Domtar EarthChoice, 1996. 1/1000. Paperback. 32pp. Square quarto [30.5cm]. Glossy, textured pictorial wraps with embossed details. Internally, the reproductions of album covers include details such as sculptured, multi-level dye embossing, silver foil lamination, and spot gloss UV coating. New. Item #53716
"Before the mid-sixties music explosion hit, album covers existed, with some notable exceptions, just to hold the records. That was of course before Gary Burden began creating the covers."
Prior to his recent passing, Burdon had designed album art for everyone from Steppenwolf to The Eagles to Neil Young. In 1964, when the recent architectural school graduate designed a home for Mama Cass, she saw a level of artistic talent she felt would flourish in the field of album design and helped Burden get his start. More recently, he worked with artists Conor Oberst, My Morning Jacket and Kurt Vile. In this gorgeous, thoughtfully-designed book, Burdon features his 14 favorite designs, with album cover on each recto, and with interesting descriptions of the artistic process and story behind each creation on opposing page. Did you know that The Doors iconic "Morrison Hotel" cover involved a mad dash to take the photo before the disapproving concierge chased the band away? Or that Richard Pryor's controversial "Live" album cover almost resulted in a lawsuit from National Geographic (and did result in Burden's first Grammy nomination)? Learn a bit more about this unforgettable musical imagery with this labor of love volume printed entirely on eco-conscious paper.