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Album Cover Hall of Fame Special Preview Edition News Release – Jan. 20, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACHOF Quickie News Update for January 20/21st, 2020

By Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

Greetings to you all – hope that the early days of 2020 have been good ones for you. While I know that I’m not due for a major news summary for a few days now, I did want to give you some updated news on two important album art-related competitions and, quite sadly, a brief note about the death of a noted album cover designer that’s more than a bit overdue.

Award Announcement #1 – This past November, the Recording Academy announced its list of nominees for 2019 Grammy Awards in the two album cover art-related categories we pay close attention to here at the ACHOF. Since the Grammy Awards are scheduled for this weekend – with the production-related awards handed out at a special ceremony before the big-time TV broadcast – I just thought it important to remind you of who was nominated in the packaging categories:

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

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

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

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

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

Intellexual by Intellexual – Irwan Awalludin, art director

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

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

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

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

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

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

The complete list of Grammy nominees in all of the categories announced today can be found at   https://www.grammy.com/grammys/awards/62nd-annual-grammy-awards-2019 , with winners announced in ceremonies in Los Angeles on January 26th – a well-chosen date in between the two biggest pro football weekends of the year. As you know I will be working hard to bring you the stories behind the winning works (and the people who created them) after they’re announced but, in the meantime, let’s congratulate all of the nominees for jobs well done and wish them luck next Sunday.

Award Announcement #2 – This past Friday, at an event at the Koppel Project Gallery in Soho, London, U.K., the Best Art Vinyl 2019 Award Winners were announced. Now in its 15th year, this independent competition – sponsored as always by the team at Art Vinyl (a maker/marketer of a very nice record album cover display frame/system) – has become a must-see-and-do activity for fans of album art from all over the world. With thousands of votes cast by those fans via the Best Art Vinyl Awards web site, the Top 3 winning packages represent the best in album cover design from designers and musical acts from countries including France, the U.K. and Denmark:

  1. Francesco Dell’Orto’s design and photography for the French prog/metal band Klone’s album Le Grand Voyage on Kscope Records;
  2. Artwork and Design Tom Dubois/Hingston Studio for veteran rocker Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ album Ghosteen on the Ghosteen Ltd label
  3. Design and Art Direction by Hvass & Hannibal for Danish indie rockers Efterklang’s album on Britain’s 4AD label titled Altid Sammen (“Always Together”)

A full list of the top 50 vote-getters is currently available on the ArtVinyl site at https://artvinyl.com/award-year/2019/ and, once again, congratulations to all of the nominees and winners for bringing fans some of the most-memorable designs and images we’ve seen in quite a while.

And now, the bad/sad news – Vaughan Oliver, co-founder of the design firms 23 Envelope and V23 and, after building a relationship with the independent UK record label 4AD, created a host of notable album covers including those for the Pixies (inc. Come on Pilgrim, Surfer Rosa, Doolittle, Monkey Gone To Heaven and 2019’s Beneath the Eyrie); David Sylvian – Secrets of the Beehive; The Breeders – Pod and Safari; Psychedelic Furs – Until She Comes and World Outside; Lush – Spooky, For Love and Hypocrite and Throwing Muses – House Tornado and Counting Backwards, died at the age of 62 in late December, 2019. In a statement released just after Oliver’s death, Pixies front man Black Francis called their collaboration “the beginning marker for our own artistic journey,” noting that “we saw the first mock-up of the first ‘Come On Pilgrim’ sleeve, quit our jobs and never looked back,” adding that “he loved the look and smell and feel of things and, more than most are able to articulate, which he did most eloquently from deep within his soul’s atelier.”

Frequent collaborator Simon Larbalestier, who shot the wonderful photos that Oliver used on many of his Pixies designs (including his last project for them, Beneath the Eyrie), told me via email that “Vaughan’s death is a great loss to everyone – he was a close friend of 35 years,” while noted record art collector/fellow blogger Richard Forrest shared that he’d “met him and (designer) Chris Bigg in 2001, just when they were re-negotiating their contract with 4AD. Vaughn let me rifle through the company’s archives and take about 20 posters and he willingly autographed several books and records for me.” Richard told me that Oliver, “along with Neville Brody, Barney Bubbles and Peter Saville, were the leading designers of record covers in the UK in the eighties and nineties. Vaughan was a great inspiration for me.“

Born in London in September, 1957 and raised in Sedgefield, England, Vaughan Oliver knew, as a teenager, that he wanted to design album covers. He liked how these images combined art and music (i.e., image and sound) and most-appreciated the ones that showed some imagination in their design.

