Can you identify all of the references used in the new cover for Awopbopaloobopalopbamboom?

The new edition of Nik Cohn’s seminal book of rock criticism from 1969 features a cover that includes 25 different letterforms from 25 different sources. But can you guess them all?


Journalist Nik Cohn started writing his chronicle of the rock music explosion of the 1960s as it was happening right in front of him. What emerged was a new form of writing – rock criticism – and, in 1969, a book all about it entitled Awopbopaloobopalopbamboom.


For the cover of latest edition of the book, the concept by designer Matt Broughton aims to “capture the spirit of this cultural melting pot” and displays Cohn’s title using 25 different letterforms – each one apparently referencing a key artist or piece of work from the time.

But can you identify them all?

CMYK Vintage revealed the cover at