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    • Reid Miles (1927-1993) The moody photography of Francis Wolff and the artistic genius of Reid Miles became hugely influential in the world of music and graphic design, and turned Blue Note album covers into enduring cultural gems.
    • Barney Bubbles (1942-1983) Londoner Barney Bubbles, who changed his name legally from Colin Fulcher, trained at Twickenham Art College and worked at Terence Conran’s groundbreaking consultancy, before moving into record design.
    • Hipgnosis (1968-1983) Hipgnosis – a term mixing “hip” with “gnosis” (meaning “mystic thought”) – was coined by Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett for the design pairing of English art student friends Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell, when the band asked them to design the cover for their 1968 album, A Saucerful Of Secrets.
    • Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013) When Hipgnosis came to an end in 1983, Storm Thorgerson started a company making concert films and music videos, including works for Robert Plant, Kajagoogoo and Big Country.
    • Mariah Carey – Someone’s Ugly Daughter. Mariah Carey made some serious headlines last year when she revealed that she'd made a secret grunge album under the moniker Chick in the '90s.
    • Ryan Mendez – Yellowcard. Yellowcard really put everything into their masterpiece of a final album. That, of course, meant targeting their creative energy from all angles.
    • David Bowie – Outside. Given David Bowie's propensity for visual art, it's surprising that he wasn't solely responsible for all of his album covers. While he assumed design direction for many works, the visual credits on his records were usually quite extensive.
    • Hannah Hooper – Little Mess. It's hardly surprising that a creative collective like Grouplove might tackle their album art needs in-house. And with a founding member as visually talented as Hannah Hooper, why shouldn't they?
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    • Raymond Pettibon for Sonic Youth’s Goo (1990) The cover of Gooby downtown New York noise-rock band Sonic Youth has a novel’s worth of story condensed into a few words within a dark and undeniably cool drawing by Raymond Pettibon, whose prolific work has taken everything from surfing-minded renderings of waves to politically pointed portraits of wrongheadedness of all kinds.
    • Andy Warhol for Aretha Franklin’s Aretha (1986) Andy Warhol designed several celebrated album covers (mostly notably for the Velvet Underground and the Rolling Stones, whose Sticky Fingersincluded a zipper incorporated into a picture of a very tight pair crotch-hugging jeans).
    • Howard Finster for Talking Heads’ Little Creatures (1985) The cover for Little Creatures(the album bearing the hit singles “And She Was” and “Road to Nowhere”) is a painting by Howard Finster, an artist and Baptist minister who made a surreal sort of pilgrimage site at his home known as Paradise Garden in rural Georgia.
    • Robert Longo for Glenn Branca’s The Ascension (1981) The maelstrom of detuned guitars summoning a symphonic din on Glenn Branca’s The Ascensionwas encased in a cover bearing a stark black-and-white drawing from Robert Longo’s “Men in the Cities” series inspired by photographs the artist staged and later translated into illustrations.
  2. Sep 26, 2011 · Specializing in countless media, Saddle Creek graphic designer Zack Nipper has constructed a slew of imaginative album art over the years. With a client list including Cursive, Neva Dinova, and...

    • The Velvet Underground & Nico. Noted for the unique pop-art print of a banana, The Velvet Underground & Nico album cover was created in direct collaboration with Andy Warhol himself, whose avant-garde ‘Factory’ studio played host to the band.
    • The Rolling Stones. Andy Warhol’s “Peel slowly and see” concept was developed further with The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers album cover. The original cover, the concept thought up by Warhol, featured a close-up photograph of a blue-jean clad crotch (with visible outline of a penis) and a working jeans zipper that unzipped to reveal an image of cotton underwear beneath.
    • New Order. Designed by Peter Saville, the New Order’s Power, Corruption, and Lies album cover is a reproduction of French artist Henri Fantin-Latour’s painting A Basket of Roses, that belongs to the permanent collection of the National Gallery in London.
    • Guns ‘N’ Roses. “[It is] a symbolic social statement, with the robot representing the industrial system that’s raping and polluting our environment.” The 1987 cover of Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction is arguably one of the most censored album covers of all time.
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