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Dan Turèll’s All Time Greatest Hits and Storby-trilogien – Book covers, Gyldendal

Almost all the covers of the many books Dan Turèll published during his lifetime were designed by Peder Bundgaard, Turèll’s life-long friend and collaborator. These covers are instantly recognizable – hand drawn, colourful, unpretentious, often funny, obviously inspired by film posters, comics, and pulps. Most are great, some of them real masterworks of the genre.

For these reissued Dan Turèll classics Storby-trilogien and All Time Greatest Hits* (The Big City Trilogy and All Time Greatest Hits)I’ve kept the covers colourful and unpretentious, a style that fits Turèll’s work so beautifully, without attempting to imitate Peder Bundgaard. These versions are inspired not by film posters or comics, but by 50’s jazz covers, another mass-market art form with its own kind of poetry and cool. Both covers are made with letterforms masking rasterised photos of the author, overlaid with bright color.

Published by Gyldendal, March 19, 2016, the day Dan Turèll would have turned 70. Edited by Mette Mortensen. Thanks to Peder Bundgaard, Asger Schnack, and Chili Turèll for their kindness and help.

* 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 nearly ninety published books – from the early, privately published loose sheets to the condensed poems of his final years. Selected by and with an afterword by Asger Schnack.

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