With a partner, photographer Nigel Grierson, Oliver founded his own design firm called 23 Envelope and found a client in the popular independent UK record label 4AD, a spin-off label run by two Beggar’s Banquet employees named Peter Kent and Ivo Watts-Russell and home of acts including Bauhaus, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance and Modern English from the UK and American indie bands including The Breeders, Pixies and Throwing Muses. After Grierson left in 1988, Oliver re-named the company v23 and continued to produce memorable 4AD sleeve designs through the late 1990s, working with a small slate of talented photographers including Marc Atkins, Chris Bigg, Simon Larbalestier, Timothy O’Donnel and others. Other clients who sought out Oliver’s work included guitarist Robert Fripp and singer/songwriter David Sylvian, who hired him to design both record sleeves and covers for his illustrated poem/lyric books (titled Trophies I and II). Recent clients include film-maker David Lynch (2011’s Crazy Clown Time) and musical acts including TV On The Radio, Nyam, Nyam, A.R. Kane and I Break Horses.

In 1994, a comprehensive portfolio of Oliver’s work was organized into an exhibition held at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles titled This Rimy River. The catalog for the exhibition, featuring essays by photographer Chriss Bigg and writers Ian McKay and Rick Poynor, has become a sought-after collectible (also published in book form in 1997). In 2001, Oliver and Poynor collaborated again on an updated career retrospective book called Visceral Pleasures and, in 2010, Oliver presented a lecture (also titled Visceral Pleasures) in New York City hosted by AIGA/NY where he discussed his 30+ year career as a graphic designer and provided some of the stories behind some of his best-known album covers.

Gone way too young.

To see more of this artist’s work, please visit his web site at www.vaughanoliver.co.uk and to read more about Oliver and his work, I’d like to direct you to the following articles online: https://variety.com/2019/music/news/vaughan-oliver-dead-dies-album-cover-designer-pixies-breeders-1203453655/

https://www.clashmusic.com/features/remembering-vaughan-oliver-4ads-iconic-design-maverick

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/03/arts/vaughan-oliver-dead.html

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/vaughan-oliver-pixies-artist-4ad-dead-931865/

Back to you soon with more. Mike G.

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

 

 

 

 

 

a) The coming of a new year reveals that I’m continuing to lose my mind…After posting my News Release yesterday, I turned to look at my printer and found that I’d forgotten to scan in the covers for two self-published music CD packages I recently received from famed album cover designer/illustrator David Larkham, so here’s that image (see above) and a little bit of background info about them. As David tells it – “A number of years ago, rather than sending out the usual ‘Best Holiday Wishes’ at Christmas, I thought I’d do a seasonal CD for friends and family. I selected a few off-the-wall, obscure yuletide tracks (as opposed to the standard December ‘shopping mall muzak’) and then added a personal ‘album cover’…I’m a painter who got side-tracked by the music industry, and since I’m the ‘client’ in these annual projects, I get to stretch my creative legs with an occasional painting (or, sometimes, I get into a photography or illustration mode) and, perhaps, combine those with computer-generated images. One recent approach included combining my painting of Santa with a graphics background created on my computer. This went down so well that it’s become an annual thing for me…”

For those of us who were involved in the creation and embellishment of customized mixtapes, it was so cool to see what one might look like done by a truly talented artist, and I’m happy to be able to share this with you (with David’s permission, of course). For a brief overview of Mr. Larkham’s impressive portfolio, I invite you to visit his under-construction web site at http://davidlarkham.com/#

b) Over the years, the album cover collage produced by Sir Peter Blake, Jann Haworth and Michael Cooper for The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album has served as the inspiration for derivative works done in the same style, including many parodies and even several newer versions produced by Blake and Haworth based on different source materials. Several years ago, an artist by the name of Chris Barker began what’s become an annual effort to honor those who’ve died during the current year – celebrities from all walks of life – using a Pepper’s-style collage as his way of making note of these passings. In a recent article I found on The Poke (U.K.) site – https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/12/20/sgt-pepper-cover-moving-tribute-2019s-departed-stars/ – you’ll get to see this year’s work (produced with the aid of retoucher Carl Price), delivered along with a handy chart identifying the 97 whos and whats that are included. The article also includes images of the past several years’ creations done by Barker as well. While I’m eager to see next year’s version, I’m not so eager to see who (and what) has passed away in order to be included L

