Album Cover Hall of Fame News Update and Link Summary for April, 2022 News Logo

Posted April 1, 2022 by Mike Goldstein,

It’s been a busy month of March here in the sprawling ACHOF editorial offices, with your editorial team (me, myself and Mike G.) working hard to deliver the best and most up-to-date info and research/writing available on the subject of album cover artists and their work. I’m happy to report that Part 2 of the 2-part series on box sets/limited-edition packages has been posted – – and so now you can spend even more time boning up on the latest information, presented along with the opinions and experiences expressed by some of the best-equipped people in the business to offer these priceless items.

Just like last month’s summary (and those that came before it), this month’s posting offers readers a heaping helping of articles on some of the most-interesting work being offered by some of your favorite musical acts/labels at present. In an experience not-too-different than those you’ve experiences previously, you’ll read about new and ongoing exhibitions, news about the ongoing efforts and output of some of your favorite image-makers, new items available for sale (including several new books) or at auction and scores of other items on our favorite topics. You’ll also find links to the work of some of the writers who continue to produce articles that share the back-stories of some of your favorite album covers and many other interesting examples of what’s being done by artists all over the world. In addition, you’ll find news about some of the recently announced winners in the album art categories at the Making Vinyl Packaging Awards, with news about the postponed-until-April 3rd Grammy Awards to follow soon.

So, with Spring recently Sprung and parts of the world opening up a bit to being explored again (at least the parts not at war or experiencing new pandemic-related shutdowns) and the work output of the talented people who make our favorite album covers continuing unabated, I’m eager to point you once more to this month’s album cover art/artists summary of the articles, posts and announcements. With March Madness soon over and daffodils punching through the soil to spread their colorful smiley-faced joy for us all to appreciate, we should all slow down and take a few moments to review the ongoing exploits of our favorite album art-makers. Trust me, you’ll like what you find and, if you do, I do hope you’ll remember to share this with your friends and family. Let us begin our journey together:

Exhibitions and Gallery Show Info:

a) – Album art fan-favorite London-area publisher/gallery Hypergallery is staging two “pop-up” gallery events during the month of April at the Show Off Gallery, 13 Harbour Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AQ, with the first show running from April 9th (with an opening night event on April 8th beginning at 6PM local time) thru the 14th.

“Golden Years – The Art of the Album Cover” is an exhibition of “signed, limited edition prints by music‘s most extraordinary visual artists… EXQUISITE and AFFORDABLE works by a collection of talented artists who have worked with some of the most iconic musicians from the 20th Century. Celebrating the Golden Years of rock music through the album cover art that put a face on it”.

Included in the show are works by Alan Aldridge, Karl Ferris, Barry Godber, the Hipgnosis design studio, Vincent McEvoy and Terry Pastor, featuring musical acts such as The Beatles, David Bowie, Donovan, Jimi Hendrix, The Hollies, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones and The Who. The exhibition presented by Vincent McEvoy (Little Shop Of Rock) and Hypergallery Ltd.

The second show – titled “James Marsh: Flights of Fancy” – presents the artist’s nature-inspired illustrations, with many seen on his album cover art for Talk Talk (Spirit of Eden, Laughing Stock and After The Flood, among others). Following an opening event beginning at 6PM the evening of April 16th, the show runs through the 20th of April, again in Whitstable’s Show Off gallery (curated by Emily Clement). On display will be signed, limited-edition silkscreen and archival inkjet prints of Marsh‘s renowned album and singles covers, published in large scale format as exquisite limited edition prints.

Marsh co-authored the 2012 publication Spirit of Talk Talk, and copies of the book will be available at the exhibition. The opening night event offers collectors and fans with the opportunity to have a book signed and dedicated by the artist.

More information can be found at and at

I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Marsh back in 2012 about his book and work, so if you’d like to prime the pump prior to attending the event, I’d invite you to click on over to to learn  more about this fascinating artist.

PLEASE NOTE – Please read the item in the “Items for Sale” section about how this same team (Hypergallery and James Marsh) have also combined their talents to create a wonderful work of art that will be sold either as/both as NTFs or fine art prints to raise money in support of humanitarian relief in war-torn Ukraine.

Ongoing Exhibitions:

b) Florida International University’s Frost Art Museum hosts a big show of Bob Dylan artwork – that’s up on display now thru April 17, 2022 called “Retrospectrum: Bob Dylan”. Album cover fans have long been aware of the songwriter’s visual arts skills first seen on his 1970 album Self Portrait, but his paintings and sculptures have come a long way in their substance and style since then, as evidenced in the 84-page downloadable gallery guide PDF (in English and Spanish) –

Per the guide – “In 1973, Dylan published Writings and Drawings, a book of his lyrics from 1961 to 1972, some of which were accompanied by original drawings. Those original drawings are exhibited here for the first time in the USA. Writings and Drawings marked the first time Dylan illustrated his songs, which he would do again in 2018 with his Mondo Scripto series, a collection of his most iconic lyrics, each handwritten and accompanied by an original drawing. Artworks from Mondo Scripto can be seen throughout the Retrospectrum exhibition, highlighting the relationship between Dylan’s songwriting and his visual art…Also included in the show is Dylan’s 2018 revisit to the cue cards featured in the famous video for ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues.’ The clip was originally used as the opening of Dont Look Back, D. A. Pennebaker’s documentary of Dylan’s 1965 concert tour of England. Shot in an alley behind the Savoy Hotel in London, the music video features poet Allen Ginsberg and musician Bob Neuwirth chatting in the background while Dylan flips through the cards in time to the music.”

