ACHOF Class of 2013 Inductee Intro Page

Announcing the 2013 Inductees into the Album Cover Hall of Fame!

We’re happy to introduce the Sophomore Class of honorees in the 7 major categories, as voted on by a world-wide panel of music, art and marketing experts in the area of album cover art & packaging.

Since officially launching the site last year based on the results from the group’s initial survey (album cover designers whose initial efforts were released between the years 1960 – 1975),  nearly new 200 biographies were added for consideration by the esteemed panel of writers, music industry leaders and curators of galleries (retail and online) that focus on album cover imagery, and after a research, nominating and voting process that began in August and ended in late November with our final vote, the ACHOF Voting 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. This year’s Class consists of people who BEGAN their careers in the field during the period we’re focusing on this time – 1976 – 1990.

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. Please note that some names will be seen in more than one category, as it is that certain individuals serve in more than one role in a project. Inductees are listed alphabetically:

Album Cover Photographers – 

Name – Credits – Web site (if available)

Anton Corbijn  – notable album cover credits include – Depeche Mode – Songs of Faith and Devotion, Exciter and Sounds of the Universe; U2 – War, The Unforgettable Fire and The Joshua Tree; Bee Gees – One Night Only, Still Waters and Number Ones; Fine Young Cannibals – FYC; R.E.M. – Automatic For The People; Art of Noise – Who’s Afraid Of?

Bob Gruen  – Notable examples of album cover work – KISS – Dressed To Kill; John Lennon & Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band – Sometime in New York City; John Lennon – Mind Games; Raspberries – Raspberries; Labelle – Labelle; The Clash – Live at Shea Stadium; Roy Buchanan – Roy Buchanan

Annie Leibovitz  – Notable album cover credits include – Peter Tosh – Mystic Man; Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual and True Colors; Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A. and Tunnel of Love; Patti Smith – Gone Again; Laurie Anderson – In Our Sleep; Tony Bennett – The Art of Excellence; Judy Collins – Portrait of an American Girl; J. Geils Band – Best of the J. Geils Band; Lucinda Williams – West; Paul Anka – Duets

Neal Preston  – Notable album cover credits include – Bruce Springsteen –Live 1975-85 and Streets of Philadelphia; Alice Cooper – Beast of Alice Cooper; Peter Frampton – Peter Frampton and A Day In The Sun; Heart –Passionworks; The Traveling Wilburys – The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1; Captain & Tennille – Song of Joy; Tom Petty – The Live Anthology; Various Artists – Almost Famous and Elizabethtown soundtracks; Billy Joel – A Matter Of Trust; Patty Scialfa – Rumble Doll; Fleetwood Mac – Say You Will and Live In Boston; Stevie Nicks – Trouble In Shangri-La

Herb Ritts  – Notable album cover credits include – Olivia Newton-John –Physical; Gloria Estefan – Destiny, The Essential Gloria Estefan, Mi Tierra/Destiny; Billy Idol – Whiplash Smile; Warren Zevon – Sentimental Hygiene; Cher – Chronicles; Belinda Carlisle – Runaway Horses; Diana Ross – Love & Life; Madonna – True Blue; Tracy Chapman – Matters of the Heart; James Taylor – Hourglass; Prince – The Hits/The B-Sides

Pennie Smith  – Notable album cover credits include – The Pink Fairies –What A Bunch Of Sweeties; The Clash – London Calling, Combat Rock, The Clash on Broadway and Essential Clash; Robyn Hitchcock – Kershaw Sessions; Andy White – Rave On; The Jam – Jam At The BBC; Various Artists –Sandanista! Project; The Slits – Cut; Pet Shop Boys – Behaviour

Album Cover Illustrators (inc. those specializing in logos and typography) –

Name – Credits – Web site (if available)

Hugh Gilmour – Notable album covers include – Tony Iommi – Fused; Ian Gillan – Future Shock, Double Trouble and Singles + The Promo Videos; Glenn Hughes – This Time Around; The Bonzo Dog Band – New Tricks; Marillon – This Strange Engine; The Strangles – Sessions; Black Sabbath –Mob Rules, Live Evil and Seventh Star; Iron Maiden – Somewhere In Time, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son and Fear of the Dark; UFO – High Stakes & Dangerous Men; Motorhead – Protect The Innocent

