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Post  eddie on Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:12 pm

The Face's greatest hits, by Nick Logan – in pictures

Along with the Sony Walkman and the AK47 rifle, the Face has been added to the Design Museum's permanent collection. Of course, it is an honour and recognition for the many talents who were part of the story. For ­myself, I'm just as thrilled every time I hear from someone whose support made it possible to see the Face through the sometimes desperate early years. Here are some of our landmark covers.

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Post  eddie on Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:14 pm


1 Jerry Dammers, May 1980

This was the launch issue. I had been advised that “the Face” was too abstract, and I should have the word monthly in the title, and I knew I could find something more current for a first cover than the Specials. But they embodied everything the magazine aspired to – they had a look, a passion, and great music – so there was never an alternative. In a ­sentimental way too, I owed 2 Tone a debt for the inspiration to pursue the idea. And, as it was my savings at risk, I could call it what I liked – after all, the Face was to be my escape from a career where too often I struggled to ­explain myself to publishers or committees. No focus groups here: I was purely, wholeheartedly, ­following instinct. Photograph: Vinmag/vin mag archive

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Post  eddie on Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:17 pm


2 Grace Jones, August 1982

This was Neville Brody’s third cover as art director. It had been an unbelievably tough first year but now The Face had an ad ­manager and a full-time editorial team of two. Neville was designing book and record sleeves in a sublet cubbyhole in our small ­office in Mortimer Street, London. He had no experience of magazines but learned fast. For the first time, this cover gave me real confidence in the magazine’s future. Photograph: PR

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Post  eddie on Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:20 pm


3 New Order, July 1983

Neville kindly gives me credit for this. Without a cover-worthy photo, the radical crop was my suggestion. Photograph: PR

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Post  eddie on Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:24 pm


4 Killer, March 1985

I had part-accepted one piece of prevailing publishing wisdom: that it would be tough to launch a “general interest” magazine in the UK. That’s why the predominant subject matter early on was music. But when it looked as if the Face might not survive the first year, there was little to be lost by holding back. This wasn’t the first fashion cover, but it was the boldest of that early period. Photograph: PR

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Post  eddie on Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:29 pm


5 Summer Of Love, July 1990

There were equally strong and memorable covers in subsequent years: this is representative of middle- and late-period of the Face. Ironically, again I think it came from not having an obvious cover personality, instead casting around for an alternative. Art ­directed by Phil Bicker, scripted by Sheryl Garratt, featuring a then unknown Kate Moss, this pulls together a number of threads – from music, fashion, culture - to make one impactful story.

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Post  pinhedz on Sat Apr 30, 2016 2:08 pm

eddie wrote:

Prince in Minneapolis and Kate Moss insulting native-American heritage in one issue. Shocked

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