Hot Press launched in 1977 and is widely regarded as one of the world’s great rock ’n’ roll and music magazines. Much like its transatlantic contemporary Rolling Stone, the cover of Hot Press magazine was and remains a big media moment for many of the music artists that featured on it. 

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Hot Press was originally launched in the midst of the punk/new wave explosion. Since then, many of the most important names in the history of music have appeared on the front cover of the magazine. Hot Press has been crucial to the success of internationally renowned Irish artists of the modern era; from The Boomtown Rats and U2, through Enya, Sinéad O’Connor and The Cranberries, to modern superstars like Snow Patrol, Hozier and The Script.

Hot Press was strongly associated with U2 from the outset, putting the fledgeling Dublin four-piece on the cover for the first time when they released their debut single, ‘U23’, all the way back in 1979. Since then, the band, and its members have appeared on the cover 47 times and counting.

The idea for Covered In Glory: The Hot Press Covers Book came out of the magazine’s 40th anniversary celebratory exhibition project, which ran throughout the summer in The National Library of Ireland. All the covers featured in the exhibition have been signed by the artists themselves and have been gathered together in this truly remarkable book.

PledgeMusic are enormously proud to present Covered In Glory: The Hot Press Covers in two formats; the Luxury Gold and Super De Luxe Platinum edition.

The Luxury Gold edition contains 125+ specially selected signed front covers by artists including Madonna, Nick Cave, Van Morrison, Tom Waits, Enya, Snow Patrol, Noel Gallagher, Grace Jones, Sting, Blur, All Saints, Bjork, Paul Simon, Radiohead, Phil Collins, Bryan Ferry, Patti Smith and the aforementioned U2. and a special section of covers dedicated to musical heroes loved and lost – including Rory Gallagher, Philip Lynott, John Lennon, David Bowie, Prince, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, Joe Strummer, Leonard Cohen, Freddy Mercury, George Michael.

The De Luxe edition is a gorgeously printed, large format Limited Edition collector’s item, individually signed and numbered, with loads of add-ons. Each book comes in its own special slip-case. This unique, once-in-a-lifetime edition runs to 352 pages. It includes all the above artists, plus many more and is the only place where you can get all of the extraordinary, historic U2 covers.

More items are to be added to the campaign, and all the above can be pre-ordered on PledgeMusic now.

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