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Unsung Heroes Of The Music Business: Stories & Insights From Your Favorite Album Cover Creators
Greetings from Chicagoland. I’m Mike Goldstein, the guy behind the Album Cover Hall of Fame site.
As any regular visitor to this site knows, I’ve spent years researching and writing about the talented people who have contributed their skills to making great imagery and packages for their clients in the music industry, and so after a great deal of friendly prodding from my readers and fans of these works, I’ve finally decided to compile selections from my writing into a book.
While I know that there have been a number of good books about album cover art written over the years, most all of them have focused on the images and the musical acts they’ve represented, rather than on the designers, directors, photographers, illustrators, and all the others that were actually tasked to produce these memorable works of art.
With this new book, I look to correct that oversight.
In preparation for this project, I talked to the writers, curators, gallery owners and music industry experts that make up the voting panel for the AlbumCoverHallofFame.com site I run along with others I’ve met during my career in the media about what I might do to create something new on the topic of album art.
As time went on, it became clear that I should focus my efforts on a couple of things that seem to have been somewhat-marginalized in the album cover art books that have been released up until this point:
One – meeting the people who’ve created your favorite covers and learning more about what makes them unique and compelling subjects – people you want to know. I’ll give you the “hows” and “whys” and “whens” about their careers in this field and what it was that made album art production such an important focus of their work
Two – helping music and art fans understand what it takes to produce memorable album cover images, looking at the processes and tools that were used to create these works and at the relationships that formed between the project team members and their clients. I’ve learned a lot about the pop culture influences that may have provided some of the motivation behind the designs that were ultimately produced, and I think that I’ve come up with an approach to delivering this information in ways that will both inform and entertain readers.
Over the past 10 years, I’ve interviewed over 100 of these talented individuals – Art and Creative Directors, Illustrators, Photographers, Designers and the other specialists that have contributed to the huge variety of designs used to package records over the years – and published these articles on the various blogs, web sites and magazines I’ve written for. In addition, since beginning the “planning and gathering” efforts for this new book project, I’ve been working on sourcing even more content, adding new quotes, stories and information from two main groups – those being the people I’ve previously interviewed as well as people I hadn’t had the pleasure of meeting before. With my focus now on completing the additional writing and editing that will be required to produce a comprehensive-and-yet-entertaining book on the subject, I think that I’m now ready to share the overview of what I’ve gathered and, with your support, I hope to bring to you in printed form some time very soon. I think that, with your help, this could end up being a book that finally gives music and art fans a chance to see and learn a lot more about a segment of the recorded music businesses whose importance and impact on Pop Culture has been somewhat overlooked and really now deserves to be brought to your attention.
In the book, you’ll find interviews with a real “Who’s Who” of trend-setting and often-lauded music packaging icons including Ernie Cefalu, David Larkham, Bill Levy, Storm Thorgerson, Nick Egan, Mick Haggerty, John Kosh, Tom Nickosey, John Pasche, Lee Conklin, James Marsh, Dave McMacken, Terry Pastor, Winston Smith, John Van Hamersveld, Edward Colver, George DuBose, Karl Ferris, Brian Griffin, Elliott Landy, Simon Larbalestier, Jerry Schatzberg, Spencer Drate/Judith Salavetz and many more.
Their client lists include almost every major name musical act who came to prominence during the past 60+ years of rock/Pop music history – The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, Elton John, James Brown, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Supertramp, Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Santana, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Green Day, KISS, Madonna, Ramones, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Costello, Depeche Mode, Pixies, Talk Talk, Grateful Dead and so many others…
In addition to “meeting” these talented folks, you’ll also learn the stories about how they teamed with their clients to create the memorable album covers for records including Dark Side of the Moon, Breakfast In America, Ziggy Stardust…, Exile On Main Street, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Jesus Christ Superstar, Are You Experienced?, A Broken Frame, Fear Of Music, Lush Life and dozens more of your favorites.
To enhance your reading experience, I’m also going to include pages of selected quotes from both those previously-mentioned craftspeople I’ve interviewed and from many other well-known-and-respected artists, designers, illustrators, photographers, music marketing execs, museum and gallery curators and other experts in their respective fields. These quotes will give you even more insight into what these people think about the importance of album cover art, who is making art today that they admire and their thoughts on topics ranging from creativity and process to the ongoing viability of the art form in today’s world of digital delivery and copyright issues.
Finally, to round out the offering, you’ll also find more articles about related topics such as “Best Selling Albums” (and who did their covers), films about album cover art, musicians who create their own covers and a comprehensive overview and timeline of album cover art exhibitions around the world.
Now that you see what’s going to be included, I’m looking for help from my fans and readers so that I can initially produce a very special “collector’s edition” of my book and offer it – along with some really desirable incentives at much-lower-than-retail prices – to collectors and lovers of great album art and the talented people that made it (you can take a look at these rewards on this special page – https://albumcoverhalloffame.wordpress.com/achof-mike-goldstein-unsung-heroes-book-project-reward-descriptions/ ). Based on my research and the recent successes of other artists and writers who’ve self-published some wonderful books on music industry-related topics, I believe that I can produce a high-quality, beautifully-printed book and deliver it within 3-6 months after the conclusion of my Kickstarter program (up now through May 8, 2018 at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/232122114/unsung-heroes-stories-from-your-favorite-album-cov) – something of a rarity in the world of self-publishing, as most have taken a year or more to deliver.
I think that, once you read the details of what you’ll get at the various support levels I’ve set up, you’ll find one that both guarantees that you’ll be one of the select few to receive this new book as soon as it’s available and that gets you the bonus artwork you’d like to add to your collection at a VERY reasonable price (as much as 50% off the regular retail prices you’d find in galleries).
Once again, I hope that you will support me in this effort – I’m going to do everything I can to make you happy with your commitment. Thanks!