Peter Lloyd  – Notable album cover work examples – Jefferson Starship –Dragonfly; Rod Stewart – Atlantic Crossing; Kansas – Song For America and Audio Visions; Graham Central Station – My Radio Sure Sounds Good To Me; Ronnie Laws – Pressure Sensitive

Dave McMacken  – Notable album cover work – Frank Zappa – Over-nite Sensation and 200 Motels, AC/DC – Ballbreaker, Warrant – Dog Eat Dog, Weather Report –Black Market, The Beatles – Reel Music, Steve Miller – The Joker; Kansas – Leftoverture; Journey – Raised on Radio; The Beach Boys – Friends; Various Artists – Nadia’s Theme (The Young & The Restless)

Jamie Reid   – Notable album cover work examples – The Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks…Here’s The Sex Pistols, Anarchy in the U.K., The Great Rock and Roll Swindle and God Save The Queen; Afro Celt Sound System – Volume 1:Sound Magic, Volume 2:Release and Release Remixes, Vol.1; Billy Childish – Thatcher’s Children

Derek Riggs  – Notable album cover art credits include – Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden, Killers, Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind, Power Slave, Somewhere in Time, Live After Death, No Prayer For The Dying and Brave New World; Stratovarius – Infinite and Elements Pt. 1 & Pt. 2; Budgie – Nightflight; Bruce Dickinson – Accident of Birth; Gamma Ray – Power Plant

Hugh Syme  – Notable album cover credits include – Def Leppard –Retroactive; Megadeth – Countdown To Extinction and Youthanasia; Supertramp – Some Things Never Change; Celine Dion – Live A Paris; Aerosmith – Get A Grip; Rush – All album covers since 1975: Quiet Riot – QRIII; Whitesnake – World Trade, Slip of the Tongue and 1987; The Band – Jericho; Slaughter – Stick It To Ya; Alice Cooper – A Fistful of Alice

Album Cover Designers –  

Name – Credits – Web site (if available)

Martyn Atkins – Notable album cover credits include – Joy Division – Closer; Echo & The Bunnymen – Heaven Up Here, Porcupine and Ocean Rain; Depeche Mode – A Broken Frame, Catching Up With Depeche Mode and Music For The Masses; Bee Gees – E.S.P. and One; Jeff Lynne – Armchair Theatre and Long Wave; Tom Petty – Wildflowers and A Higher Place; Johnny Cash – American Recordings and Unchained

Barney Bubbles  – Notable examples of album cover work include – Elvis Costello – My Aim Is True, This Year’s Model, Armed Forces, Get Happy!, Imperial Bedroom and Punch The Clock; Ian Dury – New Boots & Panties and Do It Yourself; The Damned – Music For Pleasure; Graham Parker – Parkerilla; Hawkwind – Space Ritual, Hall of the Mountain Grill and Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music; Nick Lowe – Labour of Lust

Nicholas (“Nick”) De Ville  – Notable album cover credits include – Roxy Music – The Complete Studio Recordings, The Best of Roxy Music, The Thrill Of It All, Siren, Country Life, Stranded and Roxy Music; King Crimson – USA and The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson; John Wetton – Arkangel and King’s Road 1972-80; Bryan Ferry – Frantic, As Time Goes By, Mamouna, Taxi, In Your Mind and These Foolish Things; Phil Manzanera – Nowomova: Wasted Lands, Live At The Karl Marx, Southern Cross and Guitarissimo; UK – UK

Nick Egan  – Notable album cover credits include – Bow Wow Wow – Last Of The Mohicans/See Jungle! See Jungle!...; Bob Dylan – Biograph; Ric Ocasek – This Side Of Paradise; Iggy Pop – Blah, Blah, Blah and The Complete A&M Recordings; Psychedelic Furs – Midnight To Midnight; INXS – Kick, X and Live Baby Live; Duran Duran – Duran Duran (The Wedding Album), Greatest and The Singles: 1986-95; The Brian Setzer Orchestra – Guitar Slinger; Tesla – Mechanical Resonance and Psychotic Supper; Faster Pussycat – Wake Me When Its Over; Belinda Carlisle – Live Your Life Be Free

Mick Haggerty  – Notable album cover work examples – David Bowie – Let’s Dance, Never Let Me Down and Tonight, The Police – Ghost In The Machine; Dave Mason – Let It Flow; Jimmy Hendrix – Kiss The Sky; Phoebe Snow – Phoebe Snow; Gamma – Gamma 2; Goo Goo Dolls – Gutterflower; Styx – Cornerstone; Electric Light Orchestra – Face The Music; Supertramp – Breakfast In America.

