I am absolutely loving the new book by Gilles Peterson & Stuart Baker. Freedom, Rhythm and Sound explores a period of revolutionary jazz (1965-1983) through the cover art of independent labels, which were at a creative peak during this time. Stressing the DIY way of life forged by these artists, extremely limited pressings and self made sleeves highlight the same spirit of freedom and independence expressed through the music contained on the records themselves.
The 2-cd set created to complement the book presents 23 spiritual jazz tracks that step you through the different corners of the book. A very tasty selection on both counts!
More on the book at Soul Jazz Records. You can pick both up at one of my favorite stores Dusty Groove.