Stuart Baker, Thames & Hudson, £30.00
Every now and then a book appears that, despite the price, you have to buy. New Spirits: Images of a Revolution - Radical Jazz in the USA 1950-75, by Stuart Baker is one such book.
Baker, who is the founder of the London-based Soul Jazz Records, has collated an impressive collection of album covers that have a special place in the history of graphic design and music.
New Spirits traces the movement that redefined the art of the album cover in the era of the civil rights movement, Black power, and the afro-funk style that characterised the mid 1970s.