More on the show can be found on the museum’s site at   

Album art fans will be pleased to see that the front cover image used on the show catalog was done by the late photographer Ken Regan, whose photos of Dylan were used on the covers of several of his albums, including 1976’s Desire, 1985’s Biograph and a number of his “greatest hits” and other compilations, such as The Essential Bob Dylan (2000) and The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975. 

c) – Now on display (through the 24th of April) in the Museo de la Ciudad in Fuengirola, Spain (on the beautiful Costa del Sol) is an album cover art exhibition that puts 350+ different sleeves on display. According to the local press info, the “Arte en el vinilo (Vinyl Art) exhibition comprises a beautiful collection of record covers created by world-renowned artists including Miró, Picasso, Dalí, Warhol, Haring, Ceesepe, Mariscal, Guerrero, Úrculo and more. Featuring the work of creators representing different disciplines (painters, illustrators, photographers, designers, etc.), the display will take you on an exploration of the eclecticisms of 20th century culture.” The exhibition was curated by photographer Antonio Lafuente del Pozo, and I learned about its existence via this article by writer Tony Bryant on the Malaga-based SUR in English site –

d) ACHOF inductee and all-around talented artist Larry Vigon’s Serious Play gallery show at the Silo 118 Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA continues now through April 30th. There’s a great selection of his fine art prints and painting on display and for sale, and here’s a link to the gallery site, where you’ll also find a link to a recent 2-part interview/podcast with Larry in which he discusses his new book, with each part dedicated to the subject material found in one of the two books (Commercial and Personal works)

Art show opening made the cover of the Montecito Journal with a full-page article by editor Zach Rosen about the show inside (pages 35-39) –

In case you missed it, last month I posted an article that was a bit of a first for me – an overview of the two-book set I recently added to my album cover art/artist collection called Serious Play by Larry Vigon. As readers of this newsletter know, I tend to stay away from expressing my own opinions about how “good” or “bad” art but, in this case, I felt compelled to share some of my feelings about how Larry’s career as both a commercial and fine artist are put on display in this set so that it might inspire a) you to consider adding this book to your own collections and b) you to consider what it takes from both a creative and relationship-management perspective to be able to build a career in this competitive business. I’m leaving the comments open on this article for a while, so I do hope you’ll read it and share your own feelings about the subject with the rest of us, too –

e) Continuing now through June 12th at The Photographer’s Gallery in London (nearest Tube stop – Oxford Station) is the show For the RecordPhotography & The Art of The Album Cover, which is curated and presented in collaboration with collector and exhibition originator, Antoine de Beaupré, whose collection of 15,000+ albums form the basis of the display. 

The show’s site provides us with this introduction – “For the Record brings together over 200 album covers, highlighting the central role photography plays in defining artists and bands, and showcasing some of the most iconic album covers of our times. While many of the ‘artistes on the covers will be instantly recognizable, the exhibition illuminates the often overlooked and multifaceted contributions of photographers and other visual artists to the identity of the ‘stars’ and the labels themselves.

Featuring work from such photographic and artistic luminaries as Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, David Bailey, David LaChapelle, Ed Ruscha, Elliott Erwitt, Guy Bourdin, Helen Levitt, Irving Penn, Jeff Wall, Joseph Beuys, Juergen Teller, Lee Friedlander, Nan Goldin, Richard Avedon, William Eggleston and more, many of whom had their careers launched through their cover images, the exhibition also looks at the contribution of a range of equally visionary, though perhaps lesser-known artists, photographers, graphic designers and creatives.”

Here’s a link to an Intro article about the show that I found on the Digital Camera World site –

f) Famed photographer Marcia Resnick’s show continues on display at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine now thru June 5, 2022 in the Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery and the Halford Gallery, travelling later to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and to the George Eastman Museum, in Rochester, NY. The show’s called “Marcia Resnick: As It Is or Could Be” and focuses on her portfolio of portrait photography. As described by the museum’s pre-show press, “Marcia Resnick was one of the most ambitious and innovative American photographers of the 1970s. Combining social critique with poignant, often humorous performance, her photographs explore—in a conceptual vernacular—aesthetic, social, and political issues at once timely and timeless. A part of the now-mythic creative community in Downtown New York, she created work that challenged traditional ideas about what a photograph could be. This exhibition brings together for the first time her extraordinary photographs from this period.”

Album art fans will know Marcia’s work well, as it is found on the covers and in record packages for many trend-setting musical acts, including the Talking Heads, The Psychedelic Furs, Bad Brains, Laurie Anderson, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Suicide, Iggy Pop and many others.  

Event info can be found at

g) On view now through the 26th of June at the Downtown Campus of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, FL is an intriguing display of photos and poetry of the famed creative couple of Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, set among the greenery of some specially-produced horticultural displays. The show is titled Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and Light and, according to the venue’s press, provides visitors with “an immersive, multisensory experience, that features several of Mapplethorpe’s exquisite photographs of flowers, Smith’s haunting lyrics and poetry about flowers and nature, and stunning new horticultural vignettes in our Tropical Conservatory and Gardens that reflect their intertwined work through living art.” The duo made several serious contributions to the world of album cover art over the years, with Mapplethorpe’s photos featured on the covers of Smith’s Horses, Wave and The Patti Smith Masters: The Collective Works; Laurie Anderson’s Strange Angels; Paul Simon’s Negotiations and Love Songs 1971-1986; Television’s Marquee Moon; Peter Gabriel’s Shaking The Tree and others for musical acts including The Swans, Scissor Sisters, the Philip Glass Ensemble and the Kronos Quartet, among others.

