Your Favourite Songs as Paperback Books

Thursday April 18, 2019 Written by Toby

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We wish we could tell you that you can head down to your local op shop, rummage through its bargain bin and nab yourself an old, dog-eared copy of Prince’s acclaimed 1930s murder mystery novel Purple Rain. Alas, we have some bad news: you cannot. Please forgive us. (We never meant to cause you any sorrow, we never meant to cause you any pain.) The song is just one of many bangers screenwriter and sometimes-graphic artist Todd Alcott has reimagined as pulp paperback covers, which are also available as prints from his Etsy store.

Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand is repurposed as a 1930s crime magazine, David Bowie’s Life On Mars? is reborn as a 1970s sci-fi book and, in a slight departure from Alcott’s normal source material, Courtney Barnett’s Avant Gardener is rebadged as product packaging for allergy medicine.

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One of the strangest is the unexpectedly steamy treatment of Bob Dylan’s protest song Maggie’s Farm, which is reimagined here as a 1950s romance novel. Maggie is holding a whip that doesn’t appear to be for the livestock, and the farmhand, judging by the look in his eyes, seems like he ain’t ain’t gonna work on her farm no more.

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For more of Todd’s work, check out his Instagram.