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Album Cover Hall of Fame News Update and Summary for May, 2020

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Album Cover Hall of Fame News Update and Summary – May, 2020

Posted May 1, 2020 by Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

Greetings from my home office, a place where I’ve spent a good chunk of the last month sitting at my desk, reading emails and news stories and watching videos (both live and recorded) on a million different subjects. I’m trying so hard not to watch too much TV (I did, however, find a 9-show series produced in 2015 by Irish TV called Treyvaud’s Travels that left me longing to spend the rest of my life in SW Ireland – highly recommended) and I’ve read several books while stretched out in my comfy chair but, quite honestly, the one thing that’s perhaps made me the happiest – and something I did a lot less of when I was free to do whatever I wanted without catching the plague – has been staying in contact with some of the people I know around the world, getting their unique perspectives of how they’re living their lives and maintaining a positive lookout on life in spite of the hardships we’re all having.

Keeping this in mind, I still work hard to reserve time to continue typing like a madman to prep interviews, articles and news summaries for all my chums out there, most of who are, like me, stuck indoors. Accepting that my readers’ priorities are not so focused on what’s happening in the world of album cover art and packaging, I’m continuing to proffer a truncated-yet-informative summary document both to keep fans of album art informed and to prove that creative people are continuing to create and entertain while we ride this storm out together.

IMA Winners announced 4/28/20 in the Design Categories

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The 18th annual Independent Music Awards ceremony that was originally scheduled for June in New York City went ahead as an online showcase for this year’s top-ranked artists and music projects. On Tuesday, April 28th, the names of the winners in the Album Art/Photography and Album Packaging categories were announced, and they are:

In the Album Art/Photography category, the winner was Spanish artist Antonio Segura Donat (also known as “DULK”) for the cover he created for the record A Boat on the Sea for Moron Police

In the Album Packaging   category, the winners were the Taiwanese team of Jheng-Han Li, Hsin-Hung Chen and Hsiao-Yin Tai for the package they produced for Time by the Emerge House Band

This year marked the 18th time the IMAs – produced by the Music Resource Group – have been awarded to honor “the exceptional work of indie creatives from around the globe.” This year’s nominees included submissions from 73 countries on six continents, with the winners picked by a judging panel that included Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan, Robert Smith, Ziggy Marley, KT Tunstall, Dee Snider, Drowning Pool, Roberta Flack, Jaci Velasquez, Coolio, Joshua Bell, Beth Gibbons, Joe Satriani and many more indie creatives, top recording artists and industry influencers.

Our congratulations go out to all of the nominees and, of course, the winners of this year’s competition. If you’d like to see the complete list of packaging nominees, please visit https://independentmusicawards.com/the-18th-independent-music-awards-nominees/#design

To see the entire list of winners in all of the categories, click on over to https://independentmusicawards.com/the-18th-independent-music-awards-winners/

Exhibitions and Gallery Show Info –

UPCOMING OPENING?) Last month, I reported about a show taking place at the Mr. Musichead Gallery in Los Angeles featuring the works of album art design master (and 2019 ACHOF Inductee) Rod Dyer, and while most galleries are currently closed to the public, I did read some encouraging news that Mr. Musichead’s owner, Sam Milgrom, is partnering with LA restaurateur Phillip Camino to open a second location in a space adjacent to the Fellow Restaurant at 1073 Glendon Ave. in Westlake Village. Of course, the opening was postponed due to the CoronaVirus situation, but I’m told that we’ll hear more about this new art space soon. https://www.facebook.com/MrMusicheadGallery/

POSTPONED OPENING) The V&A curated show Revolutions: Records and Rebels 1966-1970…was supposed to premiere in the Grand Hall of the Museum La Villette in Paris in late April but has been postponed. https://en.lavillette.com/programmation/revolutions_e356

Originally staged at the V&A Museum in London from September, 2016 through February, 2017 and titled You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970, this revised showing “explores those extraordinarily innovative 5 years that shook the world.” According to the venue’s pre-show press, visitors will be invited to “immerse yourself  in the sounds of the most iconic artists of the era: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin… Take a trip from the streets of Swinging Sixties London, to the heart of the May ’68 demonstrations in Paris, passing by the Summer of Love in San Francisco, soaking up the Woodstock festival vibe. You will also discover the French artistic avant-garde, the designers who have forever transformed fashion, the iconic pieces of design, as well as the great advances of technology.”

To keep our whistles whetted while we wait (5 W’s in a row – an ACHOF record!), take a look in the Artist News and Interviews section below to read an interview about one of the great icons of rock and roll design that made its debut during this period – the Rolling Stones’ Lips and Tongue logo…

Artist News and Interviews

NEW FOR MAY) Another positive by-product of all this stay-at-homeness was illustrated recently when famed artist Roger Dean treated us to several live and recorded video sessions, including a selection of video interviews and live album cover painting sessions –

Preparing a new YES cover live in a studio session on Facebook – https://boingboing.net/2020/04/25/roger-dean-designs-and-paints.html

Discussing the Album Cover Album book series – https://www.facebook.com/rogerdeanofficial/videos/2563785600504659/

Dean and the folks from the UK’s Trading Boundaries Galleries were planning on hitting the road with YES and their travelling show (with Asia and others), setting up displays of Dean’s artwork for fans to view (and take home) at each stop along the tour – including a cruise and a stop near Chicago just for me (just kidding) but now, according to gallery Director Michael Clifford, “we are all in lock-down at the moment but busy behind the scenes improving online sales and events” like the aforementioned video sessions. One more thing to keep hoping for once the world begins its return to “normalcy” at some point…

NEW FOR MAY) Here’s an interview with artist John Pasche on the ArtDaily site regarding his work on the early versions of the Lips & Tongue logo for the Rolling Stones, examples of which are presented as part of the aforementioned Revolutions: Records and Rebels exhibition that was slated to open in Paris in late April – https://artdaily.cc/news/122669/How-the–greatest-rock-and-roll-band-in-the-world–got-its-logo

BONUS – Here’s John Pasche’s account of his first big gig as he gave it to me during a June, 2007 interview for this site –  https://rockpopgallery.typepad.com/rockpop_gallery_news/2007/06/index.html

NEW FOR MAY) The content pros working for the Morrison Hotel Galleries recently released three new interviews in their “Behind The Lens” series – Jay Blakesberg, Lynn Goldsmith and, on April 30th, David McClister – that can be viewed via the Morrison Hotel Gallery Instagram site. Each begins as an Instagram Live session (I saw the full Blakesberg session – really nicely done) and then is archived for viewing at your leisure. You can find an overview of the series, with links to the 13 episodes they’ve done so far, via this link – https://www.morrisonhotelgallery.com/blog/

NEW FOR MAY) I forgot to mention…as part of the ongoing interview series hosted by the folks at the Morrison Hotel Gallery on their Instagram site, I’d invite fans of Patti Smith to listen to photographer Lynn Goldsmith’s approx. five minute talk about the making of the noted cover for Patti Smith’s Easter LP (I still think of Gilda Radner every time I see this image – am I the only one?) – https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-5p110lQO_/?