Writing for the site, Spencer Fordin shares his overview of the show at

COMING LATER THIS SUMMER) – Recently-deceased designer Virgil Abloh’s career will be given the star treatment later this year with a show at the Brooklyn Museum. ArtNet News site contributor Caroline Goldstein (no relation) provides us with a bit of an intro in this recent article – where she describes the show thusly – “This summer, the Brooklyn Museum will stage a version of the first institutional survey dedicated to the late fashion designer and creative visionary Virgil Abloh. The show, titled “Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech,” will build on an earlier exhibition of the same name that originated at the MCA Chicago in 2019, and then traveled to ICA Boston, the High Museum in Atlanta, and Qatar Museums”. As I wrote soon after Abloh’s untimely passing last December from cancer at the age of 41, Abloh was a major name in the fashion industry who was famous in hip-hop circles for his “Off-White” brand of clothing and accessories and had previously served in the position of Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton’s Men’s collections.

He met and befriended rapper Kanye West in the early 2000s after having worked at the Fendi fashion house and then launched his own space – the RSVP Gallery in his hometown of Chicago – while also taking on the role of Creative Director for Kanye’s DONDA design agency. His thorough understanding of his audience and his unique fashion sense found him applying his talents to a number of memorable album covers, too, a retrospective of that work being found on the XXL Magazine site at  

UPCOMING EXHIBITION) – One of the better-known photographers working with clients in the music business is Nick Knight, the U.K.-based shooter whose album credits include shots for the Rolling Stones, Squeeze, David Bowie, Gwen Stefani and Lady Gaga (among many others) has been selected to receive one of the country’s top honors, that being the prestigious “Photo London Master of Photography Award”, presented every year “to a living artist who has made an exceptional contribution to photography”. The ceremony will be held this coming May, along with an exhibition of his work at London’s Somerset House studio space during Photo London’s run from the 12th to the 15th of that month.

In addition to his music-industry work, Knight has worked on both commercial and editorial projects for clients including Audi, British Vogue, Dazed & Confused, Christian Dior, Tom Ford, i-D Magazine, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, Mercedes Benz, Paris Vogue, Royal Opera House, Yves Saint Lauren, Jil Sander, Levi Strauss, Swarovski, Louis Vuitton and W Magazine, just to name a few. 

More about this upcoming show and award can be found in this article on the ArtDaily site ––Nick-Knight-announced-as-this-year-s-Master-of-Photography#.Yh0AX-jMI7M

Artist News and Interviews:

a) There’s a well-documented fact that many musicians enjoy other forms of artistic expression, with fine art, photography and serious art collecting just some of the ways they choose to explore their creative impulses. Incubus singer/songwriter Brandon Boyd (who describes himself as “a songwriter, painter and art enthusiast”) has long been finding his “happy place” in painting and, recently, he teamed up with several other artists to launch an art collective called Moonlight Arts, releasing their first collaboration – Volume 1 – this past March 10th. Volume 1 is a (according to their advance PR) “new collaborative work from Brandon Boyd, Sarah Hay and Brian Bowen Smith. Upcoming releases also include Filipina multi-hyphenate Heart Evangelista and Saturday Night Live cast member Melissa Villaseñor. A continually evolving community of like minded artists,  Moonlight Arts Collective focuses on artists who ‘moonlight’ to create artwork in all forms. This includes musicians who paint, actors who make sculptures, athletes that create photography and everything in between. Moonlight is an expedition in collaboration, showcasing specially curated original artwork exhibitions, unique fine art editions, events, artist talks, interviews, thoughtfully executed community-driven NFTs and digital editions, custom home goods, charity fundraisers and much more, all brought together by a diverse group of ‘moonlighters.

Co-founder Brandon Boyd started the collective in a concerted effort to “find the others” as part of his lifelong search to meet other multidisciplinary artists and find solace in his own art practice, regardless of the form it takes“. The release goes on to point out that the collective’s first limited edition print release features the artwork of Brandon Boyd, photography of Brian Bowen Smith and ballet poses from Sarah Hay. The series, Tiny Dancer, includes a set of four different images capturing Hay in motion by Brian Bowen Smith, with gestural painting on top in Boyd’s signature style”. Limited-editon, signed prints in the series start at $250.00.

Learn more about this interesting new place to see works produced by some of the world’s best-known creative artists by visiting their site at

There’s a video intro featuring Mr. Boyd that can be viewed at

b) The rock/pop music industry has long been a place where artists have used their platform to express their views on a variety of topics – war, inequality, racial justice, etc. – an, in an industry where there are creative people from all aspects of the business, you’ll often see examples where album cover/gig poster artists/photographers have pitched in in support of the causes that they’ve taken to heart (Jamie Reid’s God Save The Queen and Shepard Fairey’s HOPE images come to mind).

Here in the US, with supporters of the long-delayed Equal Rights Amendment looking to build support to push it across the finish line, San Francisco-based artist Chuck Sperry (whose album art credits include covers for musical acts including Madness, Jello Biafra and others) – working with the group Artists 4 ERA – recently (in early March) released a series of beautiful new limited-edition prints titled Equal Rights, Flower of Democracy 2022 and sold these out almost immediately. On March 19th , Sperry and a whole host of artists staged (including the aforementioned Mr. Fairey) an event at the Oakstop Gallery in Oakland, CA that was the first of several exhibitions/sales of prints in which the proceeds will (according to the site) “will financially support VoteEquality’s work to ensure gender equality is part of our Constitution through online and live releases of limited edition, signed ERA art prints”.

