The Beatles' White Album turned into art installation by Rutherford Chang

Rutherford Chang is going down to Liverpool with We Buy White Albums, an art exhibit featuring of over 1,000 versions of the cover, accompanied by a unique Beatles soundtrack.

Visual exhibit of landmark double album accompanied by sound collage

A snapshot of part of the White Album cover installation. (Courtesy Rutherford Chang)

Artist Rutherford Chang has spent the past eight years snapping up copies of The Beatles' so-called 'White Album.'

Of particular interest were first pressings in which previous owners had decorated, adorned or marked up the famously blank cover art.

The result is an exhibition, We Buy White Albums, featuring of over 1,000 versions of the 1968 release (known officially as The Beatles.)

First exhibited in New York last year, it is now being shown in the birthplace of the band's four members, Liverpool.

Chang explains to Laura Lynch of As It Happens the origins of the project, and the unique character of each copy of The Fab Four's famous double album.

You can also listen below for Chang's recording of 100 vinyl White Albums playing simultaneously.


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