Saturday, May 8, 2010

Music News & Notes

Sarah McLachlan Unveils "Laws Of Illusion" Album Cover

Sarah McLachlan is proud to unveil the cover art for her forthcoming album "Laws of Illusion." The first single from the highly-anticipated new release, "Loving You Is Easy", is now available to download at iTunes, Amazon and all major digital retailers. Leave a comment right here letting Sarah and other fans know what you think of the album cover and remember, "Laws Of Illusion" will be available everywhere June 15th!


Grave Unveil "Burial Ground" Cover Art

Swedish old school death metal misanthropes Grave recently unveiled the cover art and tracklisting for their eagerly-anticipated upcoming studio album entitled "Burial Ground." The striking imagery was crated by Costin Chioreanu of Twillight13 Media (Ulver, Absu, Summoning, Goreaphobia etc.). "Burial Ground" is scheduled for release via Regain Records this June.


Book Talk: Sex, drugs and classic record covers

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - A new book of record covers shows how musicians forged an identity and communicated with fans, using an art form that has sometimes endured longer than the music between the covers.

"The Art of the LP: Classic Album Covers 1955-1995," by Ben Wardle and Johnny Morgan, which will be published in the United States and Britain on Tuesday, groups rock, pop and jazz images by theme: sex, drugs, death, and escape.

The escape theme has cropped up in lyrics and imagery of popular music since the beginnings of rock 'n roll half a century ago.

The imagery on album covers became an important part of the music experience. In the book fans will find Eric Clapton, ABBA, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Tony Bennett and others.

Morgan spoke with Reuters about the images, baby boomers' deep pockets, and why some album covers were more useful than others.

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Q&A with Storm Thorgerson, Album-Cover Artist Extraordinaire

LONDON— Storm Thorgerson had been in his London flat when the Pink Floyd dropped by. No surprise there. They all knew each other from Cambridge. “Syd and I were mates in the same gang. Roger wasn’t in our gang. But he was at the same school,” Thorgerson says. Syd Barrett. Roger Waters. This was 1968.

Thorgerson had an artist friend in the flat whom the Floyd had asked to design the cover of their second album, Saucerful of Secrets. “He declined,” Thorgerson says. “I was standing in the doorway.” He mimicked his eager young self. “I’ll do that! I’ll do it!”

So he did. Thorgerson was doing two years in the Royal College’s film school. “I had aspirations of being a filmmaker,” he says. The Saucerful cover changed that. Hipgnosis, the company he started with Aubrey Powell – “Po” – did several other commissions, then established a rep for quirky freethinking with an image of a piebald cow in a field, its majestic rear end pretty much in the viewer’s face, they proposed for the Floyd’s Atom Heart Mother. EMI shuddered; the band loved it. Deal.

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