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Album Cover Hall of Fame News Summary Bonus Update for September 2, 2020

 

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ACHOF BONUS NEWS CONTENT –
UPDATED September 2, 2020

By Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

Just as I was hitting the “publish” button on my site – the one that sent my September 1 update out into the EtherWebs – several new alerts arrived that were timely enough that I thought it important to share them with you (as if I didn’t give you enough to read and ponder on Tuesday!). So, here ya go:

a) During its initial 15-year run as a print publication (based in NYC), Wax Poetics provided its readers a penetrating mix of long-form coverage of music industry/record collecting topics – with particular interest paid to the musicians and visual artists fueling the rise of hip-hop music into becoming the most-consumed genre in the record business. While the print pub mailed its last regular issue back in 2016 (although they’ve released several specialized issues since), demand for high-impact, high-quality music journalism hasn’t waned, and so a group of enterprising individuals based in Amsterdam and an editorial team that includes three of the publication’s founders has launched a project that aims to resurrect the print pub AND expand it online into something they’re calling “a membership-based music journalism platform for music fans that like to dig deeper.”

According to the information you’ll now find on the project’s Kickstarter site –https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/waxpoetics/wax-poetics? – the team behind Wax Poetics 2 will “continue to release two signature heavyweight print journals each year, while also launching our brand new digital members-only hub. More than just a website, this will be a multimedia playground taking you on a journey of music discovery across written, audio and video content.” With a pledge of around $77.00 (U.S.) – going up to approx. $84 after September 6th – supporters can become “Founder Members” and will receive a) Two signature Wax Poetics journals per year, delivered, including the limited-edition 20th Anniversary issue (dropping in 2021) and will have their names printed in the new Wax Poetics Volume 2, Issue 01; b) Access to the members-only site, which can be personalized to highlight the topics you’re most-interested in (weekly news, exclusive articles, podcasts, documentaries, deep dives into the WP archives and more); c) the Exclusive Founder Member benefit package, which includes a limited run exclusive founder member sticker pack and exclusive offers on back issues and merchandise (you’ll also get access to exclusive members-only offers from partners) and d) perhaps, most-intriguingly, Founder Members will have the opportunity to be the very first to join our Wax Poetics community, helping shape what the platform becomes. How cool is that?

They’re looking to raise a little over $107,000 by the end of day, September 30th, and so I do hope that you’ll go and throw your support behind their efforts to continue on in their good work on behalf of all record lovers around the world.

b) During this world-wide pandemic, people all over the world have worked hard to keep themselves busy with projects – learning a new language, baking bread, re-arranging the furniture in the rec room, etc. – so it’s no surprise to find an article like the one I found on the Geek Mom site – https://geekmom.com/2020/08/be-the-artist-art-of-the-album-cover/ – that, after an introduction on the topic of album cover art, offers readers help and instruction on how to create their own record covers. And rather than just send us out without some creative direction, the authors ask that we work to create the cover images for the records – in both 12” LP and 7” single formats – that would be the soundtracks to our favorite books. Samples shown include LP covers for the Wings of Fire books that serves both as an homage to one of the book’s dragons named Tsunami and a parody of the classic Pink Floyd DSOM prizm and for The Collected Works of Edgar Allen Poe, including a single for the hit track “The Raven”. Adorable, right?

My only concern is what to do if your favorite book is Morgan & Wardle’s The Art of the LP?

c) I nearly forgot to remind you all that, now through September 9th on the Julien’s auction site, you have the opportunity to both bid on some exclusive and rare music memorabilia while at the same time send funds into the coffers of the MusiCares organization, a four-star charity established by the Recording Academy “to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people” and one that I’ve supported for 20 years (they’re really good people and do great work).

When you click on over to the “MusiCares Charity Relief Auction” site – https://www.julienslive.com/m/view-auctions/catalog/id/354 – you’ll find items (many autographed) from a number of your favorite musical acts and other celebrities, including (but not limited to) Barbra Streisand, the Bee Gees, Bill Wyman, Billie Eilish, Blake Shelton, Bono, Brad Whitford, Carlos Santana, Carole King, Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Clint Black, Coldplay, Darius Rucker, Depeche Mode, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Gene Simmons, Hans Zimmer, Harry Styles, Joan Jett, Keith Urban, Luke Combs, Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Patti Smith, Peyton Manning, Rascal Flatts, Ringo Starr, Robert Plant, Ronnie Wood, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Sir Tom Jones, Tom Petty, Tom Waits, Tony Iommi and Willie Nelson. Stage-worn clothing, box sets, musical instruments, photographs, posters, jewelry and a lot more (nearly 70 items). I’ve got my eyes on a beautiful photo print of the Grand Ole Opry building by photographer Jim McGuire (starting bid, $150) – wish me luck – but, in the meantime, why not take a look yourselves and support both your own collections and the needs of musicians, many of whom continue to suffer while the live music business remains shut down due to COVID-19…

