites, one of the most important groups in the history of Reggae.This...
Lloyd McNeill QuartetAsha (1969)Soul Jazz Records
New edition of this very rare deep spiritual jazz album, the debut release from flautist Lloyd McNeill released on his private-press Asha...
Studio One Dub Fire SpecialChapter 3: 18 Heavyweight Dub Cuts From Brentford RoadSoul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Studio One Dub Fire Special’ brings together 18 heavyweight dub cuts all recorded at 13 Brentford Road in the 1970s. Featuring...
Nigeria Soul Power 707" Box Set​ Afro-Funk Afro-Disco Afro-RockSoul Jazz Records
LAST COPIES EVER!! GOING FAST!! AVAILABLE NOW Soul Jazz Records’ Record Store Exclusive Limited-Edition Soul 7” Box Set...
Soul 70Collectors 7" Box SetSoul Jazz Records
LAST COPIES EVER!! GOING FAST!! Soul Jazz Records’  Soul 7” Box Set comprising five fantastic 70s soul seven-inch singles reproduced...
Studio One Hi Fi SpecialLtd. Edition Collectors Edition 7" Record Store Day Box SetSoul Jazz Records
LAST COPIES EVER!! GOING FAST!!AVAILABLE NOW Unique Soul Jazz Records’ Record Store Day seven-inch box set comprising five separate...
Lloyd McNeill QuartetWashington Suite (1970)Soul Jazz Records
New edition of this very rare deep spiritual jazz album (currently £400 on Discogs for an original!) first released as a private-press album in 1970 on...
!00% Dynamite first night at Electrowerkz!PosterSoul Jazz Records
What a night! This was the first night that our club moved to the new venue - there was a queue 500-long of people waiting to get in! Oh yes! 50 x 70cm...
Vodou Drums in Haiti 2The Living Gods Of Haiti : 21st Century Ritual Drums & Spirit PossessionDrummers Of The Societe Absolument GuininSoul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ new album features the truly intense, hypnotic and fascinating Vodou drums of Haiti, a stunning collection of trance-like rhythms...
100% Dynamite (New Edition)Ska, Soul, Rocksteady & Funk in JamaicaSoul Jazz Records
This is the new digitally remastered expanded edition of Soul Jazz Records’ biggest ever selling reggae release, 100% Dynamite: Ska, Soul, Rocksteady...
Hustle! Reggae Disco (Expanded 2017 Edition)Kingston-London-New YorkSoul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ are releasing their long-out-of-print album ‘Hustle! Reggae Disco’ in a new expanded 2017 edition which now features five extra...
  • 1. Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell
  • 2. Derrick Laro and Trinity – Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
  • 3. Chariot Riders – Do It Nice & Easy
  • View full info and tracklisting
Bossa Nova and the Rise of Brazilian Music in the 1960sPosterSoul Jazz Records
Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!! Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent with any other item at NO extra postage charge (poster will be...
500% DynamitePosterSoul Jazz Records
Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!! Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent with any other item at NO extra postage charge (poster will be...
Deutsche Electronische MuzikPOSTERSoul Jazz Records
Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!! Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent with any other item at NO extra postage charge (poster will be...
ESG & MantronixPosterSoul Jazz Records
Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!! Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent with any other item at NO extra postage charge (poster will be...
Black Fire! New Spirits! PosterSoul Jazz Records
Large deep, spiritual jazz poster for your bedroom wall, innit. Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!! Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent...

People also bought

Black Fire! New Spirits! BOOKImages of A Revolution : Radical Jazz in the USA 1960-75Soul Jazz Books
Featuring: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Roland Kirk, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Alice Coltrane, Eric Dolphy,...
90 Degrees of ShadeOver 100 Years of Photography in the CaribbeanIntroduction by Paul Gilroy
Fantastic new deluxe large format hardback 12" x 12" book from Soul Jazz Books featuring 100 years of photography in the Caribbean. From Calypso to...
  • SJ Book (2.5kg) £30.00 £25.00
    In stockAdd to Bag
Yvonne FairSay Yeah YeahSoul Jazz Records
NEW SUPER LTD 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe. MASSIVE drum breaks...
Disco BabyDisco BabyMelodies International
Most highly anticipated disco release of 2017 Reissue of the 1979, three-minute up-tempo library recording, “Disco Baby". Only recently...