Learn more about this group and find out when other releases will be made available via the link –   

Take a tour thru Mr. Sperry’s portfolio on his website at

c) A profile of the artist who created the cover illustrations for OutKast’s mega-hit Aquemini album – Greg Hawkins – is featured in an item on his hometown Columbus, OH’s local news site –

Where’d he get the inspiration for this work? The music, of course, that was shared with him by the outfit’s Andre 3000 –

d) The host of Hot 97’s “Ebro In The Morning” show interviews noted hip-hop photographer Ernie Paniccioli “to share some stories on how the beginning of his career, seeing the beginning and growth with hip hop, funny rare Notorious B.I.G. stories, Queen Latifah, Rakim & more”!

Paniccioli, a Cree Native American who grew up in Brooklyn, NY, got his start in photography working the streets of his neighborhood, capturing images of the graffiti culture that reigned in the 1970s. His images got him a lot of attention, particularly from the artists in the emerging hip-hop/rap music scenes there and he was asked by a number of the soon-to-be-stars of the time – Queen Latifah, Public Enemy, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z and many others – to provide them with shots for their album packages and promotions. Ernie’s donation of his archive to Cornell University served as one of the cornerstones of that institution’s Hip-Hop collection.

e) The worlds of comic book/graphic novel design and music industry design often intersect as there are many in the music world who are fans of comic book art and writing (and vice versa). One of the people who’ve served clients and fans in both arenas is a guy by the name of David Gibbons who, in addition to penning/designing popular comic series including Watchmen, Superman and others (working with luminaries including Frank Miller and Alan Moore, among others), has also produced memorable album art and design for musical acts including Jethro Tull, The Madness, Kula Shaker and Kill It Kid. David’s 40+ career has produced enough hits to fill a book and, as if by magic, a book will soon be released by Dark Horse Publishing that provides that retrospective. It’s titled Confabulation: An Anecdotal Autobiography and, according to this article on the site – – it is “packed with over 300 iconic, rarely seen, and unpublished art pieces and photographs…and not only entertains, but peels back the layers of a fascinating career in comics.

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f) Nice article about a recent lunch meeting with famed illustrator Drew Stuzan on Adam McDaniels’ site –

g) – Artists of every stripe draw their inspiration from famous album covers, as is evidenced in this recent Creative Boom article on the “Outsider Art” versions of a number of well-known cover images created by Bolton, Lancashire artist Darren Riley –

h)  The Muse By Clio editorial team enlisted Maurice Bernstein of Giant Step to give us the details of his eight most-admired album covers –

Maurice Bernstein is the co-founder and CEO of the award-winning, Brooklyn, NY-based music company Giant Step. “Giant Step is an award-winning marketing and strategy agency that creates concepts and experiences around music and culture for brands such as Samsung, Absolut, Levi’s, Intel, and Marriott. We began as an underground club and became a legendary record label. Then, we marketed the careers of artists like Daft Punk, Massive Attack, Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, and Janelle Monáe.”

More on this month’s author at   

Items for Sale and/or at Auction:

a) Artists have often-times used their talents to raise both awareness of – and funds in support of – humanitarian efforts during times of strife, so it is with great pleasure that I’m able to announce that a collaboration between artist James Marsh, art publisher/gallery Hypergallery and the MusicArt NFT agency has produced a work titled Peace Piece that is now being offered to collectors, with all proceeds donated to the UNHCR Refugee Relief agency and their efforts targeted at helping those from Ukraine find their way to safety.

Peace Piece by James Marsh

According to the gallery’s promo info – “In response to the current situation in Ukraine, James Marsh was inspired to create this beautiful ‘Peace Piece’ incorporating the colours of the Ukrainian flag. The Peace Piece will be released as an edition of 100 NFTs in partnership with MusicArt NFT platform. Purchasers of these first edition NFTs can choose to exchange their NFT for a signed limited edition print if they would prefer to own a physical representation of the image”.

I’m assuming that these items will sell out quickly, so I’d simply suggest that you click on over to to reserve one now. NFT fans can spend their digital gelt on a digital copy at

Nice work, James (and Emily and all of the other fine people working to make this happen).

b) Glad to see some new faces (and designs and photos) being added to the world of collectible album cover art prints. A new Jethro Tull-based album art series is coming to market via the U.K.’s Flood Gallery, with the details as follows (from their release)  – JETHRO TULL: THE ART COLLECTION – Limited Giclée Prints & Deluxe Box Set – Jethro Tull & The Flood Gallery are excited to announce the launch of with an exclusive series of giclée fine art prints featuring 14 iconic Tull album covers, plus 2 exclusive bonus prints, to be released periodically across 2022 and 2023.

First to be released is the ground-breaking and iconic Aqualung album cover from 1971. In addition to being offered in two large format sizes, 24” square (signed edition of 300, priced at £120) and 28” square (signed edition of 150 priced at £175), there is also a limited-edition (500) of unsigned (but still stamped) 24” giclee prints being offered at £50 (all plus shipping). The prints are gallery quality giclées printed on 100% cotton rag archival paper stock and will all come numbered and signed by Ian Anderson and embossed with a Jethro Tull stamp. The first 14 studio album cover art prints can also be purchased together in a Super Deluxe custom hand-made box set (£1800) with gold foil embossing, which includes the following: 14 Iconic Album Covers as 24″ x 24″ giclée fine art prints; two bonus prints – a 24″ x 24″ Living In The Past screen print on gold foil and an 18″ x 24″ Panoramic Stormwatch “Polar Bear” giclée art print – both which are exclusive to the set; a 20-page Booklet detailing all artwork, with an introduction and notes on each album penned by Tull’s Ian Anderson. The prints are giclées printed on archival, Hahnemühle 100% cotton fine art paper stock, with all prints signed by Ian Anderson and stamped with Official Jethro Tull Collector’s Edition embossing. In a numbered edition of only 75 sets, each with matching edition numbers throughout the set.