d) Those of you with long memories (this reference goes back nearly one full year – that’s COVID + 6 for those of us following the new “official” world calendar) will recall the interview article/collection overview I did with super-collector Dr. Richard Forrest, whose in-depth knowledge and dedication to record cover imagery continues to impress and inspire pretenders like myself. I’m honored to admit that Richard is a regular visitor to the ACHOF site (and a reader of my news feed) and so, after he’d read my most-recent summary which included an item about Sgt. Pepper’s co-designer Jann Haworth’s collage now on display in Salt Lake City, he sent along some information and photos of another of Ms. Haworth’s album cover-related projects that I knew I’d want to share with you and so now, with his permission, I have. Here’s the text of what he thought we should all know and appreciate:

“Dear Mike – Thank you for the ACHoF September update with the description of Jann Haworth’s Salt Lake City mural. I feel very strongly that Peter Blake has all but erased Jann’s contibution to the creation of the Sgt. Pepper cover and feel a need to rectify this.

When, in 2009, I curated an exhibition of Peter Blake’s record cover art, I felt that Jann had been hard done by in seldom (if ever at that particular time) being recognized as the cover’s co-designer, I contacted her for her views on this and we started a correspondence. I recently asked her if she had designed any other record covers in the fifty-odd years since the Pepper album, and I received this picture of a record cover made in 2017 as homage to her friend Joe Ephgrave (who, as you know, painted the Sgt. Pepper drum and then promptly disappeared). Joe had designed the tiger motif that Jann transferred to Wellpappe corrugated board and her son made the record label.

Apparently she made two copies, one in a museum and one in private hands. I realized I wouldn’t be able to buy, borrow or steal one of the only two copies in existence, so, true to my normal ethos (and with Jann’s permission), decided to make a reproduction which, I was really thrilled to find, Jann was impressed with (see pictures, below)!

Richard’s reproduction – Photo courtesy of Dr. Richard Forrest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jann’s original – Photo courtesy of Dr. Richard Forrest

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay safe and well and keep up the good work!

Best regards, Richard”

(Editor’s Note – if you’d like to revisit my article on Dr. Forrest and his impressive album art collection, here’s the link – https://albumcoverhalloffame.wordpress.com/2019/08/02/achof-featured-fan-portfolio-a-tour-through-collector-richard-forrests-favorite-album-covers/)

Until next time – Mike G

Unless otherwise noted, all text and images included in this article are Copyright 2020 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.

ACHOF Interview with designer and illustrator John Kehe

 

ACHOF Interview with designer and illustrator John Kehe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

posted July 29, 2020 by Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

Back in the early 1970s, several members of the popular British band The Move – drummer Bev Bevan and singer/songwriters/instrumentalists Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne – were motivated to concentrate their efforts on a side-gig designed to test their concept that rock music would be made a bit more interesting with the addition of the instruments traditionally found in classical “light orchestras”, such as strings, horns and woodwinds. Calling themselves the “Electric Light Orchestra”, the group released several singles and one LP in the U.K. on the Harvest label, including a Top-10 hit “10538 Overture” in 1971 (on the Electric Light Orchestra album, released in December), “Roll Over Beethoven” in 1972 and “Showdown” and “Ma-Ma-Ma Belle” in 1973.

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

 

 

 

Album Cover Hall of Fame’s Monthly News Update and Summary – July, 2020

Posted July 1, 2020 by Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com (updated on July 3, 2020)

Early July greetings to you all from my now-extremely-familiar home office – with the Independence Day holiday coming up this weekend and the state I live in (Illinois) slowly (at least on paper) re-emerging from a self-imposed quarantine, I wanted to make sure that I’d put together and delivered my monthly update prior to my move to the den to view the carefully-curated shows that make up my Holiday Watchlist (inc. a recording of the Chicago Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0qarHJOSYg). While many of my local countrymen seem to feel that it’s time to “get back to normal” (based on what exactly?), my wife and I are happy to continue on keeping to ourselves, venturing out only as-needed and enjoying the great take-out food and downloaded books, music and movies that have kept us safe and sane over the past few months while this pandemic remains active and dangerous.

I’ve continued to add new bios to the ACHOF site and will soon be adding some new themed searches to the site that will let you dig deep into the ACHOF archives for more stories, interviews and news about your favorite album cover makers. I’ve also spent some quality time trying the impressive number of quality gins and tonics that are now available on the market, so certain aspects of my quarantine time have proven to be quite fruitful (and delicious).

