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Album Cover Hall of Fame News Update and Summary – Early December, 2019

Album Cover Hall of Fame News Update and Summary – Early December, 2019

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By Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

Dear Readers – This month’s summary will follow in my newest tradition – short intros and lots of links to the most-interesting stories I could find on the topic of album cover imagery and the people that make it. Prior to taking you through our regular news categories, I want to once again share several annual award announcements featuring honors bestowed upon the laudable people who make our favorite record album images and packages:

Award Announcement #1 – As promised in last month’s summary, I’m pleased to introduce you to the newest inductees into the Album Cover Hall of Fame (an announcement I know you’ve been waiting patiently for):

In the Album Cover Photographer category, the new inductees are Janette Beckman, Fin Costello and Hideki Fujii, Daniel Kramer, Simon Larbalestier and Linda McCartney;

In the Album Cover Illustrator/Typographer category, the new inductees are Pedro Bell, Ioannis, Tom Nikosey, Terry Pastor, Gerald Scarfe and Winston Smith

In the Album Cover Designer category, new inductees include John Berg, Mike Doud, Rod Dyer, Rob O’Connor (& Stylorouge) and Glen Wexler; 

Album Cover Art Directors inducted this year include Cey Adams, Stanley Donwood, Garbrielle Raumberger, Tommy Steele and Larry Vigon;

Inducted Record Labels with a long-standing commitment to great album cover imagery include Island, Nonesuch and Yep Roc;

And lastly, the list of inductees of the Musical Acts who’ve promoted and supported great album cover art includes Black Sabbath, St. Vincent, White Stripes and Kanye West

Qualified individuals become eligible for induction 10 years after the publication of their first record album, CD, DVD or digital album cover image.

Since this announcement was sent out on November 22nd, I’ve heard back from a number of this year’s inductees and – pardon me if I blush a bit – it seems that most of them were quite pleased to be included in our little old Hall of Fame. Several of them have agreed to work with me on interview and/or Featured Artist Portfolio articles in the upcoming year (always a fan favorite) and one of them – famed artist/illustrator Gerald Scarfe, whose work on Pink Floyd’s The Wall 40 years ago resulted in some of the most-memorable imagery ever associated with a rock music album – was kind enough to share something quite special with me (and now, you!) – “I am very honoured to be inducted into the Album Cover Hall of Fame. The cover was the first design I made for Pink Floyd The Wall, and I had to create all the visuals – the Wife, the Teacher, The Marching Hammers and so on – inspired by Roger Waters’ music and lyrics. Now, on the 40th anniversary of the album, I am selling the whole of my personal, comprehensive collection of Wall memorabilia: original paintings, early scripts, story boards etc, through SFAE* .  In commemoration of this anniversary year, I have also personally created an oil painting of the centrefold of the iconic cover which is also for sale separately (see image of this painting taken in Mr. Scarfe’s studio, below)…”

Gerald Scarfe – Pink Floyd The Wall Inner Gatefold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*SFAE is the San Francisco Art Exchange gallery, and you’ll read more about this sale later on in this month’s summary. I’d like to thank the gallery’s Jim Hartley for sharing this note and other Scarfe-related info with me – much appreciated!

To see a list of all of the current inductees to the Album Cover Hall of Fame, please visit – https://albumcoverhalloffame.wordpress.com/achof-nominee-inductee-menu-page/achof-inductee-list-main-page/

Thanks again to all of the members of the Voting Panel who participated this year – this couldn’t be done without your continued support.

Award Announcement #2 – On November 20th, the Recording Academy announced its list of nominees for 2019 Grammy Awards in the two album cover art-related categories we pay close attention to here at the ACHOF and, as you’ll see as you review these nominee lists, a number of different genres (rock, jazz, world music and others) and art directors with a wide range of past experiences producing effective packaging for retail recorded music products have applied their prodigious talents to create the examples included in this year’s nominated efforts. Let’s take a look at who is included in this year’s lineups:

– In the “Best Recording Package” category, the nominees are:

Anónimas & Resilientes by Voces Del Bullerengue – Luisa María Arango, Carlos Dussan, Manuel García-Orozco & Juliana Jaramillo-Buenaventura, art directors;

Chris Cornell by Chris Cornell – Barry Ament, Jeff Ament, Jeff Fura & Joe Spix, art directors;

Hold That Tiger by The Muddy Basin Ramblers – Andrew Wong & Fongming Yang, art directors;

I,I by Bon Iver – Aaron Anderson & Eric Timothy Carlson, art directors; and

Intellexual by Intellexual – Irwan Awalludin, art director

– In the “Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package” category, the nominees are:

Anima by Thom Yorke – Stanley Donwood & Tchocky, art directors;

Gold In Brass Age by David Gray – Amanda Chiu, Mark Farrow & David Gray, art directors;

1963: New Directions by John Coltrane – Josh Cheuse, art director;

The Radio Recordings 1939–1945 by Wilhelm Furtwängler & Berliner Philharmoniker – Marek Polewski, art director; and

Woodstock: Back To The Garden – The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive (featuring performances by Various Artists) – Masaki Koike, art director

As always, I’ll be digging in to the stories behind any/all of the nominated works and the people who created them and will be releasing more information as I find it. In the meantime, let’s congratulate all of the nominees for jobs well done. The complete list of Grammy nominees in all of the categories announced today can be found at –  https://www.grammy.com/grammys/awards/62nd-annual-grammy-awards-2019  with winners announced in ceremonies in Los Angeles on January 26th.

Award Announcement #3 – It’s time to submit your votes for this year’s Best Art Vinyl awards – https://artvinyl.com/best-record-cover-design-competition/  Now in its 15th year, the competition – sponsored as always by the team at Art Vinyl (maker/marketer of a very nice record album cover display frame/system) – has become a must-see-and-do activity for fans of album art from all over the world, with many of the top vote-getters in this competition going on to win nominations and awards at the Grammys. In fact, this competition, with voting by “the people” (i.e., you and me) reminds me of “alt-award” shows such as the Independent Spirit Awards (by and for movie fans) and the E! People’s Choice Awards, the long-running multi-media entertainment award show, as all are much more grass-roots in their style and approach to presenting the latest and best in entertainment industry talent.

Pick your three favorites from the display of many of this year’s most-intriguing designs and cast your vote ASAP, as voting is open for only a short while, with winners announced in January, 2020. If you’d like to see and learn more about this exciting annual event, I’d invite you to check out their archives at  https://artvinyl.com/lp-records-displayed-as-artwork-prize/

New/Recently-Opened Exhibitions and Gallery Shows –

a) UHHM OPENS DECEMBER 2 – Very happy to announce the opening of the “pop-up” exhibition that I had a small part in creating. On December 2nd, the Universal Hip Hop Museum makes history with the debut of the [R]Evolution of Hip Hop show at the Bronx Terminal Market, which is where the museum will ultimately be housed. In addition to a collection of unique memorabilia, there will be an interactive timeline kiosk (covering the history of the genre’s music, art, fashion, dance and more) and a very cool kiosk that asks users to share some basic details about themselves before kicking out a custom-tailored playlist.

You are welcome to visit the [R]Evolution of Hip Hop anytime, but please make sure you get a reserved ticket to help the team there manage crowd flow.  Tickets are available at www.uhhm.org/revolution-of-hip-hop  Congratulations to Rocky and all of the people who made this first phase of what looks to be an impressive, ongoing organization meant to share a treasure trove of information, artistry and pride in this art form, spawned in the very neighborhood this museum now lives in.

b) NEW BANKSY ART SHOW in GENOA, ITALY – Friend of the ACHOF and fellow album art lover Richard Forrest recently shared the details of a new art show featuring the works of the mysterious and ultra-popular artist Banksy that opened late last month (November 22nd) in Genoa, Italy. What makes the show even more intriguing is that a number of items from Dr. Forrest’s personal collection will be included in the exhibition.

The show’s title is “The Second Principle of Banksy” and it’s scheduled to run at the Palazzo Ducale (on the Piazza Matteotti) until March 20, 2020. According to the venue, “War, capitalism and freedom are current issues addressed by this exhibition, by using the artworks of the internationally famous street artist named Bansky. The exhibition is curated by Stefano Antonelli and Gianluca Marziani and includes paintings, limited edition prints, sculptures and rare items, many of which will be exposed for the first time.”

