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Taschen’s star-studded book, 75 Years of Capitol Records

Home page/Music page: The Beatles at manager Brian Epstein's home for the launch of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. London, May 19, 1967. © Apple Corps LTD. Photos courtesy Taschen.

    BY: PROVOKR Staff

    Tuesday, December 20, 2016

What do Miles Davis, the Beastie Boys, Bonnie Raitt, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Linda Rondstadt, Katy Perry, Duran Duran and Coldplay have in common? Answer: they’ve all recorded hits on Capitol Records, the label that is celebrating its 75th anniversary, having been founded in 1942. And now, Taschen Books is publishing a stunning volume, 75 Years of Capitol Records, to commemorate that historic occasion. The book is a visual delight, which is not surprising; Capitol, from its iconic cylindrical headquarters on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles to its archives of classic photographs and memorabilia of groups and performers of every genre and ethnicity, has a wealth of memories and images to draw on. Here, PROVOKR offers you some highlights.

 

The Beach Boys laying down vocals for their groundbreaking Pet Sounds album. Photo by George Jerman, Studio 3, United Western Recorders, Hollywood, c. 1966. © George Jerman/Capitol Photo Archives.
The Beach Boys laying down vocals for their groundbreaking Pet Sounds album. Photo: George Jerman, Studio 3, United Western Recorders, Hollywood, c. 1966. © George Jerman/Capitol Photo Archives.

 

Beach Boys Dennis and Brian Wilson rehearsing for a concert in Hawaii. Honolulu International Center, August 25, 1967. © Capitol Photo Archives.
Beach Boys Dennis and Brian Wilson rehearsing for a concert in Hawaii. Honolulu International Center, August 25, 1967. © Capitol Photo Archives.

 

The Beatles at manager Brian Epstein’s home for the launch of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. London, May 19, 1967 © Apple Corps LTD.
The Beatles at manager Brian Epstein’s home for the launch of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. London, May 19, 1967. © Apple Corps LTD.

 

Jazz singer Nancy Wilson on Hollywood Boulevard. Photo by Ken Veeder, Hollywood, 1963. © Ken Veeder/Capitol Photo Archives.
Jazz singer Nancy Wilson on Hollywood Boulevard. Photo: Ken Veeder, Hollywood, 1963. © Ken Veeder/Capitol Photo Archives.

 

Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin at the sessions for Martin’s Sleep Warm LP. Ken Veeder, Capitol Tower Studio B, October 1958. © Capitol Photo Archives.
Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin at the sessions for Martin’s Sleep Warm LP. Photo: Ken Veeder, Capitol Tower Studio B, October 1958. © Capitol Photo Archives.

 

Glen Campbell and Bobby Gentry in front of Nick's Burgers on Hollywood Boulevard.
Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry in front of Nick’s Burgers on 1720 Vine Street, just a few doors south of the Capitol Tower. Photo: Dick Brown, Hollywood, 1968.

 

Beck made his Capitol debut with 2014’s Morning Phase, which took home the Grammy for Album of the Year. Photo: Lauren Dukoff, Beck’s Malibu home, California, 2014. © Lauren Dukoff.
Beck made his Capitol debut with 2014’s Morning Phase, which took home the Grammy for Album of the Year. Photo: Lauren Dukoff, Beck’s Malibu home, California, 2014. © Lauren Dukoff.

 

The Beastie Boys shortly after Ill Communication became the first of their three consecutive No. 1 albums for Capitol. Photo: Ari Marcopoulos, Vienna, 1995. © Ari Marcopoulos.
The Beastie Boys shortly after Ill Communication became the first of their three consecutive No. 1 albums for Capitol. Photo: Ari Marcopoulos, Vienna, 1995. © Ari Marcopoulos.

 

The Taschen book, 75 Years of Capitol Records.
The Taschen book, 75 Years of Capitol Records.