Ladies and Gentlemen – presenting the Class of 2012 of the Album Cover Hall of Fame!
After a research, nominating and voting process that began in March, 2010 and ended in August with our final vote, the ACHOF Nominating Panel has selected a list of individuals and companies that very clearly represent the best examples of a large number of talented men, women and teams who’ve created and published a huge portfolio of memorable album cover images.
We’ve divided the Inductees into their respective categories so that you, the fans, can get to know each winner individually and within their group of peers. Inductees are listed alphabetically:
Album Cover Photographers – Joel Brodsky, Henry Diltz, Bob Gruen, Elliott Landy, Gered Mankowitz, Jim Marshall, Mick Rock, Norman Seeff, Bob Seidemann, Robert Whitaker
Album Cover Illustrators (inc. those specializing in logos and typography) – Robert Crumb, Roger Dean, H.R. Giger, Rick Griffin, George Hardie, Stanley Mouse/Alton Kelley, Cal Schenkel, John Van Hamersveld, Klauss Voorman, Andy Warhol
Album Cover Designers/Art Directors – Sir Peter Blake, Gary Burden, Peter Corriston, David Costa, Mick Haggerty, Hipgnosis (Storm Thorgerson/Aubrey Powell), John Kosh, Martin Sharp, Ed Thrasher, Tom Wilkes
Individual Achievement Awards (given to people who’ve stepped out of their regular areas of expertise to create a notable record cover) – Barry Godber (King Crimson’s Court of the Crimson King), Richard Hamilton (The Beatles’ White Album), Mike McInnerney (The Who’s Tommy)
Early Influencers – Saul Bass, Robert M. “Bob” Jones, David Stone Martin, Reid Miles, Alex Steinweiss
Record Labels (those that best promoted the art of the album cover) – Apple Records, Blue Note, Capitol/EMI, Columbia/CBS, Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch, Reprise
Musical Acts with a long-standing commitment to great Album Cover imagery – The Beatles, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Yes, Frank Zappa
Going forward, the Nominating Panel – consisting of experts in the fields of packaging design, illustration, photography and music product marketing – will continue the process each year (beginning in early 2013 to nominate the second class of Inductees representing those whose works were published during the period of 1976 – 1990) by selecting nominees in each of the featured categories for consideration by both that voting body and, ultimately, by registered fans of the ACHOF, and those nominees that receive the most total votes in their respective categories will be inducted.
Once we’ve caught up to present time (in our 4th year), qualified individuals become eligible for induction 10 years after the publication of their first record album, CD, DVD or digital album cover image.