The Aqualung print and the Super Deluxe box set are available for pre-order from today and will be shipping from June. This will be followed in the Autumn by another 4 releases – Thick as a Brick which this year is celebrating the 50th anniversary of it’s UK release and also the first three albums, This Was, Stand Up and Benefit.

The editorial team at LouderSound also shared a summary of the details in this article –

c) AUCTION UPDATE – Last month, I reported on the good and bad news surrounding an auction of artwork that fans of the rock band Queen would have found quite interesting. In an auction that took place in early March, the original cover artwork created by designer David Costa (based on sketches by Freddie Mercury) for the band’s A Day At The Races album blew past its pre-sale estimate of £5000-10,000 to bring its owner and the Gardiner Houlgate auction house an impressive £26,544 (inclusive of fees), selling to an unnamed overseas collector (any of you?). You might recall that there was supposed to have been a second work of art – that being Mr. Costa’s artwork for another popular Queen album (A Night At The Opera) but, almost unbelievably, that item was misplaced and is presumed “binned in error”.

Glad to see that this seminal work has found a happy new home.

d) Record Store Day 2022 – the annual (well, semi-annual) special-release day coveted by collectors of limited-edition vinyl (and CDs and related things) looks to be another great opportunity to find retail records that, in many cases, are served up with unique artwork and bonus goodies. One example noted in this article on the topic found on the Far Out site is the special release of The Cure’s 1982 studio album Pornography, a picture disc that will feature the original album cover photo of the original lineup of lead singer and guitarist Robert Smith, drummer Lol Tolhurst and bassist Simon Gallup.

The article also gives us the details of new releases by David Bowie (always a RSD favorite), Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blondie, Blur and several others. It would make a lot of sense for you to click on over to the official RSD page in advance of the April 23rd kick-off to take a look at the sum total of everything that will be on store shelves that day –  

e) Frank Kelly Freas’ unforgettable robot figure from Queens News of the World is now a limited-edition sculpture –

The latest in KnuckleBonz’s 3D Vinyl® series (which, according to the company, “captures the great album art of the last several decades and brings that to you in a statue collector series”) is really a knockout. As the company continues, “the Queen Robot News of the World 3D Vinyl® Statue is officially licensed and released in a limited edition of only 1977.  This unique 3D Vinyl™ statue is hand-painted, numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity printed on the back of the collectible. Created to capture some of the most iconic images in album art, the Queen Robot News of the World 3D Vinyl™ Hand-cast resin statue is 10.5″ (height) x 10″ (width) x 10″ (depth) and weighs approx.. 7.5lbs.”.

Pre-orders now being accepted at

A little backgrounder – Best-known for the hit tunes “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions” (and the fine “Spread Your Wings”), News of the World was the 6th studio record released by Queen, hitting the shelves in 1977 and achieving multi-platinum status in both the U.S. and the U.K.

Queen’s drummer Roger Taylor is credited for the idea behind the design for the record’s cover, an adaptation of an original work of art done by one of the masters of science-fiction illustration, the late artist Frank Kelly Freas (1922 – 2005). Freas had done an illustration titled “Please..Fix It, Daddy” for the cover of the October 1953 issue of Astounding Science Fiction magazine (to accompany Tom Godwin’s story called “The Gulf Between”) which portrayed a giant robot holding the body of a man that the robot had just accidentally squished (and then looked to his “father” for help). The band had seen the image years later and commissioned Freas to modify the original painting for use on their new record’s packaging. Freas replaced the single squished figure with renditions of the band’s four members (all having been killed), with bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor shown falling from the robot’s hand.

For over 50 years, NY-born artist/illustrator Frank Kelly Freas (pronounced “freeze”) produced a wealth of highly-regarded works for clients in the advertising, book and magazine publishing worlds. He was best-known for both his illustrations in the Science Fiction/Fantasy genre and for his many covers featuring Alfred E. Neuman for MAD Magazine. Freas also produced many comic book covers, medical illustrations, and religious portraits and also produced the designs for the insignia and promotional materials for NASA’s Skylab I project, which now hang in the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

f) Photographer Jim Marshall’s fame as a rock and roll image-maker was well-earned, with the late shooter responsible for a huge number of memorable images found in books, magazines and other publications, along with an impressive portfolio of album cover shots. Collectors are now being given – via the wonders of the collaborations between artists’ estates and NFT-makers and marketers – a great chance to purchase packages of unique products that bundle the digital with the physical and, in this particular case, a chance to own one of the best-known “bootleg” covers around – that being for “the illegal, infamous triple vinyl bootleg album cover – The Grateful Dead Farewell To Winterland.

The official press release can be seen at

g) Another fine example of two creative artists finding each other and building their lives together can be seen in the story of film-maker/photographer Alfreda Benge and her hubby, drummer/songwriter Robert Wyatt. After suffering a tragic accident back in the early 1970s that ended his career as a drummer, Wyatt focused his energies on writing songs for his solo efforts while Alfreda created beautiful artwork that’d be featured on the packaging. The UK’s Hypergallery has recently published some new prints of these cover images –

h) Guido Harari offering a unique opportunity to own a limited edition print of the album cover photo he took for David Crosby’s 1989 album Thousand Roads, signed by both the photographer and Mr. Crosby. Part of his Classic Edition series, this photo holds a special place in Harari’s heart, as he explains how it came about – “In 1989, Crosby was clean and on the go with his second solo album, Oh Yes I Can. I always had been attracted by his face and this was my chance in a lifetime to capture his newfound serenity. He and Graham Nash, a true expert in photography, fell in love with this image and a few years later it appeared on Crosby’s Thousand Roads album cover. Twenty-five years later Crosby agreed to co-sign a very limited edition of 15 fine art prints, which makes this image even more special to me.”

