Album cover of the week: Things Fall Apart

Alright, it’s time to get out of the ’70s for a bit on this series and get a little more current.  As in almost to the 21st century.

The Roots - Things Fall Apart

I’m not usually a fan of using historical photographs on album covers, but this one  – from the Roots’ classic 1999 album Things Fall Apart – is just so striking.  The image was taken in the 1960s as riot police in Bedford-Stuyvesant chased down two black teens.  And although the album title actually comes from a 1958 novel by Chinua Achebe, it is brutally appropriate given the cover image.

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2 thoughts on “Album cover of the week: Things Fall Apart

  1. Johny why

    did they use multiple covers for things fall apart? my copy has a different cover (a baby after some kind of bomb blast)

    1. Chris Holmes

      Yes, they did five covers in all.

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