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Book covers for Dan Turèll’s All Time Greatest Hits and Storby-trilogien

Through most of his highly productive career, Dan Turèll’s covers were almost exclusively done by his friend and collaborator Peder Bundgaard. These covers have a distinct look – colourful, unpretentious, with obvious inspiration from film posters, record sleeves, magazines, comics, and mass market books. They embraced the everyday, popular, and pulpy, and were often wonderful and poetic.

For these reissued Dan Turèll classics All Time Greatest Hits and Storby-trilogien, I wanted to keep the colourful and unpretentious, while also changing the look markedly from Peder Bundgaard’s work (that I would not be able to replicate anyhow). These are inspired not by detective novels, but by 50’s jazz covers, another mass market art form, with its own kind of poetry and cool. Each cover is made with letterforms only, masking rasterised photos of the author, and / or with an overlay of bright colour.

Storby-trilogien is the collected poems from Drive-in Digte, 3-D Digte, and Storby-Blues, originally published in 1976-77. 

All Time Greatest Hits is a selection of texts from Turèll’s close to 90 published books, from the earliest privately published sheets, through Karma Cowboy and Sekvens af Manjana, to the condensed poems of the final years. Selected by and with an afterword by Asger Schnack.

Published by Gyldendal on the day Dan Turèll would have turned 70 – March 19, 2016. Edited by Mette Mortensen. Thanks to Peder Bundgaard, Asger Schnack and Chili Turèll for the kind of cooperation anyone would hope for.

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