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i) 25 examples of fantasy/comic artist Rodney Matthews’ album cover artwork are now featured in a coloring book –

There’s also an artist-signed version of the book you can get for just a couple of GBP more –

j) TX-based Modern Rocks gallery recently added famed shooter Lynn Goldsmith to its roster of rock photographers with significant portfolios of album cover image credits. Their Lynn Goldsmith Collection can be found at

k) New York’s Great South Bay Brewery proves that one cool Australian product can inspire another by releasing a new pale lager in cans which sport the simple-but-memorable graphics found on AC/DC’s For Those About To Rock album –

Released as part of the KnuckleBonz Limited Edition Beverage Series – in collaboration with Great South Bay Brewery, this beverage (according to their site) is “is cold fermented for the cool, crisp, refreshing flavor you’d expect from a sessionable Australian lager. By combining traditional Australian brewing methods with native Aussie hops and cane sugar, the brewers have developed a highly drinkable beer that is true to its heritage, with a clean citrusy hop profile, a subtle malty sweetness, and a bright straw color”.

l) Just a reminder – there’s some early info on the upcoming (May 20-22 at the Hard Rock Café in NYC) Julien’s auction featuring an item well-known by (in the dreams of young men from the 1980s, at least) fans of classic album cover art – that being a t-shirt that adorned the voluptuous curves of a local model whose image was used on the somewhat-banned Slippery When Wet album cover image for rockers Bon Jovi – is available for your review on the Julien’s web site – The auction includes over 1000 collectible items, with another lot including something that made a fashion statement in its own right – the dress worn by Madonna during the making of her “Material Girl” music video (interestingly, the dress was a rental, having been made originally for a 1980 television movie (Norma Jean) about another “blond bombshell”, Marilyn Monroe.

Special Award Show updates:

a) originally posted 3/15/22 – For those of you who might have missed my mid-March Breaking News story, the winners of the Making Vinyl Packaging Awards were announced. After a several-month-long organizing, reviewing and voting process, the folks behind the Making Vinyl Packaging Awards have just announced the winners of the most-recent competition and, as both a participant in the process and as a fan of great work in the field of record packaging, I have to say that this year’s list (in the 15 categories represented) is an impressive and inspirational one. What’s all the more enjoyable to see is that musical acts and record labels both large and small have been included in the ”Best X” selections and that art producers both famed and up-and-coming will have their works admired by fans all over the world.

I’m going to highlight just a few of the winners here and then invite you all to click on over to a page on the Making Vinyl Packaging Awards site where you’ll find the complete list and all of the details on the winning designs –

Winning the coveted “Best of Show” award was the team at Key Production for their amazing, mixed-media limited-edition package that gave fans of Muse’s Simulation Theory album a truly comprehensive live tour package, presenting pink/blue marbled vinyl LPs, an HD 5.1 DTS Master Audio Blu-ray of the film, a fluorescent pink audio cassette of the film’s score, posters, a comic book and more in a beautifully-printed and laminated box.

Hearty congratulations are due to a team of talented individuals at iam8bit for their work on Robin Beanland’s 3LP vinyl soundtrack set for Sea Of Thieves (with album art by Haley “bbanditt” Wakefield), the winner in the “Best Record Art” category. In addition to the tropical colors featured on the vinyl records (with pop-up center labels – how cool is that?), the records are packaged inside a 24-page, wonderfully-illustrated story book, with art by Vivian Shih.

Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is the 2021 studio album by British rapper Little Simz (released by Age 101 Music and AWAL), and Jeremy Ngatho Cole’s Creative Direction and Design, combined with the stunning photographs by Nwaka Okparaeke, so impressed the judges that it won in the “Best Vinyl Album LP Cover – Photograph” category.

There’s info on both the winners and the runner-ups in the dozen other categories featured in this year’s battle for package design supremacy, so please be sure to visit the Making Vinyl site at to see them all. Nothing to beware of on this Ides of March (other than perhaps to having your minds blown by the range and quality of the talent on display there!).

b) – The 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards® have been rescheduled and will now broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3 (8-11:30 p.m., live ET/5-8:30 p.m., live PT) on the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Trevor Noah, Comedy Central’s Emmy® Award-winning “The Daily Show” host and comedian, will return as master of ceremonies for Music’s Biggest Night®. Additional details about the dates and locations of other official GRAMMY® Week events, including the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony®, MusiCares® Person of the Year and the Pre-GRAMMY® Gala will be announced soon.

As it is my duty to be on top of these things, tune in to the ACHOF site immediately after the awards are announced and you’ll find the news about who won in each category as an ACHOF Breaking News item.

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) This month found us losing two very talented and influential album art-makers – designer Henry Lavelle and illustrator/art director/fine artist extraordinaire Charlie White III –

Henry Lavelle, designer – Born in the U.K. in 1976; died February, 2022. After studying art at St. Christopher’s and getting some experience working in the art department at A&M Records, Henry teamed with his brother James in the 1990s at his record label Mo’ Wax – accompany that was a hit with collectors due to their partnerships with noted artists/designers such as graffiti OGs Futura 2000, Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja and Req 1 (with the label’s original logo credited to the U.K. graphic designer known as Swifty). Working with these noted artists and the team at Mo’ Wax (led by designer/art director Ben Drury), Henry was involved with the design of scores of label releases and, in the mid-2000s, managed a spin-off company called Mo’ Wax Arts, which took their designs and translated them into much sought-after merchandise and fashion items.