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Album Cover Hall of Fame Special Edition News Release – June 5, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACHOF QUICKIE NEWS UPDATE FOR June 5, 2020

By Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

Greetings to you all – while we continue our slow (hopefully, not too fast) emergence from the COVID-related quarantine we’ve been living under since early March, I am hoping that you are all doing as best you can under the circumstances. While I’m not due to put together a big news summary for a few weeks, I’d read about a couple of things that I felt needed to be shared ASAP – one about an in-progress auction of prints from a noted album cover photographer designed to raise money for COVID-19-related service organizations and the second about some fascinating album cover imagery created for an emerging streaming media platform. Also, I’m sad to say, I’ve included a brief note about the death of a noted album cover designer who was responsible for one of classic rock’s most-memorable psychedelic album covers…

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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.

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Album Cover Hall of Fame News Update and Summary – Mid-February, 2020

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Album Cover Hall of Fame News Update and Summary – Mid-February, 2020

By Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

Greetings to you all from mid-Winter Chicagoland. Hope you’re enjoying the season, wherever you’re located (if you love the cold and snow, you should really be HERE!). I hope that the several recent mini-updates have kept you all somewhat in the loop regarding important album artist/art-related news while I’ve been working on bringing you two new long-form articles (one, a Featured Artist’s Portfolio article featuring art director/illustrator Larry Vigon and the other with one of this year’s Grammy Award winners, Masaki Koike), but now as it is approaching mid-month, I thought it wise to provide you with a bit more to read as there’s been a nice supply of articles and news stories popping up all over the Web. So, let’s go….

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Album Cover Hall of Fame News Update and Summary – Independence Day Weekend, July, 2019

Album Cover Hall of Fame News Update – Independence Day Weekend, July, 2019

By Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

Hope that all of you here in the U.S. are enjoying your 4th of July holiday break – BBQ-ing, fireworks, trips to the beach, sun burns, little kids spilling sand on your blanket while their parents are checking their Facebook feeds, etc. – oh such fun! We had great weather (i.e., no rain) here in Chicagoland and were lucky enough to enjoy two nice fireworks displays, so with my ears still ringing and bursts of color burned into my corneas, here is a quickie, much-streamlined run-down of all of the album cover artist/art-related news I think might be worth your time investigating:

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Album Cover Hall of Fame Breaking News Update for February 15, 2019

 

Album Cover Hall of Fame’s Breaking News Update for February 15, 2019

 

 

by Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

I recently learned about two new album art-centric merchandising programs that have been launched – one, by a well-known manufacturer of classic leisure ware that will sport imagery from one of classic rock’s biggest acts and a second by two island nations in the South Pacific – one large and one much smaller – who have released some new coinage that features album art by one of the area’s biggest rock exports…

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

Album Cover Hall of Fame’s Breaking News Update for February 8, 2019

 

 

 

By Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

Here are three album cover art and book-related stories, just in time for your weekend reading pleasure:

1) Just heard from rock photographer Glen Wexler today regarding the impressive consumer response to his upcoming new book Glen Wexler: The 80s Portrait Sessions. You may recall my earlier report about his super-successful Kickstarter project of late last year (which was fully-subscribed at the time), but now he’s worked it out with his publisher and will be offering 50 more first-run copies to his fans at the same pre-order price of $75, with the book shipping in about three weeks. He’s still accepting orders for the fine art prints, posters and deluxe-edition book box set (which includes a print of Michael Jackson), so if you hurry on over to   https://www.facebook.com/glen.wexler/timeline, you’ll be able to see/read more and snap up a copy before they’re gone.

2) Designer and author of one of my most-referenced album art books (Album Art: New Music Graphics) John Foster has launched a new “making of” series of album art articles on The Vinyl Factory site. After the success of his previous sequence of monthly album art summaries (“Judging A Cover By Its Cover”) on the same site, John’s new monthly column will feature one cover he selects for a deep-dive look/see, with the debut article built around artist Dave Thomas (AKA “DLT”) and his work on the package for It Won/t Be Like This All The Time by The Twilight Sad on Rock Action Records – https://thevinylfactory.com/features/twilight-sad-it-wont-be-like-this-record-sleeve-design/

3) 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.  Now, for 2019, Ramon is prepping a new, 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.”

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. Pre-orders for the 200 author-signed copies (sensibly priced at $58.97 each, to ship in March) that will be produced in this edition are now being accepted, so I’d suggest clicking on over to his order page at https://andjusticeforart.bigcartel.com/product/and-justice-for-art-stories-about-heavy-metal-album-covers-volume-2 to reserve one for your collection now.

If you’d like to take a quick video tour through the book in advance, he’s made that easy to do via this link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_eah8XwA9A

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.