Rutherford Chang: can't get enough of the White Album

by MOTM Editorial on Music News 3 Mar, 2013

The artist has collected hundreds of copies of the Beatles’ album, each bearing the traces of its former owners

Imagine a vinyl collection consisting of 693 first pressings … of the same album. Artist Rutherford Chang started collecting the Beatles’ “White Album” when he was 15, and because he prefers the battered covers – “I often find the ‘poorer’-condition albums more interesting,” he says – Chang has never paid more than $20 (£13) for a copy.

All photographs by Eilon Paz for Dust & Grooves

So are they well-loved, or vandalised? The albums have been personalised with everything from white paint to scrawled poetry. “I keep wondering if Richard Hamilton foresaw that this would happen when he designed the cover back in 1968,” says Chang.

Currently on display at the Recess gallery in New York, you can read an interview with Chang and see more copies of his collection at dustandgrooves.com.

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