c) Finally, just a quick note of congratulations to designer Peter Saville (perhaps best-known for his memorable album covers for Joy Division and New Order, and a 2013 inductee into the ACHOF) as he’s been given one of his country’s top honors, becoming a CBE – a Commander of the British Empire – in the recently-announced “New Year Honours” List. Other notables from the entertainment business included in this year’s list were Elton John, Olivia Newton-John and film director Steve McQueen. https://inews.co.uk/culture/music/new-year-honours-list-sir-elton-john-olivia-newton-john-and-nadiya-hussain-recognised-in-the-world-of-showbusiness-1350738 more info at https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-50924985 A founder of influential record label Factory Records, Saville responded to the news of the honor by noting that it “had been his great good fortune to work with some extraordinary people and it is with them in mind that respectfully I receive this honour”. Those of us in the album art fan world congratulate you, too.

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

Unless otherwise noted, all text and images included in this article are Copyright 2019-2020 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 – Early December, 2019

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

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By Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerald Scarfe – Pink Floyd The Wall Inner Gatefold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Intellexual by Intellexual – Irwan Awalludin, art director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New/Recently-Opened Exhibitions and Gallery Shows –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.museumofthegulfcoast.org/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ONGOING Exhibitions/Gallery Shows –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artist News and Interviews –

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

Sales and Auctions –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Products (Books, Prints, Other) –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Miscellaneous Items –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

By Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

Dear Readers – This month’s summary will follow in my newest tradition – short intros and lots of links to the most-interesting stories I could find on the topic of album cover imagery and the people that make it. Later this month, you’ll meet the newest inductees into the Album Cover Hall of Fame (voting is taking place this month) but, for now here’s what you’ve been waiting patiently for:

1) The 2019 Making Vinyl Awards were presented on October 15 at a ceremony that took place during the “Making Vinyl” conference in Hollywood, CA, with the judges handing out awards to the talented people who created some intriguing examples of the craft. As a judge again this year, I have to admit that there were a number of examples that challenged my own pre-conceived notions of what “good” album cover art is, and several of the winners of this year’s polling went out of their way to reinforce the fact that “art is never easy” and “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” (which is why I never publicly answer the question “what’s your favorite album cover”). At the end of the day, it’s just great to see so many talented people working so hard to conceive and produce record packaging that keeps fans coming back for more – http://makingvinyl.org/2019-winners-runner-ups/

This year’s “Alex Steinweiss Award” (for best overall package) was handed out to the team of creatives that came up with the package for the record titled Aesop Rock & Tobacco are Malibu Ken, a collaboration between hip-hop MC Aesop Rock and electronic music guru Tobacco released in early 2019 on the Rhymesayers Entertainment label. The principal design/illustration was done by artist James Quigley (AKA “Gunsho”), with the unique vinyl packaging including a custom die-cut gatefold jacket housing custom blue-colored vinyl, a 4-page insert with album lyrics, a perforated pop-out wearable mask with elastic string and a free digital download card (the CD packaging includes a custom die-cut 6-panel digipak housing a 12-page booklet with full album lyrics and a 8-panel cut-out wearable paper mask). Kudos also to the nice people at A To Z Media, who coordinated the manufacturing of this winning package. See more at https://pro.evalato.com/813/submissions/21863?round_id=617

New Exhibitions/gallery shows –

1) OPENED October 20 – The works of Pop artist Andy Warhol comes to Chicago – A show that’s drawn crowds and received rave reviews since its premiere at the Whitney Museum in NYC – Andy Warhol From A to B and Back Again – opened at Chicago’s Art Institute with a newly-curated collection of hundreds of the pop art master’s most-impressive works, including many from the museum’s vast collection. And yes, there will be a small collection of his album covers included in the display. I’ll be touring through the show soon and will share that coverage with you post-haste. Until then, you can learn more about what will be on display – running there through January 26, 2020 by visiting the museum’s site at https://www.artic.edu/exhibitions/2937/andy-warhol-from-a-to-b-and-back-again

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

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

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

While I don’t have all of the details yet (he just signed the loan agreement, so some of the details are still TBD), the show’s title is “The Second Principle of Banksy” and is scheduled to run at the Palazzo Ducale (on the Piazza Matteotti) until March 20, 2020. According to the venue, “War, capitalism and freedom are current issues addressed by this exhibition, by using the artworks of the internationally famous street artist named Bansky. The exhibition is curated by Stefano Antonelli and Gianluca Marziani and includes paintings, limited edition prints, sculptures and rare items, many of which will be exposed for the first time.” As regards to the Forrest-supplied Banksy-produced album art that will be on loan to the show, let me recap some of the related info as I first reported it this past August during my exclusive review of this part of Richard’s collection – “I started collecting Banksy’s art on record and CD covers around 2005-6, at a time when most could be bought at standard record prices. I found a second issue version of Banksy’s/Danger Mouse’s Paris Hilton CD and a DJ offered me his copy of the promo version of Röyksopp’s Melody A.M. album with the Banksy-sprayed cover. I have since completed the series of Paris Hilton CDs by obtaining the first Bansky/Danger Mouse issue and by buying a copy of the original CD by Paris Hilton for comparison. Back in 2012, I curated an exhibition of Banksy’s record cover art and made a digital copy of the ultra-rare Capoiera Twins promo 12″ 4 x 3 / Truth Will Out, the cover of which was also spray-painted by Banksy (it wasn’t until 2017 that I actually got hold of a genuine copy)…Another rarity I have is the printer’s proof of Dirty Funker’s 2008 remix of The Knack’s hit single My Sharona which he’d renamed Let’s Get Dirty. As you know, in 2005 Banksy made a series of portraits of Kate Moss – six in all – done in the style of Andy Warhol. Dirty Funker used two of the Bansky Kate Moss portraits – one each on the front (red background) and rear (green background) covers – for his remix, and the one I own being the rarer version without the title strip across Kate Moss’ eyes on the front.” To find out more about Richard’s entire album art collection, you can read the complete interview on the ACHOF site via this link – https://albumcoverhalloffame.wordpress.com/2019/08/02/achof-featured-fan-portfolio-a-tour-through-collector-richard-forrests-favorite-album-covers/

Here’s a link to the show – http://www.visitgenoa.it/en/evento/war-capitalism-liberty-artworks-artist-known-banksy

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

ONGOING Exhibitions/Gallery Shows –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artist News and Interviews –

1) Back when I lived in Portland, OR, I was a member of the Pacific NW chapter of the Grammy organization, which held their member meetings in Seattle, WA (a beautiful 3.5 hour train ride up along the coast brought me there – oh, the memories), and during those visits I’d inevitably make the pilgrimage up to the city’s Easy Street Records – partly, to peruse the stores offerings and partly to admire the mega-sized album cover recreations painted on the store’s exterior. To show you more about this establishment’s extra-special efforts to promote what’s new and exciting inside, the folks at the local paper (The Seattle Times) recently published an interview with the window design guru whose job it is to super-size the covers selected for this honor – https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/our-window-to-the-world-love-of-music-art-inspires-window-dresser-at-seattles-easy-street-records/

2) Among photographer Jay Blakesberg’s hundreds of shots used to illustrate articles, books and hundreds of album packages, perhaps his best-known are the photos he took of The Grateful Dead and its various noted players, most-notably the late guitarist Jerry Garcia (e.g., there are photos of his in the package for the 2019 Jerry Garcia Band release Electric On The Eel). Last month, Jambands.com published an interview with Mr. Blakesberg about his new book of J. Garcia images, a tome titled “ –  with the focus of the 208-page book being “a collection of Jay’s iconic images of Garcia from 1978 until Garcia’s death in 1995. The book will include photographs of Garcia with members of the Grateful Dead as well as guest musicians and solo projects Jerry worked on.” https://jambands.com/features/2019/10/25/jay-blakesberg-shares-jerry-garcias-secret-space-of-dreams/?

