Pioneer of Cover Art Dies
I grew up saving money to buy albums. Big 33 and 1/3 rpm, vinyl albums with liner notes, lyrics, and cover art. When CDs arrived packaging was extended to give buyers the same sense of bigness. (FYI drug companies and now books inflate packaging or print so it seems like you are getting more. Who knew? We supersize sort of culture. Just check Dune in regular size and the new 800+page version that takes up more room on a shelf and feels more like an “I need an editor” Harry Potter tome). Oh right, back to the idea here (and where the hell is my editor one could ask).
The Times reports that the man who created the first art for LPs has died. Cover art fascinates me. At once it is, or was, a way to sell; yet it has its place as art too. The covers to almost any Blue Note album evokes a special moment in style and vibe. Others from the 1960s, 70s, and onward are special too. Sgt. Pepper’s spawned emulations by Prince and others I think. The images became part of the invitation to explore a world and mind set.
So think of a cover that has meaning for you and share. In the interim, check out these two and see what memories they may stir: