Album Cover Hall of Fame News Update and Link Summary for November, 2021

Album Cover Hall of Fame’s Monthly News Update and Link Summary for November, 2021

Posted November 1, 2021 by Mike Goldstein,

Entering into the second month of the Fall season, on our way to Winter, we know that we can rely on several things that take place on an annual basis to soon be upon us. The first is the launch of the Holiday shopping season, made a bit more interesting this year by the fact that there might be shortages of many popular items given as gifts (clothing, electronics, toilet paper,etc.), so it’ll be a test of our imaginations and research abilities to track down and secure some of the things we want or want to give (although I’m sure that most of our favorite galleries will have plenty of collectibles on hand that should fill the bill). The second (at least here in the U.S.) is the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, which serves as the first of many family feasts and get-togethers. With COVID still looming, it’ll be a challenge to get everyone together safely but, in many areas, things are beginning to look up and, with any luck, many of us will be able to celebrate in-person.

Last but not least-important will be the announcement – just before Thanksgiving – of this year’s class of inductees into the Album Cover Hall of Fame. The lists of qualified candidates this year is an impressive one, so I can’t wait to tally up the votes and share the exciting news with you later this month. We’re cutting down the number of inductees in each category this year so that each inductee’s inclusion is even more special and valuable, so be on the lookout for the special announcement in just a few weeks.

The efforts of the people responsible for packaging your favorite music products continues to impress with their results, so this month’s edition of the ACHOF News Update and Summary includes a number of great examples of album cover artist/art news – the kind of updates you’ve come to expect in these monthly summaries.  Let’s begin our dive into this month’s summary of these articles, posts and announcements I’ve gathered recently regarding all things regarding album cover artists and the art they produce. Their work – and our interest in and excitement about their work – continues unabated:

Exhibitions and Gallery Show Info

a) The Liss Gallery in Toronto, Canada is putting the works of two photographers with a number of significant album cover credits – Markus Klinko and Lynn Goldsmith – on display in back to back shows (Klinko beginning at the end of October and Lynn Goldsmith in mid-November).

First up are the beautiful portraits of the talented Mr. Klinko – Works include memorable shots of David Bowie, Beyonce, the newly-freed Britney Spears, etc.

Markus Klinko is an award-winning, international fashion/celebrity photographer and director, who has worked with many of today’s most iconic stars of film, music, and fashion. In addition to the aforementioned musical subjects, Klinko list of clients includes music celebs such as Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez; stars of the stage and screen Anne Hathaway, Eva Mendes, Will Smith and Kate Winslet, plus Naomi Campbell, Iman and Kim Kardashian, among others.

His shots have graced the pages of publications such as GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, Vanity Fair and Vogue, and he’s produced wonderful images for the campaigns of companies such as Hugo Boss, Lancôme, L’Oréal Paris, Nike, Pepsi, Remy Martin, Skyy Vodka and Anna Sui, while, according to his web site, his campaign for Keep A Child Alive raised over one million dollars for children with AIDS in just 3 days.

A self-taught photographer, Lynn Goldsmith used her new skills and keen eye and applied them to TV, directing ABC’s In Concert series and becoming – the youngest woman director ever to do so – a member of the Director’s Guild of America. After producing a documentary on the band in the early 1970s called We’re An American Band, Lynn’s entrepreneurial spirit and natural skills as a manager led her to become co-manager of Grand Funk Railroad (who she also did the album art for). A couple of years later, she decided to devote her time and energies to photographic pursuits and began to build portfolios of images of many of the time’s best-known rock and roll acts – The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan and Michael Jackson.

In the mid-1970s, she launched her own photo agency – specializing in celebrity portraiture – called LGI, a business she’d run for the next 20 years. Lynn sold LGI to Corbis in 1997 and has since devoted her time to her photographic endeavors, working with a wide range of clients in the entertainment and publishing industries, with a resume that boasts photographs on over 100 albums (Sheik Yerbouti for Frank Zappa; Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Damn The Torpedoes; B-52s – Wild Planet; Ted Nugent – Scream Dream; Talking Heads – The Name of This Band is Talking Heads; Yanni – Steal The Sky and The Collection; Grand Funk Railroad’s Shinin’ On; Hall & Oates – Private Eyes and many others) and editorial images in publications including Elle, Interview, Life, Newsweek, The New Yorker, People, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Time and many others.

b) While perhaps best-known for his psychedelic paintings that helped illustrate the Summer of Love in 1967, the Apollo moon landings in 1969, the Manhattan NY phone book in 1970 – he even did the work for the United States’ first environmentally-themed postage stamp in 1974! – according to the advance press for the new exhibit that opened on October 14th at NYC’s Poster House Museum titled Peter Max: Cosmic Advertising (which runs through March 27, 2022), “his early posters have rarely been explored in depth. Whether advertising a quirky clothing store or inspiring young minds to read, the imagery present in these graphics reveals a designer experimenting with a variety of styles and motifs while also exploring the concepts of space, time, and history through promotional visuals.”

Max also has done a number of fine album cover/package illustrations, including those for jazz and blues artists such as Alice Coltrane, Yellowjackets, Gary Burton Quartet and pianist Meade Lux Lewis (his first, back in 1961); rock acts such as The Band, Donovan and YES; country star Clint Black and a memorable one in 1995 for that year’s Grammy Awards compilation CD (among others). And while he did NOT do the cover for The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine animated adventure film (a long-standing rumor – the actual art was created by designer Heinz Edelmann), the influence this artist has had on graphic design and illustration since launching his career in 1962 cannot be understated, so it’s wonderful to see him and his work on display in this setting. More information on this show (curated by Angelina Lippert) can be found at

c) One of the leading creators of Pop Art imagery since the 1970s, artist Derek Boshier was also a close chum and collaborator with rocker/art aficionado David Bowie, who asked Boshier to art-direct a number of projects – including the cover for Bowie’s Lodger album – during the 40+ years of their friendship. Always interested in pop art trends taking place all over the world, the artist recently completed a number of works inspired by the  K-Pop music phenomenon and those works are now the subject of an exhibition of his newest works – a series called Icarus and K Pop – at the Gazelli Art House gallery currently running, until the 13th of November, 2021.

The Tatler web site introduces the artist and his latest work in the following article –, while you can find out more about the show on the gallery’s web site at                                                                   

d) UPDATE ON ARGYLL SCOTLAND SHOW INFO – Last month I shared some correspondence I’d had with Jules  the collector/curator who’d put together the impressive Art On My Sleeves album art show that was on display in late Summer at the Dunoon Burgh Hall in Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland. Jules put together a treasure trove of information about the show and the art featured in it and, as such, I’m going to be releasing a series of articles that highlight the various subject areas that were on display in the show. A family emergency has delayed the s tart of that work but I promise to have the first of the articles up and ready sometime during the month of November (barring any further emergencies – don’t get old!).

Brief Bits/Ongoing:

a) Design fans can still tour the Pushpin Graphics show now on at NYC’s  Poster House (titled The Push Pin Legacy and running through the 6th of February, 2022) built around the collective output of such great designers/artists as Seymour Chwast, Milton Glaser, Edward Sorel, Reynold Ruffins, Loring Eutemay, Herb Leavitt and dozens of others.  

As promised, the museum has also posted a recording of the panel discussion staged on September 25th – moderated by Phyllis Feder featuring Seymour Chwast, Myrna Davis, Paul Davis, and Jim McMullan, four of the over 100 designers who’ve plied their trade under the Pushpin Studios/Group name – that was titled “Pushing the Envelope: An Evening With Push Pin Legends” –

More on the show is available on the museum’s web site at

b) CONTINUING EXHIBITION – The Pink Floyd touring exhibition “Their Mortal Remains” (originally staged in 2017 at the V&A Museum in the U.K. before moving to Italy, Germany and Spain in 2018-19) finally opened in early September at the Vogue Multicultural Museum on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles and is set to run  now through the 9th of January, 2022.

Tickets and more information on this immersive exhibit, which includes container loads of Pink Floyd’s artifacts, stage sets and items from a number of private collections can be found on the museum’s web site at

You can also read more about the show in two take a little time today and read a preview of the show at  along with an interview with drummer Nick Mason, who was on hand at the show’s LA opening –

Artist News and Interviews

a) Photographer Lynn Goldsmith wins a Lucie Award for her portraiture – at the Lucie Foundation awards ceremony that took place on Oct 26th CBS News Anchor Anthony Mason presents the photographer to the audience in this video –

Previous winners in this category include a number of photographers who’ve achieved fame in the album cover/packaging business, including Annie Leibovitz, Graham Nash, Henry Diltz, Martin Parr and Ellen Von Unwerth.

b) Fellow Wax Poetics community posting buddy (and a talented writer/editor himself who edits The Shadow Knows fanzine) James Gaunt shared a couple of links with me that I wanted to make sure you all knew about. The first was to a recent article on the DJ Shadow Reconstructed site based on an interview with photographer Brian “B+” Cross, the man responsible for a lot of memorable imagery (album covers, music videos, films, etc.) including work for Jurassic 5, The Pharcyde and, as you’d figure, DJ Shadow, among many others. In the interview, you’ll learn about Brian’s journey from Ireland to the San Francisco Bay area to attend Cal Arts, where a professor’s assignment to create a photo essay brought him down to Los Angeles in the late 1980s, where he created enough work that, in the early 1990s, he turned into the critically-acclaimed book It’s Not About a Salary… Rap, Race + Resistance in Los Angeles, a project that set his career into overdrive – read more at

James’ second tip brought me to a series of articles he’s written about the artists/photographers (inc. the aforementioned B+) who contributed to the visuals of the influential Mo’ Wax label during its 11 year (1992 – 2003) run – an indie record label started by James Lavelle in 1992 that is probably best remembered for helping to popularize the uniquely British blend of hip-hop, electronica and bits of just about everything else that’s known as “trip hop music”. Clicking on over to the site – – you’ll find Mr. Gaunt’s series, one he calls The Art of Mo’ Wax, that introduces us to creative types including Ben Drury, Gio Estevez, Stan Green (AKA “8th Wonder”), Robert Del Naja (AKA “3D”) and Yamatsuka Tetsuro (AKA “EYƎ”), with others to come.

So much to learn…but here’s a great start!

c) Famed photographer Neal Preston has launched a comprehensive new website – GOLDMINE Magazine introduces the site in an in-depth article by Ivor Levene called “The Outtake Gallery – Picture Music”. The gallery features his huge portfolio of work along with that of Joel Bernstein, Michael Grecco, Andrew Kent and Ken Regan.

The reason this site is so special and needed is stated clearly on the website – “Some fans want more. They want to know what other photos of their favorite band I might have that they haven’t seen. I get asked this question all the time – and I know other photographers do as well. We created the Outtake Gallery to cater to the true fans of music photography, to uncover various gems hidden for years in file cabinets. Every photographer who is part of the Outtake Gallery has amassed a huge collection of photographs, many of which have never been seen and never offered for sale. As a group we’ve decided the time is right to dig deep and make the fans happy.

d) Music supervisor Raife Burchell of the Dirty Soup agency (London/Los Angeles) shares his list of “10 Great Album Covers” in the most-recent installment of Muse By Clio’s ongoing “Art of the Album” series of artist/designer/fan-driven articles about album cover art.

A musician and music supervisor for top-level clients including Google, IBM, Mercedez-Benz and Nike (among others), Mr. Burchell’s selections span over 50 years of album art and design, highlighting great covers from musical acts including 1960s-70s classics from the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Paul McCartney and Santana through Kate Bush, Radiohead and late-era David Bowie. Not a loser in the bunch!

Brief bits:

a) Writer Steve Fairclough’s latest installment in the series he’s been writing for Amateur Photographer brings us the story behind one of Pink Floyd’s best-known and most-confounding album covers – that being the one found on the band’s classic 1975 album Wish You Were Here. This Hipgnosis-designed and executed cover project was done pre-Photoshop, so the lengths the team went to make this image a memorable one were truly incredible and convinced me to NEVER volunteer to be used on the cover of a Pink Floyd record –

b) Here’s a nice feature on the CR Fashion Book site about Beyonce’s go-to photographer Blair Caldwell, who’s expanded his music-related portfolio of work to include portraits and videos for musicians including Fifth Harmony’s Normani, Ariana Grande, SZA, Chrisette Michelle and others  –

c) Although his career as a singer has been cut short by the onslaught of Alzheimer’s Disease, painter/illustrator Tony Bennet still impresses as he draws new cover of Lady Gaga album – Love for Sale, their second collaborative album – as you’ll see in this video –

d) Famed illustrator Gerald Scarfe shares some stories about his relationship with musician Roger Waters as they collaborated on the visuals for Pink Floyd’s The Wall

Items for Sale and/or at Auction

a) The multi-talented Simon Halfon (who was last covered here after the publication of his 2020 career retrospective book Cover To Cover, which shared many of his well-known photographs and examples of album cover work) has put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) again and authored a book about one of the musical acts he’s most-closely associated with – that being the 1990s supergroup Oasis. Titled Supersonic (the same as Simon’s 2016 documentary film on the band), the new book was built around over 30 hours of interviews with those in the know, including the battling Brothers Gallagher, and covers the group’s creation and rise to the top of the music business, culminating in a series of concerts at the UK’s Knebworth Park in 1996.

This U.K.-based graphic designer’s path into a career in the music business began when he was attending Durham University at the end of the 1970s, where he met Paul Weller and The Jam at a concert. That meeting served to motivate young Simon to seek out a career in the music business, beginning with a gig in 1980 in the art department at Stiff Records before moving on to a job at designer Neville Brody’s London-based style magazine The Face. Simon ultimately went on to use his innate talents to design memorable album cover imagery (working alongside many great artists including Sir Peter Blake and photographer David Bailey) for leading musical acts including Madness, George Michael, The Style Council, The Who and many others.

Orders in the UK can be taken at

For more on Simon and his endeavors, visit his site at

Brief bits (and lots of ‘em):

a) The fantastic team of sculptors at KnuckleBonz have just released news and photos of their newest sculpture in their Rock Iconz series based on the cover for Metallica’s And Justice For All album – Lady Justice never looked so good! –

Pre-order one of the limited-edition figures now for delivery in Spring 2022 –

b) A bit less artistic than the KnuckleBonz item you just read about but no less fun, here’s the news about some new Funko releases based on Metallica and Doors imagery –

c) Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour album has resonated with millions, so fans will be happy to know that the record’s cover art can be recreated with stickers – here’s a kit –

d) UK-based artist Morgan Howell has released a new book on his Super-sized 45RPM record recreations titled Morgan Howell At 45RPM, with the details shared in this recent Art Daily news story  ––single-artworks-revisited-in-new-book-by-artist-Morgan-Howell

I was introduced to Morgan’s work years ago and was always impressed with his keen ability to take an everyday object such as a 7” record and turn it into something beautiful. You can see m any examples of his work on his web site at

e) REMINDER – Kirk Weddle’s Nirvana book and deluxe book set titled Nirvana: Never Mind the Photos (featured in last month’s summary) is now scheduled to ship in mid-November through Austin’s Modern Rocks Gallery –

The book only – signed by Weddle – is available for pre-order ($40) -, while collectors can snap up one of the 100 limited-edition deluxe sets ($750) which include two 8×10” prints, a signed bookplate and a signed/number COA – all signed by Kirk Weddle – with the entire collection presented in a custom-printed slipcase. Pre-order this item at

f) ONGOING – If you’re in London over the next few months, be sure to take a look at the pop-up store for Queen fans that opened up in late September in London… Working with the Bravado licensing company, Queen has just opened up a new shop in London (on Carnaby street, just a few doors down from a similar retail space featuring Rolling Stones merch) they’re calling Queen The Greatest that will give fans access to a wide arrange of Queen-branded merchandise.

Open from now through the upcoming holiday shopping season, each month the store will present merchandise according to various themes, with November’s theme of Art & Design will include a variety of specially-made items, including clothing and collectible (and, get ready, a Queen pinball machine!). December’s shoppers will see the shop explore the theme of “Magic”, adding Christmas items as well (cards, wrapping paper, etc.). All the while, visitors will be treated to video reels of Queen performances and other special opportunities to interact with the content they’ll see and hear there.  Additional info can also be found on this article published by Forbes Magazine – and on the Louder Sound site at

Make a big noise, play in the street and kick your can down to see this fascinating new establishment while you can.

g) While the London pop-up for The Stones might have beat them to the punch, the people behind a new pop-up store in NYC have responded with a lot of panache with the emporium that opened on October 25th to celebrate David Bowie’s 75th birthday (which will be up and running thru late January 2022). Variety’s Jem Aswad toured the store – which includes a mini-museum of Bowie memorabilia, music, performance videos and even a photo booth shaped like the famous phone booth found on the cover art for Bowie’s 1972 Ziggy Stardust LP – and shares text and pix in this article –

h) The album art for Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah’s debut album Ironman is now featured on the packaging for some limited-edition snack foods – for real? Yup –    

i) Some of artist Stanley Donwood’s original artwork done for Radiohead went up for auction at Christie’s on the 19th of October as part of their “Post War and Contemporary Art” sale  – – and the prices realized in the sale were truly impressive! The six works available each had a pre-show estimate of GBP 10,000 – GBP 15,000, but collectors eager to own a piece of Radiohead history took them up to gavel prices ranging from GBP 50,000 to 137,500!

Also, I wanted to share a link I found to an interview with Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood in which they discuss the artworks –

j) ONGOING THRU THE HOLIDAYS – I would also like to let you know that some of the unsold items from my old RockPoP collection that were in the June and mid-August auctions staged by Jacques and his team at Backstage Auctions are now available for sale (at wallet-friendly fixed prices) in the Backstage Auctions online store – with most items found in the “Fine Art Prints & Lithographs” and “Photos – Limited-Edition Prints” sections. If you think that there might be something nice there to add to your collection, I do hope you’ll go take a look and, if so motivated, provide a new home for one of the prints I was proud to call my own.

Special Award Show updates:

Award Show Update) If you’re an album art maker, now’s the time for you to submit your latest work to the folks who run the annual Making Vinyl Awards competition. They’re accepting submissions in the 15 categories – covering vinyl, CD, box sets, special/limited-edition packages, etc. – through November 19th, and if last year’s entries were any indication of the ongoing excellence being shown in the area, I’m eager – both as a judge and a consumer – to see what this year’s entries have in store for us!

Get all of the facts and links to submit on the Making Vinyl web site’s FAQ page –

Miscellaneous Items and other Brief Bits

As always, I’m going to have to keep these short-and-sweet (well, most of them, anyway):

OBITS) Robert Altman, counter-culture photographer and regular contributor to Rolling Stone mag, dies at 76 –

a) Was the rivalry between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones something real or a construct by fans and the press? Writing for Variety, Chris Willman gives us the details that show how the two British rock bands worked either/both in harmony and/or against each other in pursuit of being able to brag who “the best band” was. One example of sharing that was noted was their use of photographer Michael Cooper, who shot the psychedelic covers for both The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s LP (which included a doll with the words “Welcome the Rolling Stones” on it) and for The Stones’ Their Satanic Majesties Request, which included flowery versions of the faces of The Fab Four. The remaining members of the two groups have been pecking at each other for over 50 years now – whose side are YOU on (I’m not telling!) –

b) Many rock art fans are aware of the scientific origins of one of rock music’s most-seen images – designer Peter Saville’s curvy cover for Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures – so it only makes sense when a newly-adapted version of this design is being used to raise funds for – and awareness of  – campaigns looking to change the direction of our world’s not-quite-enough efforts to fight climate change –

c) Album covers done in Legos – Beginning with a recreation  of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, in just 25 weeks artist Lotia has amassed a collection of over 100 LEGO album art recreations, which span the sonic spectrum from the Notorious B.I.G. to Tom Petty and everything in between.

d) Dave Grohl thinks that there are a lot of things that might be done to repackage Nevermind (30th anniversary) in light of the lawsuit with the kid –  plus more on

On the same topic, The Guardian’s Daniel Dylan Wray asked five top creative execs about what they’d do if given the opportunity to redesign the cover for Nevermind, and their answers leaving you hoping that they’ll each take a crack at it –

Brief bits:

a) If you’re willing to register for access to the UK’s Independent newspaper’s web site, you can read their article on “the 30 Greatest Album Covers of All Time”. I wasn’t as I usually find summaries like these are a waste of time but, if any of you find something of interest there and would like to report back about what you discovered, please feel free to share!

b) Unpacking Taschen’s Art Record Cover collection (avail in book form) –

c) IP LAW special update – Goldsmith vs. Warhol and other similar cases of when artists appropriate the work of others without their consent continue to cause ripples in the art world –

That’s all for now – stay tuned and be on the lookout for timely news alerts on our news feeds (sign up below to get an automatic email every time there’s something new on the ACHOF site). I’ll be returning right around the first of next month with another news summary for you. Until then, Peace and Love and Good Health to you all.

Unless otherwise noted, all text and images included in this article are Copyright 2021 Mike Goldstein and – All Rights Reserved. All of the trade names mentioned in these summaries are the properties of their respective owners and are used for reference only.

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