NEW FOR MAY) No one is more entwined in the rise of the popularity of AfroBeat music than the late, great Nigerian musician Fela Kuti and, correspondingly, no one is more noted for his work in creating the visual aspects of Kuti’s career (including scores of album covers) than Lemi Ghariokwu, so it was so cool to see this recent video interview with Lemi on the CNN.com site – https://www.cnn.com/style/article/afrobeat-ghariokwu-fela-kuti/index.html

WELL, THAT WAS EMBARRASSING) Here’s a retelling of the story behind the cover for Black Sabbath’s Paranoid album, straight from the mouth of Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. They changed the name, but not the cover image (I mean, who would do that?) – https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/tony_iommi_explains_why_black_sabbaths_paranoid_album_cover_art_doesnt_really_make_sense.html

I SWEAR THAT I NEVER SAW THIS BEFORE) – Here’s a quick dive into some of the most-intriguing aspects of the late Michael Cooper’s psychedelic 1967 collage for the Rolling Stones’ Their Satanic Majesties Request, led by his Cooper’s son Adam. – https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/the-beatles-themed-message-hidden-on-a-rolling-stones-album-cover.html/  The band’s seemed competition with The Beatles drove them to do something quite captivating in order to make a statement regarding this better-than-it-seems relationship.

Items for Sale and/or at Auction

As you might imagine, shopping from home is being encouraged these days, so several galleries are working hard to earn your business (even though you can’t patronize these establishments in person) and other noted producers of rock art/imagery are tantalizing us with new books and merch as well…

NEW MARLEY) London-based shooter Dennis Morris is offering collectors a new set of prints based on some of his better-known images of reggae superstar Bob Marley – https://www.1xrun.com/run/dennis-morris-3-print-set-burnin-i-ii-iii/  According to Morris, “these three photographs were taken in 1974 on the infamous ‘Catch A Fire’ tour, which was the United Kingdom tour to promote the first album on Island Records. One evening on the tour, Bob and I were sitting and talking and Bob suddenly said to me: ‘Let me show you how to smoke a spliff, Dennis!’ There are only 3 shots, for obvious reasons!  The atmosphere was created naturally by the amount of smoke coming from the spliff which the camera picked up on. It was taken on my trusted Leica M3 with 35 mm lens – no flash, just available light!”

I did a little digging and found a couple of related interviews that’ll give you a bit more to chew on while considering whether or not to take a set home but understand, if you do, you’ll be adding three of rock music’s most-iconic images to your collection (move over Che poster – here comes Mr. Marley).

Interviews – https://onmilwaukee.com/music/articles/dennis-morris-marley-images.html and http://news.1xrun.com/catching-a-fire-with-dennis-morris-iconic-bob-marley-burnin-trio/

NEW FOR MAY) Ed Caraeff is a photographer, designer, illustrator and art director whose music industry credits in the 1960s and 1970s included hundreds of album covers for acts including Strawberry Alarm Clock, Mark Lindsay, Three Dog Night, Ten Years After, Linda Ronstadt, Van Morrison, Ambrosia, The Bee Gees, The Doors and many others. His photography has also appeared on the cover of  Rolling Stone Magazine and has been on display in exhibitions at  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the “Who Shot Rock and Roll” touring rock photo exhibition.

In 1980, Ed switched gears and has since spent his life as a chef, although requests to license his work continued, including one from Rolling Stone in 1987 to use a shot of Jimi Hendrix at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival for a cover of a special edition of the magazine. The photo would go on to become one of rock music’s most-iconic – the one of Hendrix kneeling “in prayer” in front of his burning guitar on the festival’s stage.

In 2017, Ed released a new book built on over 100 photos taken from his archive of Hendrix images shot while Jimi and his band was on tour from 1967 (when Ed was only 17 years old!) through 1969 that’s titled Burning Desire: The Jimi Hendrix Experience through the lens of Ed Caraeff, published by ACC Editions and, just recently, the team at the Modern Rocks Gallery in Austin, TX sent out notice that they were offering a new selection of Ed Caraeff prints to collectors, which you can now review at – https://www.modernrocksgallery.com/ed-caraeff

NEW METAL ART BOOK) I first became aware of the writing skills of author/heavy-metal music aficionado Ramon Oscuro back in 2015 after learning about his book And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers and the regular series of “making of” articles on the topic of metal music album art that appears on the Metal Underground site. As I wrote at the time, the book included the stories behind over 50 memorable metal covers and explored the enormous range of styles and subject material featured in those images.  In early 2019, Ramon released a limited-edition Volume 2 of his book – 252 illustrated pages of “exclusive interviews and comments by members of Judas Priest, Slayer, Soulfly, Amorphis, Testament, Carcass, Orphaned Land, Cannibal Corpse, Emperor, Candlemass, etc., and legendary visual artists like Costin Chioreanu, Eliran Kantor, Travis Smith, Dan Seagrave, Valnoir, and more.”