3) More – Two more interviews I thought you might want to take a look at are a) the one found on the Hypergallery site with photographer David Goldman about his best known Blink 182 cover photos (including everyone’s favorite – the “are you ready for your examination?” shot found on Turn Your Head and Coughhttps://www.hypergallery.com/interview-david-goldman/?mc_cid=7ab59d0bc8&mc_eid=7549bdd503 and b) one with Christine Hult-Lewis, who works as a curatorial assistant with The Bancroft Library’s archives and who is pleased to talk about their latest acquisition, that being the archives of music industry photographer Howard Brainen, someone who spent years producing images for clients in the rock, jazz and blues genres and who was given his break and inspiration by another famed shooter, the late, great Jim Marshall – https://news.lib.berkeley.edu/brainen

New Products (Books, Prints, Other) –

1) Designer Brian Cannon lends a hand on creating color schemes for new sneakers based on color palettes from classic album covers he created for bands including Oasis, Suede and The Verve (among others) – https://hypebeast.com/2019/10/size-exclusive-adidas-originals-training-pt-album-covers-release-information

2) Not to be outdone by Brian Cannon and the folks at Adidas, the team behind the design-it-yourself “Customs” line of shoes at Vans found themselves inspired by classic album art from musical acts including blink-182, Twenty One Pilots, Fall Out Boy and Andy Black and created 14 examples for your consideration, all of which can be found in Alyssa Quiles’ recent article on the AltPress site – https://www.altpress.com/features/custom-vans-ideas-music/ Not a bad idea, with the Holidays coming up….

3) One of the most-inspired album cover projects put in front of fans back in 1968 – the images photographer Michael Joseph staged and created for the Rolling Stones’ Beggar’s Banquet – are the subject of a new series of photo prints available for purchase at the San Francisco Art Exchange. According to the Stones (as stated on their web site), this is the record “that changed everything” for the band, so anyone looking to add examples of one of the most-noted covers to their album cover fine art collection should certainly peruse this collection at SFAE – https://sfae.com/Artists/Michael-Joseph

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

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

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

Miscellaneous Items –

1) There’s an interesting new report on the Vox.com site that dives into a rather obscure-but-fascinating album art-related topic – i.e., what it is that a certain style of furniture – the wicker chair/throne – has been featured on many an album cover.  “There’s one genre of cover so ubiquitous it almost flew under the radar. The covers typically featured a wide shot of the artist sitting on a throne-like wicker chair, like a king or queen. Usually the artist looked casual and relaxed; sometimes props would sit around them to decorate the scene. No matter what, the over-sized woven chair was the main feature. This was the peacock chair album cover, and it was everywhere.” A seven-plus minute video produced by Vox tracks the origin of the peacock wicker chair portrait and tells the unlikely story of where this unique giant chair came from – https://www.vox.com/2019/10/4/20897269/peacock-chair-album-cover

2) Throughout the history of recorded music and its packaging, there have been many examples of cover art that have caused the hearts of the most-sensitive of consumers to flutter out of control. While some managed to slip by the censors and a record label’s marketing management, others weren’t so fortunate, so here’s a nicely-produced recap of twenty of these “banned” album covers and the stories behind them on the Kerrang! site – https://www.kerrang.com/features/20-album-covers-that-were-banned-or-censored/

3) While many of us scratch our heads almost daily about what some folks in the public eye manage to say and do without reproach, there are cultures elsewhere in the world where, even today, work hard to establish and maintain long-held beliefs and traditions that, particularly to us “heathens”, seem so overbearing that we can only look on in wonder (and feel fortunate that we’re not – yet – subject to the same censorship). In this recent article on the PetaPixel site, you’ll see examples that put on display Iran’s politics as it relates to album cover imagery in which women are erased from album covers, including the women who made the music on the album – https://petapixel.com/2019/10/23/iranian-music-streaming-site-erases-women-from-their-own-album-covers/

4) Some impressive album cover-related sleuthing by Guy Minnebach/Andy Earhole uncovers another previously unaccredited Andy Warhol-designed cover – https://warholcoverart.com/2019/10/13/the-bossa-nova-cover-no-one-knew-was-a-warhol-paul-desmonds-take-ten/

5) It seems as though the editors at Juxtapoz Magazine have been focused on other things lately and have not added any new entries to the magazine’s “Sound & Vision” album art series. I’ll dig into this to see if there are plans to add to this fine collection of stories but, until then, I’d invite you to look at their archives – https://www.juxtapoz.com/search/sound%20and%20vision/

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 Hall of Fame News Update and Summary – End of August/September, 2019