Henry also spent several years curating art exhibitions featuring the work of his chums in the art community. In 1995 Mo’ Wax and Michael Kopelman’s Gimme Five presented Icongraffiti, an exhibition of work by Eric Haze, who’d created graphics for Def Jam label artists including Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. Also in 1995, Mo’ Wax presented Dysfunctional, an exhibition of Skateboard Art & Design, featuring artists including Phil Frost, Mike Mills and Terry Richardson. The following year, Mr. Mills brought his “Visual Sampler” project (12” square posters) and his Dolce Visualis exhibition to London via Mo’ Wax while, in 1997, photographer Glen E. Friedman’s show titled (affectionately) Fuck You All was brought (via Mo’ Wax) to London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. Later that year, the team brought a two-part event – a concert and an art exhibition based on artwork done for the label – to venues in Germany, with additional shows built around the label and its artistic collaborators presented over the next several years in Japan and the U.K., (an October, 2002 show presented the photographic and screen print works of pop art sensation KAWS.

In 2005, the Lavelle brothers launched Mo’ Wax Arts, which worked to extend the works of long-time label artist Futura into the areas of merch, toys and fashion. Certainly Henry will be remembered not only for his own talents but for his efforts to promote and share the talents of others and, for that alone, he will be missed greatly.

Tribute podcast –

Charles E. White III (Charlie) – (b. 1940 in San Diego, CA, USA – d. March, 2022) – Born in So. California, young Charlie enrolled at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles in 1960 and began his career in design and illustration in 1964, excelling with an air brush. Although he hadn’t set out to become an album art designer, he entered the field after the noted Warner Brothers Records art director Ed Thrasher asked him to create the album artwork for the 1965 Frank Sinatra: A Man and his Music double LP set (which went on to win the Grammy Award in 1967 for “Album of the Year”). As Charlie put it – “I never went after album cover art jobs…at that time, the fees were very low and I was having a ball in other areas but my first album cover for Frank Sinatra was done for Ed Thrasher of Warner Records, one of the top AD’s of his time”. Over the course of his career, Charlie illustrated and/or art-directed many other album packages, some of which include Chuck Berry’s Chuck Berry’s Golden Decade; The Tramps – Disco Inferno; The Who/London Symphony Orchestra – Tommy; Chubby Checker – Greatest Hits; Gentle Giant – Octopus and Paradise Theatre for Styx.

Styx Paradise Theatre (1980 on A&M Records)

In addition to serving as an artist/illustrator working in the art departments for the seminal films Star Wars and Heavy Metal and as a commercial artist responsible for many memorable and mind-boggling ad campaigns (remember the cool circus-style poster for “Screaming Yellow Zonkers”? That was his work.) White partnered with fellow illustrator David Willardson in the 80’s and their studio “did a ton of albums for A&M Records”, with White serving as the art director. Charlie spent from 1992 to 2010 “working on major immersive projects” and, in 2011, curated (along with Mr. Berman and Mr. Willardson) a major art show in Santa Monica at the Robert Berman Gallery titled PAID TO PLAY, Illustrating Los Angeles: 1945 – 1985 – which provided attendees with “an overview of the oft overlooked Southern California artists rooted in illustration, commissioned to create imagery for record albums, magazines and advertisements”. His works were featured in many books, including Overspray, Air Powered, Hot Air, Radio Eyes and several album cover tomes and included in exhibitions at the Smithsonian, MOMA and De Young museums. His work and part of his life’s story also served as the inspiration for Roman Coppola’s 2012 comedy A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, starring Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Katheryn Winnick and Patricia Arquette.

More information on this artist is available at and on the web site at 

Notice of his passing was posted on the Lucasfilm Facebook page –

I was fortunate to have been able to correspond a bit with Mr. White a couple of years ago, and what struck me was that, for someone with such a history of art-making (and a bit of self-promotion), he would always insist that his role in projects was not anywhere as important as the work of the artists, photographers and illustrators he’d commission to do “the real work”. We was kind enough to put together a small package of examples of his work in many different areas – fine art sculptures and assemblages, posters for films and commercial clients, environmental graphics and sculptures (he created the amazing “immersive environments” found at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, for example) and conceptual works as well. I was particularly enamored by his “Zippy” character and an animation he posted of the factory where Zippys are made –

I wish that I’d have been able to corral him for an interview/portfolio overview but now, sadly, we’ll just have to live with the memories and appreciate what he did give us while he was here.

Also – RIP Taylor Hawkins, 50, Drummer for Foo Fighters – very sad to see this.

a) Christopher Budd, author of many an interesting “Vinyl Art” interview article for Shindig! Magazine, recently published an article about the somewhat-disturbing photo found on John Cale’s Vintage Violence record, photographed by one Isi Veleris. Christopher had asked me to help him validate some info he’d found on Veleris (sometimes spelled in articles Valeris or Vileris, much to the photographer’s chagrin) – earning me a credit at the end of the article (thanks, Chris!) – and while there’s not a lot of detail about the shooter’s CV, the author was able to put together a fine article nonetheless.