I’m now excited to report that, after the success of the first two volumes, Ramon is putting the finishing touches on AND JUSTICE FOR ART (Volume 3), the final book in the trilogy and one that, according to his email, will include about 500 graphics/images, 260 color pages, more than 100 exclusive band/artist interviews and the stories behind album covers for Iron Maiden, W.A.S.P, Metallica, Arcturus, Slayer, Oceano, Morbid Angel, Dimmu Borgir, Judas Priest, Vastirg, Katatonia, Moonspell, Kiss, Arch Enemy, Bell Witch, Fates Warning, Machine Head, Death, Black Sabbath, Dio, Theatre of Tragedy, Cradle Of Filth, Sabaton, Cattle Decapitation, Dream Theater, Throne Of Heresy, Amorphis, Unsane, Rush, Novembers Doom, Enslaved and many, many more…

Approaching the raising of funds for this book a bit differently than his last two projects – and to make it easy to say “yes” to his offer – Ramon is simply looking for people to commit (via email) to contributions of $10 dollars. In gratitude for your contribution, your name will be included in the book’s THANK YOU credits, you will receive a special exclusive gift after the book is released later this year and will get a 20% discount when you purchase the book. Simply send an email to him at andjusticeforart@gmail.com

With the phrase “YES, I WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE CAMPAIGN” in the subject line so he can continue building a list of potential contributors. I tried it – it was easy.  Whatever you might think of the subject material, there’s no denying the artistry often on display. There have been some beautifully-disturbing covers created in this genre, so it is nice to be able to better-understand – in the words of the people who produced these works – their underpinnings and back stories.

NEW FOR MAY) Keeping us for a minute on a topic that’d be of interest to those with a love for all things disturbing, metalheads will enjoy this preview of a new book by photographer Jeremy Saffer    – http://bravewords.com/news/renowned-photographer-jeremy-saffer-to-release-daughters-of-darkness-coffee-table-book-foreword-by-dani-filth-introduction-by-randy-blythe

Daughters Of Darkness (“a fine art corpse paint photo project I have been working on for one third of my lifetime”) features guest star apprearances including Cradle of Filth’s Dani Filth (who is penning the book’s forward), while Saffer’s friend – photographer and Lamb of God lead singer Randy Blythe – is writing the introduction. Pre-orders for an October, 2020 delivery being taken at https://rarebirdlit.com/rare-bird-presents?

NEW TRIP) Back in 1938, Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann became the first person to synthesize the psychedelic drug LSD and, as part of his testing, later took the drug himself so he’d be ever-so-aware of its effects on the human brain/ecosystem. On April 19, 1943, Hofmann famously took a dose and went out on a bike ride, documenting the results for posterity and, since then, the day’s been celebrated by fans of the drug wordl-wide as “Bicycle Day”. Hofmann would go on to develop other drugs (most famously, the psylocibin compound known by my peers as “magic mushroom”) and died in 2008 at the age of 102 (obviously, no long-term detrimental effects!). This year, in celebration of Bicycle Day 2020, a number of contemporary artists, including album art greats such as John Van Hamersveld, Shepard Fairey and Stanley Mouse, commemorate Dr. Hofmann’s life and the artwork his discoveries inspired in a suite of “Blotter Edition” art prints now available for sale on the 1XRUN site –  https://www.1xrun.com/collections/bicycle-day-2020/?  Artsy blotter papers have been available for years, but this year’s 70+ works of art from the 25 participating artists will take collectors to a higher plane. Priced from approx. $50 to $500 per print or set of prints, these works are selling out quickly, so I’d implore you to keep your wits about you and take a look before they’re gone.

More on the great Doctor and his work can be found in this interesting article – https://allthatsinteresting.com/bicycle-day-albert-hofmann

FUND-RAISER TO BENEFIT FIRST-RESPONDERS) One way a number of artists are showing support for the people putting their necks on the line for us during this pandemic is by selling prints of their works to raise money. In this example, photographer Mick Rock is digging into his portfolio to release prints of images that’ll be sold for the benefit of the U.K.’s National Health Service – https://happymag.tv/legendary-music-photographer-mick-rock-is-selling-rare-images-to-raise-funds-for-the-nhs/  New works from Mr. Rock, along with other participating artists such as Banksy, KAWS and others, are posted each week at https://www.west-contemporary.com/buy-art/

UP TO HALF OFF AT SFAE) With most retail galleries closed to visitors, some have been motivated to expand their online galleries and, in many cases, provide some additional financial incentives to buy online. For example, there’s a grand sale going on at the San Francisco Art Exchange, with the gallery offering  50% off on a selection of prints from artists/photographers including Ronnie Wood, Hatami, Hipgnosis/Storm Thorgerson, Klauss Voorman, Michael Cooper and many others (with most other art priced at 20% off regular retail) –


As a bonus, the folks at Goldmine Magazine also posted a podcast featuring an interview with SFAE partner Jim Hartley and famed artist/illustrator Gerald Scarfe, who not long ago turned to SFAE to help him do some spring cleaning in his studio (by selling a lot of his production artwork/elements used for Pink Floyd’s The Wall album cover and film).


Lynn Goldsmith – David Bowie: Hero photo print – courtesy of Brian Liss Gallery, Toronto










RE-IMAGINING BOWIE) There’s a fascinating new David Bowie print from photographer Lynn Goldsmith that’s now available thru the Brian Liss Gallery in Toronto. Titled David Bowie – Hero – Lynn has created a new image crafted from a number of shots from her portfolio that, according to Ms. Goldsmith, “reflects a truth, not a reality.” Lynn goes on, stating that she “felt David Bowie’s artistry causes us to consider how our lives fit into the grand scheme of existence for all eternity. These photographs reflect my response to who I think he is, who I want him to be, as well as how I believe others view this artist who constantly changed and sought to show the reality around us is made up of a reality that may not, in fact, be real…Everything about Bowie said something as to how each of us is intricately connected to the larger universe. He reminded us that thinking the physical world is all that matters is like living in one small room and believing there is nothing outside of it. He opened us to the powers of imagination.”

Fans can add this powerful image to their collections by selecting the limited-edition print in one of two sizes (framed) – the 16” x 20” version is priced at $2500.00 USD, while the larger (20” x 24”) version is priced at $3500.00 USD – and you can find this and many other of Ms. Goldsmith’s photo prints on the gallery’s  site at https://liss-gallery.squarespace.com/lynn-goldsmith  Lynn’s scheduled to be at the gallery for a special appearance in late May – please check with the gallery (which is currently closed to the public) on the status of that event.