Album Cover Hall of Fame News Update and Summary – End of August/September, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

By Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

It’s almost Labor Day weekend again, which most of us use to mark the end of Summer while some of us cling with every fiber of our being to hold on to the season’s last vestiges. We did use a nice day recently to tour Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood (visiting the National Museum of Mexican Art, which sports one of the best museum stores I’ve ever been to) and, while strolling down W. 18th Street after a dessert stop at Creperia Nuevo Leon, we came upon Pinwheel Records, a place that was advertising an upcoming fund-raiser for a local kitten support group with a window display of well-known album covers that had been “kittenized” (see photo). This reminded me of just how important album cover imagery is in the promotion of music products and in building lasting memories for fans and consumers of these products. Great new examples of these can be found in the 200+ submissions we judges had the opportunity to see and review for this year’s Making Vinyl Packaging Awards (see item on this competition, which follows) and also in the many shows, articles and more you can read about (if you give me a few minutes of your time) by scrolling through this month’s easy-to-digest 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 News Update and Summary – End of July – August, 2019

 

 

 

Album Cover Hall of Fame News Update and Summary – End of July – August, 2019

By Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

Summer marches on. After driving by the area in downtown Chicago where the annual Lollapalooza music event is being held (making motoring down Lake Shore Drive extra fun) and seeing the happy crowds enjoying the performances/shenanigans taking place there (although, with ticket prices starting at $130 for a one-day general admission pass and going up to $4200 for a 4-day “platinum pass”, which gets you “access to the luxurious, climate-controlled North & South Platinum Lounges featuring signature cocktails, craft beer, champagne, wine and curated culinary offerings; premium viewing areas in front of five stages; access to on-stage viewing at the North & South main stages; complete access to the VIP Lolla Lounges, including the new stage featuring performances by Lolla artists” and, my favorite perk, “golf cart transportation between the Platinum Festival entrance, Lounges, and front-of-stage viewing areas” – I mean, who can walk after all of that champagne and “curated culinary offerings”? – this is one fest I’ll have to live without), it reminds me that there are simpler and no-less-enjoyable ways to spend a few minutes of your time, such as reviewing this month’s easy-to-digest 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 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 Art and Artist News Summary and Preview for May/June, 2019

 

 

 

Album Cover Hall of Fame News Update – May, 2019 (with previews for June/July, too)

By Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

6/1/19 update –

With Summer almost upon us, it’s important to know what’s going on with the people who make your favorite album cover images just in case their work is on display in your area (and, if you’re lucky, whether they’re going to be in your area in support of these shows). In addition to the details of these current/ongoing/just closed shows, you’ll also find interesting tidbits about new books, prints and other collectibles now available, as well as a little sad news about the passing of two well-regarded album cover artists. And so, without any further delay, heeeere’s this month’s summary…

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Album Cover Art and Artist News Summary and Preview for April/May, 2019

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Album Cover Hall of Fame News Update – April/May, 2019

Posted May 1, 2019 by Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

Although last Sunday’s snowstorm dumped several inches of powder on my just-popping-open tulips, it looks as though that might have been the last of it and we can now look forward to Spring and all of the joy it brings us. My regular scours of the Internet also pointed me to a number of newly-hatched stories about our favorite subjects – album cover art and the work of the people that make it – and so here’s a quick summary about some of the new exhibitions, artist appearances, book releases and other stories that I think you’ll enjoy:

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Interview with artist Kyle Lambert on his work on the cover for Muse’s Simulation Theory

 

Interview with artist Kyle Lambert on his work on the cover for Muse’s  Simulation Theory

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted March 22, 2019 by Mike Goldstein, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com

Those of you who’ve been reading my interviews with album cover artists over the years have seen many examples of “crossover” talents. In some cases, its musicians who, whether through their genes or through constant exposure to the visual arts, have taken on very active roles – as art director, illustrator, designer, photographer or muse – in the projects that produce the imagery that helps promote their music to the press and fan bases. In other examples, it is a visual artist’s exposure to new music (and the people that make it) that leads them to pursue opportunities to collaborate with a musical act or their label’s art departments. I’ve also shown you several instances when a visual artist who has built a portfolio of work for clients in the music business has then gone on to more/greater fame in other aspects of the art world (fine art, music videos, film and television, advertising, etc.).

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