Right after the show opened, Dr. Forrest sent me an update as he was in attendance for the special opening event. As he related to me, “the exhibition is called “Il secundo pricipio di un artista chiamato Banksy”, which translated means “The Second Priciple of the artist known as Banksy”. Well, my question naturally is: if this exhibition is the SECOND principle, what is the FIRST? The curator Stefano Antonelli explains in the beautiful catalogue that Banksy’s two principles are first, ‘if you want to say something and have people listen then you have to wear a mask’; while his second principle is ‘If you want to be honest, then you have to live a lie’. I had no idea of these principles as I went round the beautifully presented and hung show. I only got to read the catalogue on the Saturday morning! So, I suppose I’m living a lie trying to be honest!

There is a whole room devoted to my collection of Banksy’s record and CD covers! One has to wander through the other four rooms before ending up in Room 5, the final room where my collection is on show. Here are photos of the records and the cover of the catalogue. The CDs and vinyl singles are displayed in a huge black trunk.”

Let me add some additional details regarding the Forrest-supplied examples of Banksy-produced album art that are display at the show via a recap some of the related info as I first reported it this past August during my exclusive review of this part of Richard’s collection – “I started collecting Banksy’s art on record and CD covers around 2005-6, at a time when most could be bought at standard record prices. I found a second issue version of Banksy’s/Danger Mouse’s Paris Hilton CD and a DJ offered me his copy of the promo version of Röyksopp’s Melody A.M. album with the Banksy-sprayed cover. I have since completed the series of Paris Hilton CDs by obtaining the first Bansky/Danger Mouse issue and by buying a copy of the original CD by Paris Hilton for comparison. Back in 2012, I curated an exhibition of Banksy’s record cover art and made a digital copy of the ultra-rare Capoiera Twins promo 12″ 4 x 3 / Truth Will Out, the cover of which was also spray-painted by Banksy (it wasn’t until 2017 that I actually got hold of a genuine copy)…Another rarity I have is the printer’s proof of Dirty Funker’s 2008 remix of The Knack’s hit single My Sharona which he’d renamed Let’s Get Dirty. As you know, in 2005 Banksy made a series of portraits of Kate Moss – six in all – done in the style of Andy Warhol. Dirty Funker used two of the Bansky Kate Moss portraits – one each on the front (red background) and rear (green background) covers – for his remix, and the one I own being the rarer version without the title strip across Kate Moss’ eyes on the front.”

The exhibition, at Genoa’s Palazzo Ducale, Piazza Matteotti 9, Genoa, Italy will run until the 29th of March, 2020. Here’s a link to the show’s site – http://www.visitgenoa.it/en/evento/war-capitalism-liberty-artworks-artist-known-banksy

To find out more about Richard’s entire album art collection, you can read the complete interview on the ACHOF site via this link – https://albumcoverhalloffame.wordpress.com/2019/08/02/achof-featured-fan-portfolio-a-tour-through-collector-richard-forrests-favorite-album-covers/

c) BARON WOLMAN PHOTO SHOW, OPENED NOVEMBER 2 – Famed rock photographer Baron Wolman’s “Backstage Pass” travelling exhibit is now on display at the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, TX. This museum is perhaps best-known to rock music fans as having one of the better-curated collections of hometown heroine Janis Joplin memorabilia, and of course one of Wolman’s most-noted album art-related images is the photo of Janis and her fellow members of Big Brother and the Holding Company that’s found on the back cover of their iconic Cheap Thrills LP (he also shot her several times for early issues of Rolling Stone Magazine), so its easy to see why local fans would be eager to see this collection, which also includes many of Wolman’s famous photos of Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia and many, many others.

https://www.panews.com/2019/10/31/going-backstage-museum-of-the-gulf-coast-to-open-new-rock-and-roll-photography-exhibit/

https://www.museumofthegulfcoast.org/

https://www.museumofthegulfcoast.org/janis-joplin

So proud are the folks in Port Arthur about their Janis’ place in history that they are offering fans a unique memento of her history – a brick taken from the singer’s childhood home – only $54 including shipping – https://www.museumofthegulfcoast.org/product-page/brick-from-childhood-home-of-janis-joplin

d) CLASH SHOW OPENED NOVEMBER 15 – Whenever a recap of the most-notable rock music-related photos is published, the photo that most-nearly-always tops that list is the one black & white image that Pennie Smith took of Clash bassist Paul Simonon about to smash his instrument in frustration during a not-so-well received performance at New York City’s Palladium in September of 1979. The image would go on to serve as the cover for the band’s London Calling double LP, which also featured lettering by famed designer Ray Lowry, who borrowed style cues from an early Elvis Presley album to create his new masterpiece.

Now, in London at the Museum of London as part of a new exhibit titled The Clash: London Calling, fans can see 100+ unique pieces of memorabilia related to the band/this record, including Simonon’s broken Fender bass, studio/production-related notes from Mick Jones and Joe Strummer (including Strummer’s typewriter) and Topper Headon’s drum sticks which, according to the curator, are the only remaining items of Headon’s that remain from this time period. According to the show’s PR, “London Calling was and is a hugely compelling melting pot of musical styles, driven by a passion for action and a fierce political anger, with music and lyrics which remain as relevant today as they were on release. As well as showcasing influences and context for the writing and recording of the seminal double album, this new exclusive exhibit at the Museum of London will also examine how the capital influenced The Clash as they became the most popular British band of the 20th century.”

The show (free admission) runs through the 19th of April, 2020, with more details available on the museum’s web site at https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/news-room/press-releases/museum-london-host-clash-london-calling

So come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls, and get ye to this show while you can.

e) OPENED LATE NOVEMBER – It’s been 25 years since the release of the debut record by Oasis called Definitely Maybe (OMG!), and fans/collectors will soon be able to tour a 25th anniversary display of photography and memorabilia gathered by the band’s preferred photographer at the time – Michael Spencer Jones –that will be on display at London’s Archivist’s Gallery and h Club beginning November 23rd through January 12th, 2020. Spencer was on hand to both document the behind-the-scenes inner-workings of a band on a rapid rise to fame and produce the memorable album cover images and tour photos we’ve all seen and loved. The UK’s Standard provides us with a preview of the show – https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/unseen-photographs-oasis-exhibition-definitely-maybe-a4222796.html, and if you’d like to learn more about the details of this exciting review, please visit the venue’s site at https://hclub.com/london/

ONGOING Exhibitions/Gallery Shows –

a) ANDY WARHOL IN CHICAGO (Opened October 20) – The works of Pop artist Andy Warhol comes to Chicago – A show that’s drawn crowds and received rave reviews since its premiere at the Whitney Museum in NYC – Andy Warhol From A to B and Back Again – opened at Chicago’s Art Institute with a newly-curated collection of hundreds of the pop art master’s most-impressive works, including many from the museum’s vast collection. And yes, there will be a small collection of his album covers included in the display.

I had the chance to visit the Andy Warhol exhibit at Chicago’s Art Institute in early November and I have to say that the sheer scope of the show was mind-boggling. It was great to see so many examples of his early commercial work (ads, album covers, etc.) along with all of the “hits” (Elvis, Marilyn, Mao, soup cans, etc.). There were paintings, prints, films, books, an entire case of memorabilia/correspondence and much more.

I’ve put together a small photo show of some of the music-related items you’ll find – portraits of Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry and Aretha Franklin; photos/promo imagery featuring the Velvet Underground (and Lou Reed and Nico) and a compact display of a celebrity-drenched collection of covers from early issues of Warhol’s Interview magazine. You can view this show on the ACHOF Facebook page –

https://www.facebook.com/AlbumCoverHallOfFame/photos/rpp.375640709184505/2577208772361010/?type=3&theater

If you’re in the area between now and the show’s end date in late January (Jan. 26, 2020), you owe it to yourself to take a tour of this exciting display of pop art masterworks. Before your visit, you can learn more about what will be on display – running there through January 26, 2020, by clicking on over to the museum’s site at https://www.artic.edu/exhibitions/2937/andy-warhol-from-a-to-b-and-back-again

To give you some additional background info about the album cover art aspects of this show, I was fortunate enough to obtain some related info from super-collector/album art historian and curator Frank Edwards. According to Frank, “Specifically, included are The Nation’s Nightmare record (derived from an anti-drug radio program) from 1951; the Velvet Underground and Nico ‘Banana’ record from 1967, and The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers record from 1971. Additionally, the wonderful book produced for this exhibition includes images of Moondog’s The Story of Moondog (from 1957), the Velvet Underground’s White Light/White Heat record from 1968, as well as images from the magazine Aspen’s Fab issue from December 1966 (which included a “flexi-disc” record) and Andy Warhol’s Index Book (which he called “a children’s book for hipsters”), which also included a flexi-disc. Additionally, two of the portraits included in the exhibition or catalog were used for record covers – Aretha Franklin’s portrait was used for the record, Aretha, and the Debbie Harry portrait was used for Blondie’s Greatest Hits: Deluxe Redux.”