Miscellaneous Items

OBITS) The careers (and lives) of two people with close ties to the album cover art world recently came to their ends with the passings of photographer Peter Beard, who shot the cover for Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk and toured with the Rolling Stones – https://www.vogue.co.uk/news/article/remembering-peter-beard and Mort Drucker, the MAD Magazine caricaturist who also had a number of album cover credits to his name, died at the age of 91 – https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/arts/mort-drucker-dead.html  Mort’s album art portfolio included images for 1988’s State of Euphoria cover for Anthrax, Dwight York’s 2009 album Quickies, and Motley Crue’s 1989 Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away), among others. My childhood would not have been the same without him, and his talents will be sorely missed.

GO GAGA GO) Details of some of the artists who worked on the cover image for Lady Gaga’s upcoming album – Chromatica, her upcoming sixth studio album – can be found in this recent article on the Vogue Magazine site. The record was supposed to have been released in early April but was pushed back while Gaga shifted her focus to raising money for institutions such as the World Health Organization and Global Citizen (such as the very-successful TV event “One World: Together From Home”, which raised millions). Now slated for release sometime in 2020, the album’s cover art shows Gaga sporting a Mad-Max-ish costume, the result of a lot of new work by several of the fashion industry’s leading lights. In the article, you’ll meet: Cecilio Castrillo Martinezis, a Spanish artist who works with leather and metal and Gasoline Glamour’s Shannon Coffield, who together created what may be the most-dangerous pair of shoes ever cobbled, and Australian artist Gary Fay, who contributed the ultra-menacing claws and mechanical fingers.


MORE ME TOO) About 20 years ago, the then-19-year-old Alicia Keys (just months away from the release of her debut album) was hired to model for an album cover and, in another example of  the insufferable attitude shown by some working in the entertainment business, suffered abuse at the hands of the photographer – https://pagesix.com/2020/03/31/alicia-keys-details-in-new-memoir-being-manipulated-by-photographer-at-19/  She details the experience in her recently-released biography More Myself and, as we’ve all seen, has worked hard (and with great success) to never again not be in charge of whatever situation she finds herself in.

WORK AT HOME) In early April, the Getty Museum kicked off a program that enticed stuck-at-homers to get creative with objects found in their homes, using them (and themselves) to re-create famous works of art. The Grammy Museum responded to the challenge by asking visitors to their Facebook page to re-create famous album covers (https://www.facebook.com/grammymuseum/posts/10158158812824603?__tn__=-R) and then, as you’ll see in this article found on the Junkee.com site, TikTok users responded (at #AlbumLookAlike) by shooting themselves setting up and then posing for their own reinterpretations of album covers by Beyonce, Sasha Sloan, Jonas Brothers and others – https://junkee.com/album-cover-art-meme-tiktok/252021  Creativity abounds when you’re stuck indoors, it seems.

SURVEY OF WARHOL ALBUM COVERS) I just hate these, but here’s another “Top 20”, this one built around the album cover works of Andy Warhol. I’m hoping that fans of the artist and his work in the genre take this with a grain of salt (or a pinch of snuff) – https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/andy-warhol-best-20-album-covers-lennon-rolling-stones/

IN THE “TAKING THE GENRE WAY TOO LITERALLY” COLUMN) While I’ve included a couple of items based around the talents of those artists working for clients in the darker corners of the music business, this one really is quite sad in a real way. A French-born illustrator/artist by the name of Jean-Pascal Fournier, who has a portfolio of work that includes band logos and over 200 album covers for artists such as Immortal (At the Heart of Winter, Damned in Black), Edguy (The Savage Poetry, Mandrake, Hellfire Club), DragonForce (Valley of the Damned), Avantasia (The Metal Opera, The Metal Opera Pt. II) and others, is quoted on his site stating that his aim in life is to “follow the path of his biggest all time influence in the history of painting, the venetian maestro Giambatista Tiepolo, for both the virtuosity and celerity that he represents”. Instead, in late March (reported in early April), the 47-year-old Grenoble-based artist was arrested following a suicide attempt in which he drove his car off of a cliff, that coming after he’d allegedly murdered and then disemboweled his 80-year-old father.  https://loudwire.com/metal-album-cover-artist-jean-pascal-fournier-accused-disemboweling-father/ There’s been little additional info published since the incident, but it was reported that he was disturbed that he couldn’t earn a good living solely from his artwork. To see more of his artwork…well, I’ll let you look for it.

ONE FINAL PLAGUE-RELATED ITEM) My chums Jacques & Co. at the Backstage Auctions house are using their down-time to produce/distribute a product that you might find useful during this period in our lives that we need to keep our hands extra-clean.

Working with their friends at Redwood & Co., they’ve just released a limited-edition hand sanitizing product ($14.95 for each 6oz. spray bottle, available only while supplies last, to US customers only) – “Rock Star Hand Sanitizer”.

According to their web site, “For use when soap and water are not readily available…Each bottle is lightly scented and contains 70% Isopropyl alcohol with blended moisturizing oils. Use to combat and help reduce germs that can potentially cause illness and/or disease.”

If you’d like to learn more about this product and pick up a bottle or two, here’s the link –


While some people (like me) have stayed carefully hidden at home, others have decided to use their time to bring solutions to some of our most-pressing problems at the present time and, for that, I bow deeply to Jacques and his team.

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.

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

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With the cool breezes of Autumn now upon us, we can all look back at the memories created this past Summer with a combination of happiness for the times spent with friends and family and with sadness for those who experienced the wrath of Mother Nature (you can still donate to provide some relief to those driven from their homes due to floods and fire – the folks at Mercy Corps continue their quest to bring better solutions and immediate assistance to those in need around the world – https://www.mercycorps.org/ ). With the mid-term elections soon upon us here in the U.S. (please do all you can to vote and help others to get registered and vote, too – click on over to Vote Save America https://votesaveamerica.com/ to find out how) and the Holiday season following soon after, it’s also time for the annual Album Cover Hall of Fame nominating and voting process to begin, so rest assured knowing that yours truly and my merry band of album cover gurus will be working hard to deliver a fresh crop of inductees to you by November’s end.

I’m  happy to share the news that, in spite of all of the distractions pitched at us by various media outlets and hyper-active Twitter feeds, there’s been a goodly amount of album art/artist-related news to review – more interviews, profiles, news about new books and prints, etc. – and as you’ve seen in my previous news summaries, all you’ll need to do is just read the summaries I’ve written and then click the links provided in order to be able to find out more about the details from sources from around the world on items featuring many of the world’s most-talented album art creators.

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Album Cover Artist And Art News Summary And Preview For February/March, 2018


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As a follow up all of the award-based excitement that took place in January, February proved to be no slouch as a source of album cover/cover artist-based news , with more awards-focused activities in the form of the announcement of the nominations in the packaging categories for the annual Independent Music Awards (IMA) and the calls for submissions to two more album cover art competitions. In addition to the competition and exhibition that is taking place this month in Oak Park, IL (which I’m honored to be part of), a similarly-built project is taking place in Brooklyn, NY in the upcoming months, as it the judging and announcement of the winners of this year’s international A Design Awards. All in all, a lot of talent will be on display and album art fans will find a lot to like in any/all of these shows.

An update about the launch of my book project – If all goes according to plans, I should be announcing the launch of my Kickstarter project before the end of March (OMG!). It will run for 33 days (I tried to get it to run for 33-1/3 days, but couldn’t quite make that happen) and, if successful, it should provide me with everything needed to get the new book designed, printed and shipped (along with any special rewards you’ve opted for) before the end of the Summer. The site’s ready, as are the pages on the ACHOF site where you’ll be able to see the rewards that’ll be offered at the various levels of support, so I just have to finish the obligatory intro video and we’ll be ready for prime time. Of course, I’ll make a formal announcement as soon as I can, so wish me luck and we’ll get this going just as soon as possible.

February’s news cycle rewarded us with a nice selection of interesting things to read and see in all the categories I summarize, providing you with new articles on the folks who are actively producing impressive album cover art and packaging. In the summaries I’ve written and via the links provided, you’ll learn more about the latest exhibitions, new books, prints and products and several interesting interviews and artist profiles, along with other related reporting from sources providing these details around the world.

With so much to read and see, such as information on album art shows in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand; profiles on album art-makers including photographers Roe Etheridge and Ellen Von Unwerth and Pop Art master Andy Warhol; a pair of nice podcasts including one from GOLDMINE Magazine  with rock art auction king Jacques Van Gool from Backstage Auctions and another with several of the judges from last year’s ALEX Awards (and the folks behind Record Store Day); an intro to a huge new book coming out soon by designer John Foster (titled ALBUM ART: NEW MUSIC GRAPHICS) that delivers an impressive collection of images, info and articles on the topic and, as always, a nice selection of articles on a wide range of topics such as the launch of a new album art database, what it’s like to work with your uncle – who also happens to be a noted comic book artist – on an album art project, a discussion about psychedelic album art and much, much more.

Of particular note was an article I found particularly uplifting involving a special fund-raising effort to help defray the immense medical costs incurred by noted Canadian album cover designer Michael Wrycraft as he battled an infectious disease that cost him his legs (but not his positive outlook on life).

As always, I ask that you please share this info with everyone you know who a re fans of great album cover-related talent and, of course, your comments and feedback are quite welcome.

1) Upcoming, recently-launched/currently running and just-closed show/exhibitions –

a) The judging is done – let the show begin! After receiving dozens of submissions for their Artifact 33.3 original album art competition, the Oak Park Art League’s panel of judges (including yours truly) has selected what it feels are the best entries from artists proficient in many areas of design, painting and illustration and will announce the winners – which will all be put up on display in the OPAL gallery in Oak Park, IL on Friday, March 9th during the opening reception of this show – titled Artifact 33.3: National Exhibition of Record Cover Art.

Artists were asked to submit original artwork for a fictional album by a fictional musical act and, after initial judging by the esteemed panel, a selection of these works are being professionally printed and displayed in 12”x12” frames for the exhibition at OPAL’s historic Carriage House Gallery beginning March 9th. An additional selection of works will be included in an online exhibit on OPAL’s website.

If you happen to be or live in the Oak Park, IL area, I’d like to invite you back to the gallery on Thursday, March 22nd from 7-8:30pm as I’ll be giving a presentation about some of the best-known album cover images and the people and stories behind them. I’ll be joined in this effort by some special guests who’ll be able to add their unique knowledge and opinions to the discussion…

I’m going to have a number of well-know album cover art prints – cover images for records by Supertramp, Aerosmith, the Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa and many others – up on display during the show’s run and will be bringing others just for this lecture, so please take a look at the special FB event page that’s been created and let us know if you can join us for the festivities that night.


Hope to see you there – please share this with your friends in the area as well…
If you’d like to learn more about the competition and/or attending the show or panel talks, click on over to – https://www.oakparkartleague.org/artifact-33-3

b) Scheduled to close in just a few days (March 3rd) is the comprehensive album cover art show that’s been on display at San Francisco’s Fraenkel Gallery since early January called Art & Vinyl: Artists & the Record Album from Picasso to the Present. As I’ve written previously about this show, curated by Antoine deBeaupre of Total Records fame, the 258 record covers in the Art & Vinyl collection look at covers that represent modern/contemporary art in all its forms. Antoine chose the records in this collection for a few reasons: they had to be created by the artist specifically for that album (no re-purposing of images that is); the artists are all well known figures; and all of the albums are first editions. Antoine searched exhaustively for certain albums that were quite rare (the Warhol banana cover for The Velvet Underground, for example).

If you haven’t had the chance to see the show in person, you can choose to either hop on over to the gallery between now and Wednesday or take a look at Taylor Dafoe’s nicely-written overview of the exhibition on the Artnet.com site –  https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/art-vinyl-album-covers-1224242 In either case, enjoy the visit.

c) A vinyl collector’s passion for the recorded music products released by musical acts from his own country of New Zealand served as the basis of an exhibition of 90 album cover art prints currently on display at that collector’s music shop in Sydenham. The store – Penny Lane – is owned by ex-Londoner Dave Howard who, according to writer Warren Feeney’s article on the show on the Stuff.co.nz site, has built “an enviable collection from the mid-1950s to the present day” and organized the show, titled NZ Cover Versions, to display a collection of covers that “traces the evolution of local music through a history of design, illustration and fine arts”.

In a show that includes interesting examples of Kiwi album art, from Johnny Devlin’s first solo album, Johnny, released in 1959 to Motte’s  2017 album Strange Dreams, there’s certainly a lot of great imagery and now, via the miracle of the Interwebs, there’s a chance for those of us living thousands of miles away to see and learn more about them – https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/music/101721423/nz-cover-albums-a-celebration-of-where-art-meets-kiwi-music

2) Artist interviews/profile articles –

a) Loring from the very informative Cover Our Tracks web site sent me a link to a new post on the site that fans of album cover photography should really enjoy. Lara Kristin Herndon just contributed an interview she’s done with photographer Roe Ethridge, a commercial shooter who doesn’t have a large portfolio of album cover shots but, as you’ll see, has been responsible for several stand-outs, including one of the best-known shots from the early ‘aughts – that being the if-you-hit-me-I’ll-bleed cover photo found on Andrew W.K.’s 2001 release I Get Wet.


In addition to the I Get Wet cover, Ethridge has been responsible for an impressive portfolio of photos that have been included in shows and museum collections around the world, including institutions such as NYC’s Museum of Modern Art, LA’s MOCA, the ICA in Boston and London’s Tate Modern, as well as in publications ranging from VICE Magazine to the New York Times. Lara’s article takes advantage of her decades-long relationship with Ethridge and provides a degree of depth and intimacy we don’t see very often in articles like this.

b) CNN’s Style reporters have published a profile of prize-winning photographer/video director Ellen von Unwerth, perhaps best-known for her late 1980’s advertising and editorial works featuring the model Claudia Schiffer who then went on to create album covers and music videos for musical acts including Bananarama (Pop Life), Belinda Carlisle (A Woman & A Man), Janet Jackson (The Velvet Rope), Dido (Life For Rent), Britney Spears (Blackout), Christina Aguilera (Back To Basics) and Rihanna (Rated R), among others. A former fashion model herself, her talents behind the lens has kept her in-demand for commercial work for many years now, keeping clients including publications such as I-D, Interview, Vanity Fair and Vogue and companies including Clinique and Revlon enthralled with the works she’s produced.

Her works have been included in books and exhibitions all over the world, so I’d invite you all to spend a few minutes and enjoy watching this nice intro to a very talented shooter’s fashion work…


c) Inspired by a recent episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race show in which “the queens will be serving up looks inspired by the prince of pop art” Andy Warhol, Billboard’s Stephen Dow published an article online featuring a Billboard Pride compilation of ten instances during which Warhol “left his stamp on music” – https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/pride/8214697/andy-warhol-music-influence-rupauls-drag-race

The first several examples included in the article are ones that fans of album cover art should be quite familiar with – those being highlights of the album covers he created for musical acts such as the Rolling Stones (Sticky Fingers, as well as a Jagger solo record), Aretha Franklin and John Lennon – reminding us that Warhol’s initial success as a graphic designer came from his time spent creating dozens of jazz (and then rock) album covers. You’ll also learn a bit more about his time managing the Velvet Underground, his work as a music video director (“Hello Again” for The Cars) and the somewhat-ironic fact that, although Warhol hated the fact that David Bowie used Andy’s name as a song title, Bowie would go on to provide movie-goers with a great take on Warhol in his role as the artist in 1996’s Basquiat.

3) Sales/Auctions –

a) Goldmine Magazine’s podcast featuring Backstage Auction’s chief Jacques Van Gool about his latest memorabilia auction (titled Headliners & Legends, which was live February 16-25). In addition to talking about the autographed, artist-used guitars, RIAA-certified record awards and original Peter Max paintings that were available, Goldmine’s Pat Prince probes Jacques for more info on what might be included in some upcoming auctions (reminding us all about the fact that those running auction businesses must sometime be flexible with their schedules in order to take advantage of unique opportunities) featuring gig posters, the personal collections of music industry big-wigs, a heavy-metal (“Rock Gods & Metal Monsters”) themed auction and much more. As a collector myself (who has dropped more than a few dollars at Backstage-hosted auctions over the years), it’s always interesting to hear some tantalizing tidbits from the guy that manages to keep us all eager for the next opportunity to cover our walls with more great art and memorabilia – http://www.goldminemag.com/podcast/backstage-auctions-jacques-van-gool-guest-goldmine-magazine-podcast-episode-17

4) New Print/Book/Product RELEASES –

a) Due out in early March of this year is author John Foster’s book on album cover design/designers – ALBUM ART: NEW MUSIC GRAPHICS. What makes this book all the more interesting is that it’s been compiled and authored by an award-winning, working designer, with Foster serving as the principal of the MD-based design firm Bad People Good Things and in possession of a portfolio of notable album art credits including: Giant Sand – Provisions and Blurry Blue Mountain; Mission of Burma – Unsound; Bailter Space – Strobosphere and Trinine; Surf City – We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This and Jekyll Island; Mark Mulcahy – Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You; The Chills – The BBC Sessions and Silver Bullets; Wreckless Eric – Le Beat Groupe Electrique and America, among others. His commercial work has been lauded with kudos and awards from the Art Director’s Club and is featured in museums and galleries around the world. He’s also written a number of other design-oriented books included titles such as New Masters of Poster Design (Volumes 1 and 2), Paper and Ink Workshop and 1,000 Indie Posters, among others, and is an in-demand speaker at design industry conferences, so you know he knows his material through and through.

According to the book’s advance PR, this book “is the definitive guide to album cover design in the 21st Century”. In addition to the scores of examples of “innovative artworks by one-of-a-kind designers”, you’ll find interviews with designers Stefan Sagmeister, Art Chantry, Paula Scher and the dynamic duo of Spencer Drate and Judith Salavetz (among others) and collections of work by a “who’s who” of past and current album cover design such as Jonathan Barnbrook, Susan Archie, Michael Cina, Brian Roettinger and dozens of others.

The 320 page book is being released in the UK on March 8th by the noted Thames and Hudson Ltd publishing house (currently, the only link I can give you to pre-order the book is one to the item on the Amazon.com UK site – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Album-Art-New-Music-Graphics/dp/0500294151), and if you’d like to see more of Foster’s work, I’d invite you to visit his company’s site at http://www.badpeoplegoodthings.com/?page_id=2

5) Other articles of interest –

a) Speaking of Spencer Drate and Judith Salavetz – on Feb. 23rd, the two of them brought together a panel of vinyl LP lovers, including several judges from the recent ALEX Awards and the leader of the Record Store Day movement, to discuss a variety of topics – judging the major award shows, vinyl printing techniques and the momentum behind the growing vinyl record business, etc. – on the Drate/Holly Stephey-hosted web radio show called “The Vinyl Show”.

Those of you vinyl geeks who’d like to listen to the aforementioned industry experts, who were also joined by Bryan Ekus and Larry Jaffee – the producers of the “Making Vinyl” industry trade show and who announced that the next show will be held in Detroit later this year (October 1-2) and that there will also be a similar show in Europe (dates TBD) – can listen to a recording of the festivities via the following link – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/redvelvetmedia/2018/02/23/michael-kurtz-record-store-day–the-return-of-vinyl

Spencer was kind enough to send along a photo of the ALEX Award judging panel – quite the display of talent, I think you’ll agree….






ALEX Award Judges – Front Row, Left to Right: Spencer Drate, Judith Salavetz, Sylvia Reed, Gail Marowitz.

Back Row, Left to Right: Larry Jaffee (“Making Vinyl” show founder),Sean Mosher-Smith,Stefan Bucher, Craig Braun.

b) The nominees for the 16th IMAs in the design/packaging-related categories were announced on February 14th and, in keeping with this organization’s successful efforts to feature great examples of indie talent in the music, video and design industries, this year’s nominees include works from all over the world, in a variety of genres and styles. The winning projects will be selected by both judging panels of top recording artists (including Tom Waits, Slayer, Bakithi Kumalo, Michael W. Smith, Sepultura, Evanescence’s Amy Lee and many others) and influential press and talent buyers from the Americas, Europe and Pacific Rim and online fan voting in several categories (voting on the IMA site for the fan- selected Music, Video & Design winners begins on Tuesday, February 20th and runs through March 20th at https://fans.IndependentMusicAwards.com). Winners will be announced at a special event in NYC’s Lincoln Center on March 31st.

Nominees in the “Album Art/Photography” category include –

  • Norwegian alt-rockers Soup’s latest release titled Remedies, with cover photos by Lasse Hoile and design/layout by Håvard Gjelseth;
  • Canadian singer/songwriter Matt Stern’s Magic, featuring artwork by Laura Horrocks-Denis;
  • Norwegian musician/painter Maren Ingeborg Gråblomst’s watercolor titled Madame Clamour is featured on her alt-rock duet Gråblomst’s 2017 release also titled Madame Clamour;
  • Artist, model and singer Maxine Syjuco produced the cover for  her Chicago-based experimental rock band Jack of None’s latest EP release titled The Tattle Tale Heart;
  • The team at the Brighton, UK-based Simply Marvellous creative        agency produced the artwork for the cover for Findlay Napier’s crowd-funded record titled Glasgow and
  • Chicago-based artist, actor and playwright Tony Fitzpatrick created the cover art for the new record called Bye Bye Blackbird by the trio of tenor saxophonist Frank Catalano, Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and alto sax great David Sanborn.

Nominees in the “Album Packaging” category include –

  • Cali, Columbia-based graphic design studio Cactus Taller                crafted the packaging for the late Columbian Afro-Carribean star Magín Díaz’s final record – El Orisha de la Rosa (also winner of the recent 2018 Grammy Award and the 2017 Latin Grammy Award for “Best Recording Package”);
  • Designer/illustrator Greg Carr & Chris Daniels collaborated to create the cover art for soul/blues group Chris Daniels & The Kings (with singer Freddi Gowdy) 2017 release Blues With Horns, Vol. 1;
  • Lucidity Cultural Creative Design crafted the cover for the double CD set of Bhuddist music and chants from the Bliss and Wisdom Sangha & Dream Lotus Choir and Orchestra (on Wind Music) titled The Legend of the Sun King;
  • Taipei, Taiwan-based graphic artist Ming Liu designed the cover and packaging for Pop singer and composer FANN’s We Are Who We Are and
  • Vienese painter Katja Svejkovsky and her spouse, American producer puppy38 produced the cover art for p38 project hiroshimabend’s 2017 limited release ODP 048 – Rednow Gnir

In addition to the two packaging-related categories, awards are also handed out in other design-related areas such as Gig/Promo Posters, Publicity Photos, Live Performance Photos, Website Design and SWAG (AKA “merchandise), so if you’d like to see the rundown of all of the nominations in these categories, click on over to

c) Artists, designers, art directors, photographers and packaging experts in all related fields – here are two chances for you to show just how talented you are…The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC), is looking for submissions to a new album cover art-based show – titled In The Groove – that will feature cover art works for both real and imaginary music acts, with the selected works put on display in the organization’s Red Hook gallery from May 12th through October 28th of this year. According to the group’s promo info for this show, “the exhibition seeks to celebrate the mutually inspiring, creative relationship between music and art, and to recognize the profound cultural impact and influence of the art form itself, its trailblazing history and ever evolving visual and conceptual strategies.”

Submissions will be reviewed and judged by the “BWAC Selection Panel”, which includes Sal Cataldi (NYC-based musician and publicist, leader of the critically acclaimed Spaghetti Eastern Music and Founder and Creative Director of Cataldi Public Relations) and Wendi Gueorguiev, BWAC Performance Series Coordinator and Exhibiting Artist. All works will be submitted online, and a prospectus with the details and instructions available for download to interested artists via this link –  http://bwac.org/2018/01/in-the-groove-national-print-exhibition-of-original-album-cover-artwork/

Questions can be directed to BWAC staffers via this email address – bwacmusic@gmail.com

Wendi tells me that they’re hoping to show at least 50 different covers during the show, and with the non-for-profit’s gallery getting thousands of visitors each season, it’ll be a great opportunity to be seen on display in what’s Brooklyn’s largest artist-run organization. Best of luck to all entrants – eager to report on who’s included when the winners are notified on/around March 17th….

d) Just added an item to the ACHOF site’s “Resources” section about an album cover art database that should be of interest to anyone wanting to find out more about the imagery used on the covers of their favorite record albums. I recently read an article on the Openculture.com site about a project that combines the talents of the crews at MusicBrainz.com and the Internet Archive who, together, have created something called the Cover Art Archive and, by the looks of things, it’s a significant storehouse of imagery and data of the album cover variety. Currently packing over 800,000 covers (with more being added daily), the Archive is also looking for contributions, so if you don’t see something in their database that you feel should be included, they’ve provided a way for you to add your content and share it with all of the site’s visitors.