In the article, Chris digs deep to find out more about “the man behind the mask” seen on the record’s cover. According to Chris’ research, “Viléris had left for the USA in ‘60 and set up his own studio on Park Avenue South in ’67. He worked primarily as a fashion photographer, shooting for Men’s Wear, Glamour and other glossies, and although he didn’t quite become a household name. he was evidently busy. He ended up sharing studio space with the revolutionary and hugely influential French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin, and the two became good friends and creative collaborators, with

Véléris assisting Bourdin on big shoots and later becoming his agent…” Could this be a clue? Pick up this issue of Shindig!, turn to page 110 and learn the truth behind this haunting cover.

Shindig! Magazine

b) Sometimes, while looking at things I’ve found on the Web that I’m considering sharing with my readers, I stumble across something else that, for whatever reason, I also find interesting and think that you might, too. For example, I was looking at a very brief post on a site by music writer Alan Cross (his “A Journal of Musical Things”) in which he shared a bit of info about Pennie Smith’s great photo used on the cover of London Calling by The Clash (you know the one) – After digesting the tidbit I found there, I wondered whether he’d done other articles in the past about album art and did a simple search on his site to see what I’d find. I was quickly presented with a page with several choices, including one he’d done in August, 2021 titled “What Makes A Great Album Cover? Watch This…”, which turned out to be an intro to a video done by a music marketing pro (with a delightful Aussie accent) named Amber Horsburgh in which, as part of her series aimed at musicians looking to get a leg up in marketing themselves/their music, discussed the importance of having a great album cover and included several examples of covers she thought were exceptionally well-done – here’s the link to the video on YouTube –

I’ll keep digging if you keep watching!

c) An article on the Open Culture media site provides a lot of detail about photographer Brian Duffy’s work to create what’s perhaps the best-known image of the late David Bowie, that being the cover shot for the Aladdin Sane album. The most-expensive cover photo ever taken? Printed with seven colors vs. the then-standard four –  videos included from SFAE and Absolute Radio

d) A successful GoFundMe campaign has raised enough money for a Boston-area rock photographer – Charles Daniels – to process the 2500+ rolls of undeveloped film he has that will ultimately allow him to share thousands of photos of the 60s-70s rock acts that played in the area during that period (some of whom invited Daniels, the son of cotton field workers in segregated rural Alabama, to join their tours as a photographer). Daniels, who also served as the emcee for a South End venue known as The Boston Tea Party (using the moniker “Master Blaster”), has shown parts of his collection previously at area galleries, but Time and Life (not the magazines) pushed Daniels to simply save roll after roll of film wherever he could until he could afford to develop them. The team working with the 80-year-old photographer will use the funds to scan and archive the estimated 40,000 photos with the hope of sharing them in several ways once the hard work’s been done.

The Boston Globe’s Malcolm Gay shares the story on their site at

Read more about this effort to preserve part of rock and roll history at

e) Back in my January news summary, I shared a story about the mental anguish singer Stevie Nicks suffered from being coerced into appearing topless on the cover of her Buckingham/Nicks album. In an update found on the site, Stevie’s father pipes in about seeing his daughter semi-naked on an early album cover photo –

f) On the 40th anniversary of the release of an album that features one of rock music’s best known cover boys – Derek Riggs’ Iron Maiden mascot “Eddie”, as seen on 1982’s The Number Of The Beast – Loudwire’s Ryan Adams posted an article that tests the depths of knowledge of IM fans world-wide by asking whether they’re aware of the “10 Facts About Iron Maiden’s ‘The Number of the Beast’ Only Superfans Would Know”. One thing I learned was that artist Riggs was faced with the challenge of creating this cover art in just two days (welcome to music industry deadlines, boys and girls!) – Amazingly, the classic artwork was completed in two days — “two days and two sleepless nights, to be precise. ‘They phoned me on Friday night and it was delivered on Monday morning. Nearly all of the albums and singles were done at that kind of speed. Deadlines were tight, and I had to work fast,’ Riggs has claimed.” Imagine what we’d have seen had he been given three days to do the work!

g) As a follow-up to last month’s entry in Far Out Magazine’s  “The Cover Uncovered” series of articles (which featured the work of Storm Thorgerson and the Hipgnosis design agency), writer Jordan Potter has posted another Pink Floyd-related item, this one about the making of the Division Bell cover (yes, those sculptures are real) – . Earlier in March, Potter also posted articles on photographer Angus McBean’s memorable shot of The Beatles seen on the cover of Please, Please Me – and one on how Iggy Pop borrowed some album cover inspiration for this LP The Idiot from the same painter who’d influenced his chum David Bowie (Erich Heckel) to cop a similar pose for Heroes –

h) Northwestern University local rag’s entertainment section’s editorial teams chooses best and worst covers by particular musicians –

i) – The world-renowned Manchester City Premier League soccer team’s  “attacking midfielder” Jack Grealish subs for the Nirvana baby in this somewhat-disturbing parody unleashed on an unsuspecting public in early March – Smells a bit more like a bad idea than team spirit.

j) A cosmetology student from Pennsylvania was so moved by a record album that she chose to get a tattoo of the cover image on her neck. Later regretting this impulsive action, she recently posted a Tick Tok video that “went viral” about what she chose to do about it. An article in The U.S. Sun tabloid shares the story – Of course, not everyone who has had some/all of an album art image tattooed on their bodies has regretted it. Case in point – ME (thanks to R. Crumb and Roger Dean)!

Mike G. “Mr. Natural”
Mike G. Excerpt from Magician’s Birthday

I wonder if Justin Bieber has one of these, too?

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, enjoy the first buds of Spring, with Peace and Love and wishes of Good Health to you all (and the ending of the hostilities in Ukraine).

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