Frank also maintains an excellent blog (now part of the ACHOF “Resources” section) that I’d invite you all to read as well – Art Record Covers (Vinyl Record Covers by Renowned Visual Artists) – https://artrecordcovers.wordpress.com/

b) ONGOING – A show at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI looks to be a must-see for students of the art of the album cover. According to the press release for the show, “For the Record: Artists on Vinyl mines a unique vein of creative expression, the design of the record album cover and the use of phonographic recordings by artists as a vehicle for creative expression…This exhibition features more than 50 designs, many of which are paired with artworks, drawn from our permanent collection, by the same artist.” Most readers of this site know how often it is that now-famous artists either got their start in the album cover art business (Andy Warhol and Drew Struzan are prime examples of this) or, as musical and graphical artists are often on the same wavelength, how many successful collaborations there have been between music and art makers.

For the Record: Artists on Vinyl is organized by Cranbrook Art Museum curator Ian Gabriel Wilson, the Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow, with the assistance of the previously-quoted Frank M. Edwards, with many of the artworks on display drawn from the collection of Mr. Edwards. Previously, Mr. Edwards and his wife, Ann M. Williams, who serve on the museum’s board, were the principal sources for another Crankbrook exhibition – Warhol On Vinyl The Record Covers, 1949-1987+ that was on display there June 21, 2014 – March 21, 2015. Artists in the show include: Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Harry Bertoia, Salvador Dalí, Richard Diebenkorn, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Claes Oldenburg, Yoko Ono, Robert Rauschenberg, Bridget Riley, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, among many others.

For the Record: Artists on Vinyl can be found in the museum’s deSalle & Lower Level Galleries – now through April 19, 2020 – https://cranbrookartmuseum.org/exhibition/for-the-record-artists-on-vinyl/

c) ONGOING – While not specifically an album cover art show, there is a new show at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles that opened September 12th featuring the portrait work of Richard Ehrlich, a photographer whose five-year project meant to capture the emotional expressions of music-makers enjoying their favorite music – a project called “Face The Music” – was originally shared via several videos and a book of the same title that was published in 2016. According to the museum’s advance PR, “Face The Music” showcases Ehrlich’s artful shots of 41 musicians in a variety of musical genres. “To showcase these portraits, the GRAMMY Museum® proudly announces Face The Music, a new photography exhibit showcasing 41 legendary musicians including Quincy Jones, Ringo Starr, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Wayne Shorter, Iggy Pop, Esperanza Spalding, Herb Alpert, Sir Graham Nash, Sheryl Crow, RZA, Philip Glass, Emmylou Harris and many more, each who were photographed while listening to three pieces of music of their choice.” The samples I’ve seen are truly stunning examples of just how deeply music can touch anyone/everyone, so I hope that you’ll take the time to visit the exhibit during its run (through January 6, 2020). More details of the show are available on the museum’s web site –  https://www.grammymuseum.org/exhibits/traveling-exhibits/face-the-music – with more examples from the photographer’s portfolio available on his own site (including some of the aforementioned video clips) – https://www.ehrlichphotography.com/facethemusic; https://www.ehrlichphotography.com/face-the-music-video

BTW – Mr. Ehrlich does indeed have an album cover credit – he shot the cover for Steve Tibbet’s 2010 jazz/rock album titled Natural Causes – so I feel much better now about including this item in my summary.

d) ONGOING – The Sir Paul McCartney-approved show of his talented late wife Linda’s photography – spanning a career that began in the mid-1960s with a gig as a house photographer at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East venue and, over time, moving on to shoot portraits of music superstars including Eric Clapton, The Doors, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young (one of her photos of Young performing in 1968 at Canterbury House would later become the cover of a record called Sugar Mountain) and others (her photo for Rolling Stone Magazine’s May 11, 1968 issue was the first cover taken by a female photographer to appear in that magazine). After meeting Beatle Paul while covering the release of the band’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP and marrying him a couple of years later, it marked the beginning of a long and productive creative relationship as well – one that ended, sadly, with her death in 1998.

So, while she might not be with us, her portfolio lives on and is the subject of a show which has toured the world for the past 5+ years, with stops in Vienna, Montpellier and Seoul and is launching today at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow, Scotland – it’s first display in the U.K. and is on display now through the 12th of January, 2020. Simply titled “The Linda McCartney Retrospective,” the show was curated by the photographer’s husband, fellow musician Paul McCartney and their two daughters, Mary and Stella, and, according to the pre-show press, “It brings together dozens of Linda McCartney’s photos—from famous portraits of 1960s rock icons to more personal snapshots of her quiet home life with Paul—as well a trove of archival materials being shown in public for the first time, including cameras, her personal magazine collection, and even a diary from the ’60s.” More info is available at https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/event/1/linda-mccartney-retrospective

e) ONGOING, ENDING EARLY DECEMBER – Still on display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles is the show launched this past August built around memorabilia – album and advertising art, clothing, tour documents and lots of photos – taken from the archives of one of the music industry’s best-known concert promoters/artist managers, Jerry Weintraub and Concerts West – the man/team responsible for a number of memorable shows by  musical acts including John Denver, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, The Carpenters, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Rick James, Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, The Commodores, the Bee Gees, The Moody Blues, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and many others. While he’d begin his rise to the top of the entertainment business in the early 1970s, he’d expand his empire to include a long list of successful film/TV productions, including hits such as Oh, God!, Nashville, Diner, the Karate Kid movie franchise and the Emmy Award-winning TV documentary on global warming – Years Of Living Dangerously – among many others. This expansive look into the career of one of the best showmen in the business runs through early December, and you can learn more on the Grammy Museum site –  https://www.grammymuseum.org/exhibits/current-exhibits/jerry-weintraub-presents; https://www.grammy.com/grammys/news/jerry-weintraub-presents-exhibit-coming-grammy-museum

Artist News and Interviews –

Nothing much to offer this month – sorry…I’ll keep looking…

Sales and Auctions –

a) Gerald Scarfe selling his personal collection of The Wall memorabilia – As you saw in this article’s opening paragraphs, one of the world’s best-known commercial illustrators, Gerald Scarfe, has teamed up once again with the team at the San Francisco Art Exchange to sell some of his seminal works from Pink Floyd’s The Wall. You may recall that, back in 2017, Scarfe’s original painting titled “The Scream” sold for $1.85 million as part of a series of 11 works from The Wall sold that year. Two recent articles, one in Rolling Stone Magazine and another in Forbes, provide some additional background into what must be the year’s most-intriguing album art-related offers.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/the-wall-artist-gerald-scarfe-pink-floyd-archive-905710/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevebaltin/2019/11/23/qa-going-behind-pink-floyds-the-wall-with-artist-gerald-scarfe/

Further details of the amazing collection of Pink Floyd The Wall-related artwork from the collection of the artist Gerald Scarfe have been posted by the nice people at the San Francisco Art Exchange, with one grouping of imagery from Scarfe’s work done for Roger Waters’ in 2010 for his live staging of The Wall (which includes sketches, watercolors and hand-drawn lyric pages) and the other from the late 1970s/early 1980s, when Gerald created the original visuals for the album, film and live concert productions. According to Jim and Anna from SFAE – “We’ve worked closely with Gerald over the past two and a half years representing several of his most famous paintings and drawings with extraordinary success.  During that time, we’ve collaborated with him in setting the worldwide record price – $1.85 million – for the original painting for the “Scream” movie poster for the film The Wall.  While we’ve had such a wonderful reception to his work, Gerald, now at 83, has asked for us to look to find a collector, or collectors, who would acquire all or a major portion of his collection.  This could happen in any number of ways including the possibility of one collector or entity acquiring the entire archive for purposes of touring or museum/institutional presentation, or numerous collectors acquiring aspects of the collection either individually or as a curated selection of works.  Gerald very much wants his artwork to be in the homes of those who share his love for the art and the music…To begin the selection discussion, I’ve included links to two catalogs below which include numerous of his best known images.  These are paintings, drawings and the famed The Wall Commemorative fine art print that was specially created for the first-ever exhibition of his work here in our gallery during the summer of 2017.  Prices for the pieces are available over a very broad price range from several thousand to over a million $$ for the most famed paintings.”

