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


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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.

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



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

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

As Summer 2020 marches on, the political season’s kicking into high gear and many things work to occupy our minds (perhaps to distraction) while the year progresses, my wife and I have continued to stay vigilant, quarantined and busy reading, watching 1990s BBC crime mystery series and, as you may have seen, doing more research and writing, as is evidenced by the publication of my most-recent ACHOF interview, this one with accomplished designer, illustrator and musician John Kehe, with a focus on his work in the early-mid 1970s for the Electric Light Orchestra.

I’ve continued to work to add new bios to the ACHOF site (tracking down some info from several great talents who I’ve finally been able to add to our database) and soon hope to add some new themed searches to the site that will let you dig more deeply and easily into the ACHOF archives for more stories, interviews and news about your favorite album cover makers. I’ve also found more examples of artists who’ve decided to lend their “brands” – logos, album art, etc. – to efforts to provide personal protective equipment to their fans (now, if they could only convince some of them to actually wear these masks!) and also raise money for COVID-related support efforts, so I hope you’ll take a look at those articles and respond accordingly.

In the meantime, I’ve put together a sampling of album art/artist-related articles and remain grateful to those of you who’ve decided to spend some of your free time on the ACHOF site, sifting through the archives of content available for your there so, in keeping with my ongoing commitment to the monthly delivery of short-but-sweet summaries of album cover artist and art-related news, interviews, sales and more, here’s my latest summary:

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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 Special Auction News Edition – June 24, 2020






An Album Cover Hall of Fame Special Auction News Edition for June 24th, 2020

By Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

I know, I know, I’m early, but I thought you’d want to know about the results of three recent auctions I previously reported on, with some of the results confirming, once again, that “money talks”:

1) To follow up on my early June posting about photographer Mark Seliger’s fund-raising auction of 26 of his photo portraits of celebrities from the worlds of music, film, TV, stage and politics, I’d like to report that the total raised for the COVID-19 relief organizations he’s supporting was a remarkable $232,375, with the item raising the most money – that being Seliger’s portrait of past President Barack Obama – selling for an impressive $37,500. Well done, Mr. Seliger!

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Album Cover Hall of Fame Special Edition News Release – 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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ACHOF Interview with Bert Dijkstra and Dick Van Dijk about the Vinylize! exhibition and book project

ACHOF’s Interview with Bert Dijkstra and Dick Van Dijk about their Vinylize! exhibition and book project

Posted May, 2020 by Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

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Back in April, 2017, I reported on a show that was being staged in Amsterdam as part of the world-wide Record Store Day festivities which each year, if you’ve gone to take a look, put a lot of talent on display including, I think you’ll agree, a lot of fine work on the packaging, with colored vinyl, limited-edition releases and a ton of related merch showcasing the output of designers, photographers, illustrators and the like in close collaboration with the musician and label clients. At the time, I’d referred you to an article in Creative Boom by Katy Cowan (http://www.creativeboom.com/inspiration/vinylize-paper-crafters-nearly-normal-celebrate-record-store-days-10th-anniversary-with-kraftwerk-tribute/), where you were shown an example of the extra degrees of creativity in the RSD-related work of the “masters of paper craft” – Nearly Normal – as they joined forces with Amsterdam-based record retailer Concerto to produce some quite-special items for an exhibit that was on display in the store through that May called Vinylize! What’s Vinylize!, you might ask? Well, according to the store’s site, “at the invitation of the Amsterdam Shop Around, about 50 artists used their favorite record sleeve as a canvas. The artwork of various artists such as Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Jimi Hendrix, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and Blondie (to name a few) got a “VINYLIZE! makeover”, resulting in completely new and unique artwork.” In the case of the one-off cover created by Nearly Normal’s Jaime Kiss, the inspiration was Kraftwerk’s 1981 hit Computer World, and not only did the agency produce a cut paper-based cover homage, they also took it further by creating a series of fine art prints for collectors and producing an animated (8-bit style) music video for the song based on that artwork.”

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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 – Early March, 2020

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

By Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

Hello once again from Chicagoland. As we’re working our way towards pushing Winter away and replacing it with the warmer breezes and greener trees of Spring, I’m hoping that you’re all doing well and looking to be inspired by the latest news about your favorite album cover artists (and related stories of their work). I hope that you all have had a chance to read my Featured Artist’s Portfolio/interview article featuring art director/illustrator Larry Vigon (if not, you really should – https://wp.me/p15kTT-IZ    ) and, as I mentioned in last month’s summary, I’m about 75% done with another interview article featuring none other than this year’s Grammy Award winner in the Box Set/Limited Edition category, Masaki Koike that I know you’ll like (he won for his work on the very-impressive Rhino package commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock festival), but now as it is once-again 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, check that you have fresh batteries in your mouse, and let’s get going….

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ACHOF Featured Album Cover Artist Portfolio and Interview with Art Director Larry Vigon

Album cover hall of fame’s Featured Album Cover Artist Portfolio and Interview with Art Director Larry Vigon

By Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

Posted February, 2020

In my wife’s list of “all-time favorite albums”, Fleetwood Mac’s smash hit Rumours is certainly in the Top 5, up there with great records by Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, David Bowie and Queen (I did confirm this list with her, correcting it as needed but, after 40+ years of togetherness, I’m happy that I initially got most of the list right). Even a prog rocker like me found much to appreciate in the band’s music (how can you not like Lindsay Buckingham’s wailing guitar solo at the tail end of “The Chain”?) and, after sales of over 40 million copies world-wide (over 20 million in the U.S. alone) since its 1977 release, it must also be considered as having one of the most-seen album cover images of all time. Of course, most of us will recall the arresting Herbie Worthington photo of the very tall Mick Fleetwood, with foot raised on a small stool (and what exactly were those balls seen dangling between his legs?) standing next to the mysterious, black-veiled form of one of the group’s two new members, Stevie Nicks. Those of us, though, who appreciate fine design were just as taken by the beautifully scripted logo/title found on the cover, which I later found was done BY HAND by Larry Vigon, one of this year’s inductees into the Album Cover Hall of Fame in the Art Director category.

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Album Cover Hall of Fame Special-Edition News Release, v.2 – Holidays, 2019-2020

Album Cover Hall of Fame Special-Edition News Release, v.2  – Holidays, 2019-2020

Quickie Update – December 28, 2019, by Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

2015 & 2019 Yuletide CDs by David Larkham






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