There are a number of ways to search and filter the data, so if you find yourself with a LOT of freetime and want to go on a hunting expedition for, for example, “all variations of Elton John covers from 1973” (there are currently 8 in the database), you’ve got the tools to do just that… Read the article at http://www.openculture.com/2018/02/enter-the-cover-art-archive.html  and then click on over to the database at https://archive.org/details/coverartarchive&tab=collection

I’m hoping to learn more about the people behind this project and their plans for the future and, if I’m successful in that effort, I’ll share what I find with you ASAP.

e) It might seem to be an unfair advantage to some when you have an uncle who is one of the most-respected comic book artists of his time and said uncle is more than happy to contribute his talents to produce the cover art for one of your record releases but, as you’ll see in this article about the Carmine Infantino-created cover for the 2003 release by nephew Jim Infantino’s band – indie rockers Jim’s Big Ego – titled They’re Everywhere – it was the perfect image for a package that contained the song “The Ballad of Barry Allen”, as Barry Allen is the name of one of Uncle Carmine’s most-famous creations, that being “The Flash”…


f) Following a series of events – including a drug bust and the band’s rather-casual approach to record-making – that left them without a manager, the Rolling Stones took on the production of their 1967 album titled Their Satanic Majesties Request and, in doing so, they felt compelled to do all they could to stay in the forefront of their fans’ (and the Press’) minds after the huge impact of their rivals’ Sgt. Pepper’s release. One step in that effort was to hire the same photographer – Michael Cooper – who’d helped The Beatles create the cover image of their psychedelic masterpiece and now, 50 years later, we find ourselves revisiting both cover images, each showcasing something unique and compelling – one being Peter Blake’s design and the other the use of 3-D “Lenticular” photography and printing…

Jay Jay French writing for GOLDMINE Magazine, author Jay Jay French takes us through the details of both entries in this trippy, mind-altering “face-off” between the two records’ music and imagery – http://www.goldminemag.com/articles/great-psychedelic-face-off-sgt-pepper-vs-satanic-majesties

g) While some of us with backgrounds in production understand – and often roll with – the music industry’s tendency to relegate production credits, including those for art and packaging, to near the bottom of the list of “important things to do” when releasing the details of a new record, it is nice to see that some in the new music world are willing to go the extra mile to make sure that fans get a chance to see the names of all of the people who’ve worked so hard to deliver their favorite music products to them. Here’s an article by Lily Puckett on The Fader web site about how the Spotify Music service has now begun to include more production credit info, including packaging credits – https://www.thefader.com/2018/02/02/spotify-producer-songwriter-credits

Now, if we could only get some of the award shows to include details beyond the name of Art Director when lauding a particular cover…who am I fooling?

h) Sports/news reporters can be just as obsessive as those focused on the music business in their love for all of the trappings surrounding their favorite subject, so it’s nice – but not surprising – to see this recent article by Alberta, Canada-based writer Cole Parkinson, writing for the Taber Times/Vauxhall Advance papers and web site, regarding his opinions on what constitutes the coolest overall packaging designs he found in a recent tour through his own record collection – http://www.vauxhalladvance.com/blog/2018/02/08/dusting-off-the-vinyl-record-collection/ And while the five records he includes are mostly from the late 1990s/early 2000s, it is impressive to see how he analyses these record packages with the same passion and attention to detail that I’m sure is central to his writing about local news and issues.

i) Staying in the Great White North for our final story this month, I’d like to turn your attention to the recent publicity surrounding the group of people who got together and delivered great buckets of love and compassion when a friend of theirs suffered what would be, for most of us, a truly life-altering experience. After an operation last Summer during which noted, Juno Award-winning Canadian album cover designer Michael Wrycraft – whose hundreds of album art credits include covers such as Bruce Cockburn’s Bone On Bone, Breakfast In New Orleans/Dinner In Timbuktu and Slice O Life; David Clayton-Thomas’s Canadiana; Watermelon Slim’s Ringers; Ron Hynes’ Stealing Genius; Burton Cummings’ Up Close And Alone and others for John Cage, Ron Sexsmith, Cara Dillon and The Hillbenders (TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opera) – lost his legs to a bone infection known as osteomyelitis, his friends and admirers in the local music community came together to organize and produce a special fund-raising event that raised both money and the spirits of everyone involved.

Held at Toronto’s Hugh’s Room night club recently, “The Art of Music – A Celebration and Fundraiser for Michael Wrycraft” was put together by a team that included music producer/musician George Koller, Canadian Folk Music Awards co-founder Judith Laskin and artist/guitar-maker Grit Laskin and fetured a night of musicianship and story-telling from a number of Michael’s well-wishers and supporters.

The people running the CityNews section on the MSN site covered the event, which you can watch via this link –  https://www.msn.com/en-ca/money/video/toronto-art-community-holds-fundraiser-for-legendary-album-cover-artist/vp-BBJAPm9

Although he’s been dealing with the changes in his life such a dramatic operation has brought upon him (as evidenced by the effort it took him to just get around the Hugh’s Room venue!), Michael’s spirit remains quite high and he continues to work on new projects for clients in Canada and elsewhere, including working with the archivists at McMaster University’s Mills Library in Hamilton, Ontario who are creating a “Man Called Wrycraft” archive of Wrycraft’s prodigious output of fine art and design.

“I’m not shaking my fists at the world,” he tells The Globe and Mail. “None of this affects the best part of me – my humour, my optimism.”

You can learn more about Michael and his career as an album cover designer via his web site at http://www.wrycraft.com/wrycraftrecentwork.html

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 early next month with another monthly summary for you.

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