Group 1 – Waters Tour of The Wallhttps://sfae.com/ECommerceSite/files/12/1287b8ba-3a69-443d-9c72-fa631ff418ad.pdf

Group 2 – Original Album, Film and Concert Production elements for The Wall – https://sfae.com/ECommerceSite/files/12/1287b8ba-3a69-443d-9c72-fa631ff418ad.pdf

https://sfae.com/ECommerceSite/files/37/3713bf58-1f95-4378-b22e-add7623431a1.html

BONUS material – Here’s a video I found on the ArtDaily.com site (titled “A Life Less Ordinary”) produced by the folks at the Sotheby’s art auction house – to coincide with their own auction of some of Gerald’s production elements from the making of The Wall, in which Mr. Scarfe muses about politics and Pink Floyd while giving us an insider’s look at his studio – https://artdaily.cc/?date=11/19/2019#video

b) NEW GALLERY – I recently learned about a new online gallery that specializes in selling fine art prints of well-known album covers, and that this gallery was also planning on sponsoring a series of “pop-up” gallery shows in Paris that I understand might be of great interest to collectors in that part of the world, so here’s some preliminary info (with more to come ASAP). Called Le Nouvel Opera, the gallery’s CEO and founder, Gilles Soulier, is an experienced art director (owning an ad agency by the same name, serving clients including Sofitel and Carlsberg), film director as well as a guitarist, so this gallery seems to be quite the passion play…You can learn more by visiting the online gallery at https://www.lenouvelopera.fr/ (in French) and, for you English speakers, by reading an article recently posted on The Eye of Photography site – https://loeildelaphotographie.com/en/event/the-masters-of-rock-art/

c) Auction sales results – The people at the Gotta Have Rock And Roll auction site recently held one of their “Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auctions” (with bidding taking place November 13 – 22) and I found a few things that were up for auction that were of interest to album art collectors, including:

–  a portfolio of signed/numbered artist proof prints (18 cover prints in all – examples include Cream’s Disraeli Gears, Blind Faith, Supertramp’s Breakfast In America and many more classic images) from the original early 90s “Record Art” collection (unsold, after asking for an opening bid of $10,000);

a 12 x 12 print of photographer Danny Clinch’s shot used on the cover of Don Henley’s Cass County record, autographed in silver pen by Mr. Henley himself (unsold, even after a low minimum bid $100);

a signed/numbered print of artist Margo Nahas’  provocative “smokin’ baby angel” cover image for Van Halen’s 1984 album (bids started at $1,000, with the item left unsold) and, for those of you who like to own original production artwork, a portfolio of sketches and final ink drawings of the elements for both the record album and movie titles for Prince’s Purple Rain from the personal collection of the artist/designer, Jay Vigon. With a minimum opening bid of $30,000 for the set it, too, went unsold.

While the production elements and fine art prints failed to attract buyers, autographed items did much better, including a fully-band-signed copy of Beggar’s Banquet from the Rolling Stones (pre-auction estimate from $6K – $10K, selling for $10,123); a fully-band-signed copy of Queen’s A Night At The Opera ($4K minimum bid, selling for $5,857) and a rare 1981 tour-signed copy of Pink Floyd’s Animals album, signed by David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright on the inner gatefold in blue ballpoint pen, which achieved a $5,990 sales price after a $4,500 minimum opening bid.

https://www.gottahaverockandroll.com/catalog.aspx?searchby=3&searchvalue=album%20cover

New Products (Books, Prints, Other) –

a) George DuBose 2020 Calendars – former Spin/Interview Magazine photo editor and album cover photographer extraordinaire George DuBose recently announced that he has published – via his Cologne, Germany-based Wonderland Publishing company – four calendars featuring photographs of many of the musicians that he’s worked with over the years. Choose from calendars built around George’s portraits of early-1980’s Madonna (fronting The Breakfast Club playing clubs in the NYC area); Tom Waits (with photos taken during shoots for Spin and Interview magazines); “Rockers” featuring shots of the many New Wave bands DuBose worked with, such as The Go-Gos, B-52s, R.E.M. and others and a calendar featuring many of the old school hip-hop artists he photographed, such as Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Run-DMC and others.

These signed and numbered calendars (in editions of 500) are available for $33 each plus postage ($10 to the U.S., 5 Euros to addresses in Europe – up to 4 calendars can be shipped in the same envelope) by contacting him at boss@george-dubose.com or sending the appropriate amount to the same email address via Paypal.

b) 2018 ACHOF Inductee in the Album Cover Photographer category Lynn Goldsmith has been grabbing the news headlines in a couple of quite interesting ways lately. While one of those ways, involving her case against the Andy Warhol Foundation concerning Warhol’s use of a photo Lynn took of the late musician Prince, is worthy of an article on its own (MORE TO COME), the other way – particularly of interest to Holiday gift shoppers, is the limited-edition book (Before Easter After) released by Taschen featuring Goldsmith’s mesmerizing portfolio of images of rocker Patti Smith (you’ll recall the glamorous album cover image Lynn took for Smith’s 1978 Easter album) –  https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/music/all/66938/facts.before_easter_after_lynn_goldsmith_patti_smith.htm

According to the publisher – “With hundreds of unseen photographs and exclusive texts by Smith, this signed edition documents a transformative moment in the artist’s career and celebrates two greats whose creative partnership continues to this day.” There are three editions of the book available – one edition of 100 copies signed and numbered by both Smith and Goldsmith and packaged with an art print titled NYC, 1977 ($1,750); one edition of 100 copies signed and numbered by both Smith and Goldsmith and packaged with an art print titled NYC, 1976 ($1,750) and an edition of 1300 signed/numbered books (no print) available for $700.

c) Just in time for Holiday shopping, the nice people at the UK’s Hypergallery recently announced that they’re releasing a special edition “Schizoid Man” King Crimson print –  https://www.hypergallery.com/barry-godber/?  This image was one of the first inducted into the ACHOF’s “Individual Achievement Award” category and, sadly, this work – with the “Schizoid Man” on the cover and the “Crimson King” (AKA – Beelzebub) on the inside – would then be his only album cover painting. The original is owned by guitarist Robert Fripp, who remarked in a 1995 interview with French magazine Rock & Folk that the image reflected the music and, if you cover the smiling face, the eyes show an incredible sadness… Born in 1946, Barry Godber was an artist (trained at the Chelsea Art School in the U.K.), computer programmer and a co-worker of Peter Sinfield (King Crimson’s lyricist, lighting designer and art director) at English Electric/ICL Computers and was asked, after listening to several tracks on the record that Sinfield had shared with him, to contribute the cover image for the band’s debut album (released in October 1969 on Island Records). He painted the album cover, formally titled Portrait of 21st Century Schizoid Man, in 1969 but would never appreciate the impact the cover art would have because soon after the record’s release (in February, 1970), Godber died of a heart attack.

Movie trivia buffs will notice that this same image was re-created on a wall featured in the widely-panned 1987 film Surf Nazis Must Die, and King Crimson biographer Sid Smith has contributed a nice essay on the impact that Godber’s best-known work has had on album cover history since it began staring out a record buyers nearly 50 years ago.

Also, the gallery has announced the availability of two more Talk Talk album art prints by the supremely-talented artist James Marsh – https://www.hypergallery.com/talktalk?. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Marsh several years back about his work for the popular 80’s “post-rock” trio and how he brought his own unique surrealist approach to album art making to bear in covers for records such as The Colour of Spring and Spirit of Eden (among others) – https://albumcoverhalloffame.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/james-marsh-talk-talk-interview/

Works offered for sale by James Marsh/Hypergallery, Vinylux and George DuBose

 

 

 

 

 

See more of the things I found that I think album art fans might want to find in their stretched-into-weird-shape Holiday stockings in my annual compendium of this infohttps://albumcoverhalloffame.wordpress.com/2019/11/29/album-cover-hall-of-fames-2019-holiday-gift-buying-guide/

Miscellaneous Items –

a) ACHOF Sad News Posts – November was a particularly bad month with regards to the lives and legacies of iconic album cover photographers with the loss of two major figures in the arena, Robert Freeman and Terry O’Neill.

Freeman, who died in early November at the age of 82, was a photographer and designer, most famous for his five album cover photos for The Beatles, his design work on the end credit sequences of their first two films (Hard Day’s Night and Help!) and those films’ promotional and advertising materials. Having graduated from Cambridge in 1959, he first gained fame as a photo journalist on the staff of Britain’s The Sunday Times newspaper. While he’d worked for a couple of years shooting story assignments, in the summer of 1963 he was given the opportunity to photograph jazz great John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderly and others performing at a festival in London. He later contacted the press agent for The Beatles and was then introduced to the band’s manager Brian Epstein, who requested that Freeman put together a portfolio for his review. Robert included his beautiful B&W photographs taken at the jazz fest and immediately impressed Epstein and the band with the quality of his work. A week later, while the band was on the road, they met up with Robert and the relationship was established.