  • 7"£10.99
    Out of stock
Betty HarrisThe Lost Queen Of New Orleans SoulSoul Jazz Records
Betty Harris’ The Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul features all of her classic deep soul, sister funk and northern soul songs recorded in New Orleans in...
Carlton and The ShoesLove Me Forever / Never Let GoSoul Jazz Records
Stone-cold classic Studio One on limited-edition brand new 7" - loud, clean, boom!SEMINAL rocksteady lovers anthem
Raw Soul ExpressBest Kept SecretAthens Of The North
Athens of the North and Symphoncal Records are proud to present the long lost Raw Soul Express LP in a special limited Vinyl only release. Mastered personally...
  • LP£20.99
    Out of stock
Cocinando!Fifty Years of Latin Album Cover ArtPrinceton Architectural Press
Driving beats, coursing rhythms, swaying skirts, and swaggering bandleaders playing deep into the sultry night: Latin music is a celebration of life and...
  • Book (700g)£13.99 £6.99
    Out of stock
Richard BrownSweet and Kind / Don't Listen To The GrapevineSoul Jazz Records
CHECK THIS OUT!!! SUPERB sweet, sweet rare uplifting soul 45! ONLY  available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz...
The Sound Of Mercury Rising: Compiled With Love By DJ Harvey (Sampler 12")Various ArtistsPikes Records
The one and only DJ Harvey selects key tracks for his 'Mercury Rising' sets and cult Ibiza club pikes. This sampler features tracks from the likes...
World Of ArtCaribbean ArtThames & Hudson
A collection of examples of the work of over 100 Caribbean artists with text explaining the history of Caribbean art, the 20th century art schools which...
  • Book (900g)£8.95
    Out of stock
Soul 70Collectors 7" Box SetSoul Jazz Records
LAST COPIES EVER!! GOING FAST!! Soul Jazz Records’  Soul 7” Box Set comprising five fantastic 70s soul seven-inch singles reproduced...
Gal CostaÍndiaMr Bongo
Essential reissue from Mr Bongo!!!! A post-Tropicalia masterpiece from one of the movements key  figures and true legends of Brazilian music,...
Contemporary Chicana & Chicano Art: Vols. I Gary D Keller Bilingual Press
The result of years of careful preparation, this work covers the artistic production and biographies of nearly 200 individual artists from across the United...
  • Book (1.6kg)£27.99 £9.99
    Out of stock
Arnold BlairTrying To Get Next To YouSoul Jazz Records
NEW LTD. FIRST EDITION 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe. Stone-cold...
Johnny Osbourne / Otis GayleWe Need Love / I'll Be AroundSoul Jazz Records
Killer Studio One 12" bomb!
Black Art and Culture in the 20th centuryRichard PowellThames And Hudson
Fantastic book! s/hand copy
Cover Art of Studio One RecordsDeluxe Hardback 12x12" 200 page BookSoul Jazz Books
Available for limited period at special discount price! 100% Absolutely essential! Super-deluxe 12x12" hardback 200 page plus, hundreds of classic Studio...
Soul of A NationAfro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power: Underground Jazz, Street Funk & The Roots of Rap 1964-79Soul Jazz Records
This album is released this week to coincide with the massive new exhibition Soul of A Nation  - Art in the Age of Black Power now...
  • 1. Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  • 2. Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry – Sounds From The Bush
  • 3. Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Red, Black and Green
  • View full info and tracklisting
CubaReligion, Social Capital, And DevelopmentDuke University Press
When Cuba's centralized system for providing basic social services began to erode in the early 1990s, Christian and Afro-Cuban religious groups took on...
Studio OneBlack Man's PrideSoul Jazz Records
While the righteousness of blackness is at the heart of the Rastafarian faith, this collection illustrates how black pride remained a central theme, if...
Nigeria Soul Power 707" Box Set​ Afro-Funk Afro-Disco Afro-RockSoul Jazz Records
LAST COPIES EVER!! GOING FAST!! AVAILABLE NOW Soul Jazz Records’ Record Store Exclusive Limited-Edition Soul 7” Box Set...
PrinceInside the Music and the MasksSt Martin's Griffin
NEW USA IMPORT PAPERBACKPrince is the first book to give full treatment to his thirty-five-year career. Acclaimed music journalist...