Peter Saville  – notable album cover credits include – Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures and Closer; New Order – Power, Corruption, Lies and Blue Monday; Pulp – This Is Hardcore and We Love Life; OMD – Dazzle Ships and History of Modern; King Crimson – Discipline; Peter Gabriel – So; Roxy Music – Avalon; David Byrne – My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts; Suede – Beautiful Ones, Coming Up and Head Music

Album Cover Art Directors –

Martyn Atkins – see description in the Designer category

Barney Bubbles  – see description in the Designer category

Nicholas (“Nick”) De Ville  – see description in the Designer category

Nick Egan  – see description in the Designer category

Mick Haggerty  – see description in the Designer category

Peter Saville  – see description in the Designer category

Individual Achievement Awards  –

Included in this category are designers, illustrators, photographers and art directors who, while not working primarily in the music-packaging field, created a memorable album cover. In some cases, the nominee may have had his/her career cut short due to illness or death (a condition that seems to have plagued the burgeoning recorded music industry), while in other examples, an artist’s talents in one specialty were noted and they were then asked to apply those talents in some unique way to an album cover project. In more than one instance, the nominee was a friend/relative/business associate/guru of someone related to the featured musical act and, therefore, entrusted with this important responsibility. Regardless of the circumstances, each nominee has left an indelible mark on the art of the album cover.

Catherine Kanner (Illustrator) – Noted album cover work – Bob Dylan – Slow Train Coming (Columbia Records, 1979)

Kirk Weddle (Photographer) – Noted album cover work – Nirvana – Nevermind (DGC Records, 1991)

Record Labels –

In as much as “pop” music in the early days of the Pop/Rock era included musical acts that easily crossed-over from jazz, R&B, country, folk and Rock & Roll to deliver music in many styles to a public hungry for their records, record companies were not eager to be classified and chose to make sure that their cover designs would appeal to a fairly broad audience.

However, many musical artists sought to team with like-minded art directors to create packaging for music that would best-represent their own feelings about how they’d like the buying public to perceive them and their music. Once shown to be effective marketing tools, trend-setting album cover design was embraced by certain record labels, who then – as a prelude to the big-budget video productions of the 1980s and 90s – put significant resources behind these promotional packages. It is the labels that showed this type of forethought that we look to honor in this category.

Name of Label (Samples of Musical Acts featured on label) – web site

Casablanca (KISS, Village People, Parliament, others) – 

Sire (Talking Heads, k.d. lang, Seal, others – now a sub-label of Warner Brothers Records)

Sub Pop (Sonic Youth, The Postal Service, The Shins, others)

Musical Acts with a long-standing commitment to great Album Cover imagery 

Of course, without the patronage of musical acts and their record labels, there would be no great album cover art, but there were some acts that “got it” better than others and used their cover imagery to both help set the mood for the music packaged inside and build a deeper bond with their fans and potential fans. At times, a great album cover image could be a powerful enticement to shoppers browsing the racks at their favorite record store, whereas some fans of a band viewed them as “rewards” given to those who’d waited patiently for an act’s next release.

With the strong connection evident between the visual and aural arts, it only seems natural that musicians would find kindred spirits in the men and women tasked to produce the images for their recorded music.

Name of Musical Act – link to discography as listed on the web site:

Bjork –

Depeche Mode –

Nirvana –

The Ramones –

The Sex Pistols –

Talking Heads –

Going forward, the Nominating Panel – currently consisting of experts in the fields of packaging design, illustration, photography and music product marketing – will continue the process each year (beginning in Summer 2014 to nominate the third class of Inductees representing those whose works were published during the period of 1991 – present) 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 (i.e., after next year’s class is inducted), qualified individuals become eligible for induction 10 years after the publication of their first record album, CD, DVD or digital album cover image.