Freeman was given unprecedented access to the Beatles’ during the years 1963 to 1966 and shot many of the best-known photo images of them. He shot and art directed the album cover imagery for the band’s ’63 -’66 Parlophone (UK) and Capitol Records (US) releases, including With The Beatles, Hard Day’s Night, Beatles For Sale, Help! and Rubber Soul. He also received the commission to shoot the first-ever Pirelli Calendar (shot in Majorca, Spain 1963 for the year 1964), which, over the years, has been considered one of the highest honors in commercial/fashion photography, featuring the work of famed fine art photographers including Brian Duffy, Bert Stern, Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon and Karl Lagerfeld and including portraits of the world’s best-known fashion models. Freeman is also credited for the cover image for The Residents’ 1974 debut album Meet The Residents, in which he gave the Bay-area avant-garde rock band’s cover a very Beatle-esque treatment.

In 2015, former Beatle Paul McCartney posted a notice on his web site asking the public to help him preserve Freeman’s archive after the photographer suffered a stroke which left him unable to work. In an effort to offset the costs of his medical care and the maintenance of his photo archives, they began selling prints of a number of his photos, which can be viewed at http://www.freemanarchive.com/

After Freeman’s death, former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both posted tributes online, with Paul saying that Freeman was “imaginative and a true original thinker” and “was one of our favorite photographers during the Beatles years who came up with some of our most iconic album covers.” Mr. Starr tweeted “God bless Robert Freeman peace and love to all his family.”

More information available at – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Freeman_(photographer)

In late November, we received the notice that photographer Terry O’Neill, whose notable album cover credits include The Police – Police; Midge Ure – No Regrets; Paul McCartney – Give My Regards to Broad Street; The Who – Who Are You and Elton John’s Greatest Hits, among others, had died in his London home after a losing bout with prostate cancer at the age of 81. Born in July, 1938 in Romford, Essex (now London), U.K., young Terry had hoped to work as a musician before taking up photography and starting his career as a photographer for British Airways at London airports while also attending art school classes. A picture of a British politician sitting amongst visiting chieftains from Africa, shot as a homework assignment, introduced his talents to a local publication (The Dispatch), who asked him to work for them on a weekly assignment at the airport, photographing celebrities and dignitaries as they passed through Heathrow’s single terminal. Befriending another airport-based photographer from a competitive paper (the Daily Sketch), O’Neill was offered that man’s job after he was killed in a plane crash a few months later, and this served to launch his career.

This assignment gave him access to the music business elite at the time, with his portfolio including shots of The Beatles, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, The Who, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and many others. His photographs of Bridget Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, Sir Laurence Olivier and super-model Jean Shrimpton beautifully captured each in their prime. O’Neill was also invited to shoot portraits of civic and world leaders, as well as the British Royal Family, and his reputation as a result of these sessions grew accordingly.

Some of O’Neill’s best-known images are from a series of shots showing actress Faye Dunaway (his girlfriend at the time – later, his wife) at dawn on March 29, 1977, lounging with her Oscar statue near the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel the morning after her Academy Award win for Best Actress for her work in the film Network. One image from the series now hangs in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London.

O’Neill’s works are included in the collections of national galleries and private collectors worldwide. He has produced cover images for many publications, including for Newsweek, Paris Match, Stern, The Sunday Times Magazine, Time Magazine, Vanity Fair and many others. Books featuring his photographs include Legends (1985), Celebrity: The Photographs of Terry O’Neill (2003), Sinatra: Frank & Friendly (2007), All About Bond (2012) and Terry O’Neill (by O’Neill and Dylan Jones), released in 2013. A selection of his photographs of Elton John also appeared in the 2008 book, Eltonography.

Retrospective exhibitions of Terry O’Neill’s photographs have been held on three occasions at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, London, in 2006, 2010 and 2011. Other notable exhibitions were staged in 2009 at the Getty Image Gallery in the Village, London, and the San Francisco Art Exchange while in 2011, O’Neill both staged a show at the Leeds Gallery in the U.K. and was awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary medal “in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography”. Plans for 2013 exhibitions include shows in Paris, Cork, Los Angeles, Miami, Istanbul, London, Munich, Sao Paolo Brazil and New York.

Looking to find and promote new talent and create a platform for up-and-coming photographers, the Terry O’Neill Award program was launched in 2007 with the support of the photographic industry and sponsors including the Sunday Times Magazine, Remote New Media, Hotshoe Magazine, TAG Creative, F22/State Magazine, Hungry Eye and The Strand Gallery. According to their website, “the Terry O’Neill/TAG Award is unique, as it is based around the series or the narrative; photographers must enter a minimum of 3 pictures a maximum of 6. The categories are open, so photographers can enter fine art, photo-journalism, still-life, portraiture, landscape, wildlife, fashion, in order that they can submit their current photographic practice. The judges are looking for the strongest series of work and for the strongest narrative…”

In 2019, O’Neill was awarded with Britain’s top honor for his services to the field of photography, being made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

To see more of this artist’s work, please visit his web site at http://www.terryo.co.uk/

That’s all for now – stay tuned and be on the lookout for timely news alerts on our news feed –https://www.facebook.com/AlbumCoverHallOfFame – we’ll be back when we can with another monthly summary for you.

Unless otherwise noted, all text and images included in this article are Copyright 2019 Mike Goldstein and AlbumCoverHallofFame.com – All Rights Reserved. All of trade names and photo elements mentioned or shown in these summaries are the properties of their respective owners and are used for reference only.

Album Cover Hall of Fame Breaking News Update for January 8, 2019

Album Cover Hall of Fame Breaking News Update

January 8, 2019

By Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 Best Art Vinyl Awards

Winners of the Best Art Vinyl Awards 2018 – Copyright 2019 Art Vinyl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amsterdam-based designer/artist Rahi Rezvani (http://www.rahirezvani.com/home/), perhaps best-known for his portfolio of designs for the Netherlands Dance Theater and other works with performance artist Marina Abramovic and Dutch singer Alain Clark, earned top honors in this year’s Best Art Vinyl Awards for his cover for British rockers Editors 2018 album Violence.

From the 50 nominees originally posted for voting last year, the 2nd place design award went to Tom Hingston (along with photographer Julia Noni) at the London-based Hingston Studio (http://www.hingston.net/) for their work on the cover of Cocoa Sugar, the third studio album by UK electronic dance band Young Fathers. Third place in this year’s competition went to the team at the Sheffield, UK-based design group The Designers Republic (http://www.thedesignersrepublic.com/) for their design work on Aphex Twin’s Collapse EP.

The awards were presented in ceremonies at the Hari Hotel in London, and you can take a look at all of this year’s nominees (along with the winners) on the Art Vinyl site at https://www.artvinyl.com/award-year/2018/

That’s all for now – back to you sometime soon with more on our favorite people working on our favorite album packages.

Mike G

Unless otherwise noted, all text and images included in this article are Copyright 2019 Mike Goldstein and AlbumCoverHallofFame.com – All Rights Reserved. All of trade names mentioned in these summaries are the properties of their respective owners and are used for reference only.

Album Cover Hall of Fame’s 2018 Holiday Gift-Buying Guide

Holiday Gift Suggestions for the Album Cover/Vinyl Record Lovers in your Life

 

Works offered for sale by (above, left to right) – Snap Galleries, UK, Vinylux and KnuckleBonz

As suggested by Mike Goldstein, Curator, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

Holidays, 2018

Well, it’s been five years since I published the first of what were supposed to be annual overviews of “artistical” things that, in my opinion, might make nice gifts for anyone who is a fan of album cover art and packaging. Of course, I could come up with several excuses as to why I’ve back-burnered this until now – my book project, my move from Portland to Chicago or my heavy drinking since November, 2016 – but suffice it to say that it wasn’t because I didn’t want to provide this information to you. So, if you’ll accept my apology, let me continue with what I hope is some valuable information in this update.

As I’m sure you all know, getting just the right gift for your loved ones at Holiday time can be such a puzzle – what with all of the advertising that bombards you from every direction and “Black Friday” now beginning sometime in mid-late July – that you’re left with little time and inclination to search for just the right thing when all you want to do is “get this over with”…

And, while I’ve been told never to buy “art” for others, because of the link between music and art, buying a gift for lovers of album cover art has never been so simple. As you’ll see by the list of companies that specialize in album cover-related items of all types (and fitting all budgets), with a little research (“Hey Honey, who’s your all-time favorite band?”) and perhaps a phone call or two, I’m feeling pretty confident that you’ll be able to locate and secure a gift that will be long-appreciated by its recipient. Who knows, maybe it will start a tradition in your family!

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Album Cover Artist And Art News Summary And Preview For October/November, 2018

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ALBUM COVER HALL OF FAME’S ALBUM COVER NEWS RECAP FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, 2018, WITH PREVIEWS FOR NOVEMBER.

BY MIKE GOLDSTEIN, ALBUMCOVERHALLOFFAME.COM

Let me be straight with you – with both the upcoming mid-term election here in the U.S. and this year’s nominating/voting process for the Album Cover Hall of Fame Class of 2018 dominating my time, I really have only had the chance to gather a small selection of album cover artist/art-related news tidbits for you (and I’m even late doing that) so, without any further delay, here are those highlights, for your weekend reading pleasure (as always, I ask that you please share this info with everyone you know who are fans of great album cover-related talent and, of course, your comments and feedback are quite welcome):

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Album Cover News Recap – January 2014

Album Cover News Recap – January, 2014 – by Mike Goldstein, Curator, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

Wow – quite the month in news and info on album cover art, artists and exhibitions! The Grammys highlighted the talents of two strong design teams, while a number of exhibitions opened featuring the work of a whole host of talented designers, artists and photographers. With more (young) folks finding out for themselves about the joy of listening to music on LPs, they’re also getting to take advantage of the nice packages their favorite music is delivered in. It’s great to see and something I’m hoping continues on an upward trajectory.

In case you missed my daily postings this month, here’s a link to a page with a recap of the best articles I’ve seen lately –

January 31 – Sometimes, it seems that for every serious piece of artwork created as an album cover there’s someone spoofing it in a blog, Tumblr or Pinterest site. This one, though, just appealed to me and so I thought it necessary to share it with you. As a fan of metal music, I tend to appreciate the intricate details of the often-grandiose – and occasionally disgusting – works of art created for metal album covers but, you have to admit, sometimes they’re a bit over-the-top (no!!) and some could really use a little lightening up. Well, it seems that I’m not the only one that thinks this, and so I invite you to visit the “Metal Albums With Googly Eyes” Tumblr – you’ll be glad you did! Can’t wait to try this on some of my own favorites… http://metalalbumswithgooglyeyes.tumblr.com/

January 30 – The talented team at Backstage Studio Design – winners of this year’s Grammy for “Best Recording Package” for their work on the Reckless Kelly Long Night Moon record – were kind enough to provide a detailed “peek behind the curtains” of their creative process in crafting their award-winning package in this feature on their site – it’s an impressive undertaking, with many moving parts – no wonder that they impressed Grammy voters in this category! Enjoy – http://backstagedesigns.com/2013/12/10/reckless-kelly-long-night-moon/

January 29 – Two noted album cover image creators are featured in today’s news –

1) Artist/Designer Milton Glaser has created a long list of iconic images, including the “I Love NY” (i.e., I Heart NY) logo and the beautiful multi-color poster of Bob Dylan packaged in his 1966 “Greatest Hits” record. Now, working with the print publisher/gallery Rock Paper Photo, Glaser is offering prints of newer images, including a stunning psychedelic prints of Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson (reasonably priced starting at $200) – http://www.rockpaperphoto.com/milton-glaser?utm_source=Eblast&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Beatles64012814

2) ACHOF-inducted photographer Annie Leibovitz‘s traveling photo exhibition titled “Pilgrimage” will be opening Feb. 8 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL. Over 70 photos are included in the show, including shots of national parks, Thomas Jefferson’s home and Elvis Presley’s motorcycles. The exhibit will be up through the summer – here’s more info as presented on the KFVS Channel 12 web site – http://www.kfvs.com/story/24571489/leibovitz-photography-exhibit-opens-in-springfield

January 28 – Fans of punk music, style and thought should make a beeline over to the Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia between now and the Ides of March (3/15) to see the new exhibition there titled “Pretty Vacant: The Graphic Language of Punk”. Consisting of hundreds of posters, flyers, album covers and other related memorabilia, the display was sourced from collector Andrew Krivine and will be supported with lectures, films, punk karaoke and a host of other activities. The gallery has a number of great photos up from their opening night that show the impressive displays – if anyone in the area goes, please be sure to share your photos with us – more on this at http://artdaily.com/news/67708/The-Galleries-at-Moore-College-of-Art—Design-open-a-survey-of-punk-and-post-punk-graphic-design

January 27Creative Review writer Rachael Steven has given us fans a very nice summary article of the nominees and winners in both album art-related Grammy categories – so much so, I don’t feel that there’s much more to add (thanks, Rachael!). I’m hoping to get interviews with both winning teams but, until then, here’s the scoop – http://www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2014/january/grammy-packaging-awards

January 27, #2 – All of the Grammy excitement distracted me from showing you the latest work from another classic album cover designer. Judas Priest fans know and love Roslaw Szaybo‘s memorable work – he designed the band’s logo and the razor blade cover for British Steel – and now the 80-year-old designer has created another heavy metal masterpiece for an upcoming release for the band Scream Maker. Read more about it on the Blabbermouth.net site – http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/artist-behind-judas-priests-iconic-british-steel-album-is-back-in-heavy-metal-game/

I’d like to see the size of the aspirin this guy must have to take for the pain!

January 26 – The 2014 Grammy  winners for the two album cover/packaging-related categories we cover have been announced, and the winners are:

1) The Grammy for “Best Recording Package” was won by Art Directors Sarah & Shauna Dodds for their work on Reckless Kelly’s “Long Night Moon” (released on No Big Deal Records), and

2) The Grammy for “Best Boxed or Special Limited-Edition Package” was won by Simon Earith & James Musgrave for their work on Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Wings Over America – Deluxe Edition“, done for Starbucks’ Hear Music label.  Certainly a Beatle-happy weekend (with the band honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award – 50 years of music)!

Let’s give a hearty shout of “Congratulations!” to the winners and all of the nominees not chosen this year – keep up the good (great) work!

Read more about it on the Grammy.com site – http://www.grammy.com/nominees?genre=22

January 24

1) Here’s a link to Part 2 of the PBS special feature on album cover artist Joe Garnett, the man responsible for some of the artwork for musical acts including The Doors, Alice Cooper and – my favorite – the spacey Captain Beyond lenticular cover. A fascinating artist – you must see some of the things he’s been working on lately – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk9q54i7KnY&feature=youtu.be

2) Photographer Roberta Bayley, best-known for her album cover shots for a number of seminal NY punk acts, has remade her iconic cover photo for The Ramones’ debut album into an amazing new image that’s being used as part of a calendar to raise money for the non-profit that maintains NYC’s Washington Square dog run. You simply HAVE to see this – it’s about as punk as it gets! http://thevillager.com/2014/01/23/photographer-goes-from-punks-to-pugs-for-a-dog-runs-aid/

January 23 – Now, that’s a fine collection of album cover art! Happy to announce the posting of our newest “Featured Fan Collection” article, which highlights some of the fine album cover/music artwork included in the collection of Hypergallery director Rob Smeaton. In addition to managing the very-cool collection at Hypergallery.com, Rob’s been involved in the publishing of a number of fine album art prints for a number of well-known artists and musical acts, so it is a pleasure to be able to see some of his own favorites as well. We’ll be working on more of these articles this year but, in the meantime, feast your eyes (and try not to be too jealous) – https://albumcoverhalloffame.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/featured-album-cover-fan-collection-hypergallery-director-rob-smeaton/

January 22 – This is the sort of thing that I’m hoping to see more of as time goes by – following up his recent appearance on SNL, Canadian artist Drake has created a site – based on the highly-praised album cover art featured on his Nothing Was The Same record release – that reflects your local weather conditions in the background image (!!). As reported on the Spin.com web site by writer Marc Hogan, the backgrounds can show rain, drizzle, sun, etc. I’m wondering what they’ll do to upgrade the site if/when he walks away with one or more of the Grammy Awards he’s nominated for – perhaps the expressions on the baby/adult images will show wide grins? Try it for yourself – here’s a link to the story http://www.spin.com/articles/drake-weather-forecast-new-york-nothing-was-same/

January 21 – Some days, I’m amazed at the variety of album art-related news stories I get to report on. In today’s bag –

1) Photographer Elliott Landy released a new video where he gives us fans of The Band a look behind the scenes while he was shooting photos for Music From Big Pink. Included are candid photos of the recording session and the band members goofing around near the house. It’s brief, but the visuals are very impressive – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1238043057/elliott-landys-photographs-of-the-bandthe-book/posts/724822

2) Great news for fans of Lady Gaga in China – she’s been removed from the government’s blacklist, allowing her latest records to be sold again, although with somewhat-edited album cover images and song titles. The article on the News.com.au site also includes a video of Gaga flying her new dress (that was not a typo) – enjoy – http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/music/china-lifts-gag-on-lady-gaga-allows-her-album-artpop-to-be-legally-sold-with-changes-to-cover-art/story-e6frfn09-1226807055059

January 20 – Two stories about album cover inspiration from two talented cover producers –

1) Daniel Murphy, designer for the Secretly Label Group, is featured in a nice interview article by Piet Levy in the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal. Daniel’s done covers for Bon Iver, Dinosaur Jr., John Cale, Swan Lake and many others and talks about his path to album cover art stardom – http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/d3fd773f9df04558bf8dcbaf100578fd/WI–Album-Cover-Art/#.Ut2dExDTkrg

2) Now featured in a retrospective show at the Morrison Hotel Gallery (in the lobby of the Sunset Marquis Hotel in LA) to go along with the release of his book “Unpainted Faces“, photographer Henry Diltz shares stories behind his iconic cover photos for The Doors, CS&N, The Mamas & The Papas and many more. Still going strong at 75, Henry recently photographed Ringo Starr in Las Vegas and still plays with his old band mates from the Modern Folk Quartet. Read reporter Diane Bock’s story on The California Report site – http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201401171630/e

January 17 – Use your artistic skills to create an album cover for some of your favorite musical acts and, at the same time, help raise money for a great cause. The folks running the Secret 7″ album art competition have released the info on the musical acts – including Black Sabbath, Lorde, Roxy Music, T-Rex and others – who’ve agreed to lend their music to this fund-raiser for the War Child charity. A number of world-renowned artists have contributed their designs in the past, so why not take a look and join the list. You have until February 19th to enter, with an auction of all of the entries (up to 700 of them) taking place in mid-April at London’s Mother London gallery. More details via this article on the Creativity Online site – http://creativity-online.com/news/mother-invites-creatives-to-design-an-iconic-record-sleeve/290991

January 16 – Tell us about the album art/posters/photographs you have in your personal collections and you could be featured in an article on the ACHOF site!. We just launched a new feature area on the site called “Featured Fan Collections” which will include articles on the personal collections of album cover/music art fans from all over the world. The first article focuses on selections from everyone’s favorite ACHOF Curator (hey, that’s me!) which, hopefully, will provide some insight into the what’s and why’s of including rock art in a fine art collection. Will it explain why I see no problem displaying Prog Rock album cover art next to WPA-era examples of Early California Modernism? Perhaps but, in the meantime, I hope you’ll take a look at this and, if so motivated, use the handy form at the end of the article to send in info on your own collections for consideration in an upcoming article – https://albumcoverhalloffame.wordpress.com/achof-resources-main-page/achof-resources-featured-fan-collections/

January 15 – People’s creativity never ceases to amaze me, and when they use that creativity to produce something album cover-related, I’m all the more impressed. While I know that I’ve seen some examples of album cover re-creations done with Legos before, I’ve never seen a collection as comprehensive – and as well-done – as the one featured in this article by Caroline Taylor on the Paste Magazine site. The fact that these were done by a 17-year-old is also quite impressive. Feast your eyes, and share with your friends – http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/awesome_of_the_day/2014/01/album-art-made-from-legos.html

January 14 – Two items for today –

1) Sad news – the quite-excellent graphic artist Gary Grimshaw, best-known for his psychedelic posters for Detroit-area artists and venues, died on Monday at the age of 67. While he didn’t do a lot of album covers (his cover for Iggy Pop’s 1988 album Instinct is a good example of his style), his posters for Mr. Pop, the MC5 and many famous visiting acts at the Grande Ballroom have been prized by collectors for years. His work will live on – details on the Dangerous Minds site (thanks to Mark Kellogg for the head’s up on this story) – http://dangerousminds.net/comments/detroit_psychedelic_rock_poster_artist_grimshaw_dead_at_67

2) The works of photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker are the subject of a new exhibition at LA’s KM Fine Arts Gallery titled Bob Marley: I and Eye that is running now until February 18th. The wife of Jeff Walker, who was Island Record’s head of PR in the 1970s, accompanied her husband on trips to the islands and took a number of great shots of the leading reggae musicians there, including Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Burning Spear and a whole host of others. To find out more about the exhibition, curated by Cali Thornhill Dewitt of the Teenage Teardrops label, please take a look at this release on the ArtDaily web site – http://artdaily.com/news/67442/-Bob-Marley–I-and-Eye–The-Photos-of-Kim-Gottlieb-Walker–1975-1976–opens-at-KM-Fine-Arts

January 13 – Now’s your chance to help Popular Photography magazine update their “100 Best Album Cover Photos” list, which was last updated a few years back. While the current #1 – Andrew W.K.’s quite-bloody “I Get Wet” – certainly was a memorable photo, it’d be interesting to see what folks think today, based on a number of interesting new covers that premiered during the past few years (not including, hopefully, the cover photo for Mr. Springsteen’s new album – sheesh!). Add your own comments on the PopPhoto site – http://www.popphoto.com/photos/2013/12/100-best-album-cover-photos-ever-help-us-update-our-list

January 10 – Very happy to announce the publication of my new interview with Grammy-winning (and, again this year, nominated) designer David Turner about the impressive album cover/package he and his team created for Lou Reed and Metallica‘s 2011 release Lulu. As always, I’m impressed with the creativity and technical prowess of designers like David who, working with a wide variety of clients, continue to dazzle us with their work. Lots of nice photos accompany the article, including one with Lars Ulrich and photographer Stan Musilek hamming it up at an art exhibition (art is supposed to be fun, right?). Enjoy the read and please share with your friends and fellow album art fans – https://albumcoverhalloffame.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/interview-with-david-turner-the-making-of-the-lulu-album-cover/

January 9 – Here’s an interesting discussion between photographer Chase Jarvis and his client, Mario Andreoni of the band !!!, about how a band decides how best to develop album cover imagery for their record releases. The band licensed a photo taken by Jarvis for the cover for their album titled “Thriller” (on the Warp Records label), which went on to be nominated for a Best Art Vinyl award this year. If you’d like to learn more about how a band works with both their label and a team of visual artists to create the “perfect” cover for their music, follow the link to this post on Chase’s site – http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2014/01/for-photographers-musicians-how-to-shoot-design-award-winning-album-cover-art/chk-chk-chk-cover_front/

January 8 – Album cover imagery continues to inspire articles on pop culture sites…in today’s installment, VH-1 writers Jordan Runtagh and Ben Smith present a selection of 25 “ridiculously illustrated” record covers from all areas of the music world. Included in the list are covers by rockers such as Dio (featuring a priest being drowned by a demon), rappers including Redman and RZA and a whole host of others who were quite motivated to present their fans with more-than-memorable cover art. While I wish they’d provided a bit more commentary on how they made their choices, I do appreciate the collection as it introduced me to some covers I’d never seen before (and, in a couple of cases, hope never to see again) – http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2014-01-07/the-most-ridiculous-illustrated-album-covers/

January 7 – Album Cover Licensing News – Shoe-maker Converse is partnering with Black Sabbath to produce a new series of Chuck Taylor All-Stars featuring cover art from the hit records Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Never Say Die! and Vol. 4. The shoes also feature special details such as stitched band logos and graphic lining. This is the band’s second collaboration with Converse. Read more about this on the Blabbermouth site – http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/black-sabbath-partners-with-converse-for-new-footwear-collection/

and then get behind me in line…

January 6 – Not sure exactly when this article was written, but it’s a nice read – writer Bill Demain gives us (via his column on Mental Floss) the (short) stories behind 22 of your favorite album covers.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/52066/stories-behind-22-classic-album-covers

Of course, if you’d like to read more (long-form) stories like these – say, about the making of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moonhttp://rockpopgallery.typepad.com/rockpop_gallery_news/2007/05/cover_story_dar.html

or artist Mick Haggerty (winner of a Grammy for Supertramp’s Breakfast in America) and his work on the Go-Go’s Vacationhttp://rockpopgallery.typepad.com/rockpop_gallery_news/2007/09/cover-story-the.html

please feel free to read these on our archive site….

January 3 – The results are in, and the winner of this year’s “Best Art Vinyl” award goes to…artist Michael Kagan, whose oil painting used on the cover of White Lies’ record Big TV was the top vote-getter this year. Second place went to artist Paul Jackson for his cover for Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip’s Repent, Replenish, Repeat. To read more about the competition and to see the complete list of this year’s winners, please visit the Art Vinyl site at http://www.bestartvinyl.com/news-item/7.html

January 2 – The popular TV tattoo competition show “Best Ink” recently tested their contestants in an “Album Cover Flash Challenge“, asking them to create cover art for a new release by the band Plague Vendor. Host Pete Wentz brought them to the Viper Room in LA and tasked them to quickly develop artwork that would set the band’s new music apart and, based on what I saw of the artwork they created, I’m surprised that there aren’t a lot more tattoo art-based album covers (as opposed to tattoos based on album covers, like the Uriah Heep “Magician’s Birthday” art I carry around personally). Here’s a story written by Abbey Zelko on the Penn Live site, with abundant details and photos of the work (no spoiler here) – http://www.pennlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/01/best_ink_episode_4_recap_pain.html

January 1 – To start the New Year off with a bang, I’d like to share an exciting discovery I made today – the album cover work of Montreal-based artist Shane Turner. Here’s a short video he produced of him creating the cover painting for Citabria‘s upcoming release titled Exit Reality. It’s really cool to see the image come together, and even more exciting to see it done freehand! While I wasn’t familiar with Shane’s work, I am a fan now! Here’s a link to his web site – http://www.shaneturnerart.com/p/about.html and here’s a link to his video on YouTube – http://youtu.be/ZSVpN8KneUI

Enjoy!

Gift suggestions for the album cover lovers in your life

Gifts for fans of Album Cover Art

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As suggested by Mike Goldstein, Curator, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

Holidays, 2013

Getting just the right gift for your loved ones at Holiday time can be such a puzzle, what with all of the advertising that bombards you from every direction, leaving you with little time and inclination to search for just the right thing when all you want to do is “get this over with”…

And, while I’ve been told never to buy “art” for others, because of the link between music and art, buying a gift for lovers of album cover art has never been so simple. As you’ll see by the list of companies that specialize in album cover-related items of all types (and fitting all budgets), with a little research (“Hey Honey, who’s your all-time favorite band?”) and perhaps a phone call or two, I’m feeling pretty confident that you’ll be able to locate and secure a gift that will be long-appreciated by it’s recipient. Who knows, maybe it will start a tradition in your family!

Enjoy the hunt (and seeing the smiles of gratitude from your Honey, too).

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Best Art Vinyl 2012 Award Winners Announcement

THE TEMPER TRAP, KEANE AND MUSE WIN
THE BEST ART VINYL 2012 AWARDS FOR
ALBUM COVER DESIGN

Best Art Vinyl, 2012, winner,

Best Art Vinyl 2012 Winning Designs

 

 

 

 

 

January 10, 2013: The Temper Trap’s self-titled LP, Keane’s Strangeland  and The 2nd Law by Muse won the top three spots in this year’s “Best Art Vinyl 2012″ awards polling.  Gallerist/manufacturer Art Vinyl, together with Front Room at St Martin’s Lane, London (where an ongoing exhibition of the winning designs, along with those by the other nominees, continues through January 27th), made this announcement today after tallying more than 12,000 votes from fans of art, photography and graphic design relating to modern music culture.

The 2012 winners display a diverse mix of art and design, beginning with The Temper Trap’s strikingly beautiful photographic cover, designed by Alberto Seveso and the London-based Boat Studio. Strangeland also features a quietly beautiful photograph by Alex Lake, whilst the stunning design of The 2nd Law depicts a captivating full colour image of the connections in a human brain, courtesy of the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at UCLA. According to Best Art Vinyl founder Andrew Heeps, “For eight years now, Art Vinyl have championed the diverse, the vibrant and the different creative styles that still exist in record cover art and design. This year we feel we have really achieved our aim and brought the public’s attention to some amazing sleeve designs, and, notably, some creative photography with this year’s winner.”

Now in its 8th year, this unique award is now an important date in the music industry calendar and compiles the global opinion on art and design for each year.  In January 2013, the winners of the Best Art Vinyl 2012 award will be featured in exhibitions in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia as well as on www.artvinyl.com. All of the designs will be displayed in the unique Art Vinyl Play & Display Flip Frame which allow instant access to the music and inner sleeve designs.

Best Art Vinyl 2012 Top 10 Vote-getters:

1. The Temper Trap – The Temper Trap
2. Keane – Strangeland
3. Muse – The 2nd Law
4. Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral
5. White Lung – Sorry
6. Enter Shikari – A Flash Flood of Colour
7. Saint Etienne – Words and Music
8. Richard Hawley – Standing at the Sky’s Edge
9. Jack White – Blunderbuss
10. The Hives – Lex Hives

Information on Top 3 Winners:

1st Place
Artist: The Temper Trap
Title: The Temper Trap
Record Label: Infectious Music
Designer: Photography and Artwork by Alberto Seveso, Design and Art Direction by Boat Studios
http://burdu976.com/
http://www.boat-studio.com/

2nd Place
Artist: Keane
Title: Strangeland
Record Label: Island
Designer: Photography by Alex Lake. Design and Art Direction by Tourist
http://alexlakephotography.com/
http://www.wearetourist.com/

3rd Place
Artist: Muse
Title: The 2nd Law
Record Label: Helium 3 (Warner Bros)
Designer: Neuro Images supplied courtesy of the Human Connectome Project, Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, UCLA. Band Photography by Travis Shinn
http://www.loni.ucla.edu/

This year’s winners provide some insight regarding their award-winning designs:

– Comments from 1st Place-winning designer Davey Spens at Boat Studio regarding The Temper Trap:

“Boat Studio worked with The Temper Trap to create an identity for their self-titled second album. We wanted to give the platinum-selling Australian band something more than a smart album cover – a visual identity that could run throughout the album campaign, visuals you could remove their logo from and it would still be unmistakably theirs.

Boat Studio collaborated with Italian artist Alberto Seveso to create the identity. Working with acrylic ink in water, he photographed a suite of images in a bold primary palette to run across single and album artwork. The campaign was created in two locations, from Alberto’s studio in Sicily and ours in London, where we created moving visuals.

The launch campaign surrounding the album had a heavy digital focus, so as important as creating static visuals; we wanted to bring the artwork to life in film. Shooting the ink unfolding in water in high definition we created a series of moving images that were eventually employed in the iTunes LP as the first ever moving lyrics booklet, and also formed a simple, hypnotic video for a leaked taster song from the album – Rabbit Hole, which clocked up over 800k hits on YouTube. Boat Studio creative-directed the album launch, and handled the promo, single and album packaging formats for the band, from 7-inch picture disks and Deluxe Casebound Albums to the gorgeous triple gatefold, double coloured vinyl LP.”

– Comments from Arthur W. Toga at the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, UCLA School of Medicine, regarding the imagery used on the cover of 3rd-Place winner The 2nd Law by Muse:

“The image is a rendering that depicts the connections in a human brain, the wiring diagram, if you will.  These images are made from data collected on a MRI machine and are part of a large project to map the connections in humans. I can only say that the distance between art and science is often very small indeed and that the beauty and wonder of the human brain and its inner workings inspires all of us that work to discover it.”

A quote from Andy Linehan, Curator of Popular Music at the British Library:

“I receive almost daily deliveries from record companies for our collection and recent years have seen a marked increase in the number of releases on vinyl by both major and independent record labels. In addition to the quality of sound, one of the major attractions of the vinyl LP is the sleeve art and it is great to see this being recognised and celebrated in this way.”

Best Art Vinyl 2012 Gallery Exhibition Information:

ART VINYL UK EXHIBITION

Front Room at St Martin’s Lane
45 St Martin’s Lane
London
WC2N 4HX
Tel: +44 (0)114 236 4355
Exhibition dates: 8th November 8, 2012 – January 27, 2013
http://www.stmartinslane.com/en-us/#/home

For information on St Martin’s Lane contact:
Kate Bell – kate.bell@purplepr.com + 44 (0) 207 434 7002
Eden Yates – eden@purplepr.com +44 (0) 207 434 7067

ART VINYL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS –

Mag Nation
155 King St
Newtown, Sydney
NSW 2042
Australia
Tel: 02 9516 0202

Exhibition dates: November 22nd 2012 – January 31st 2013
http://www.magnation.com

ONO ARTE CONTEMPORANEA
Via Santa Margherita, 10
40123 Bologna, Italy
Tel: 0039 051 6569105

Exhibition dates: December 6, 2012 – January 28, 2013
http://www.onoarte.com/html/gallery.html

Marten Art Vinyl Gallery
Chalmersgatan 24
411 35 Gothenburg, Sweden

Exhibition dates: November 18, 2012 – January 15, 2013
Tel: 0046 3120 7200
http://www.artvinyl.se

For more information on the Best Art Vinyl competition, please visit:
http://www.bestartvinyl.com/