“Wish You Were Here”: The Art of Absence

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Two men, one of them in flames, shake hands in a studio back lot. The image of a nude woman emerges from a red veil. A diver breaks the waves of a lake without creating a splash or ripple in the water. Those evocative images form the elements of the ...

How an Album Cover Expressed Peter Gabriel’s Dark Creation

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

An intruder, an assassin, and an amnesiac: they are among the fractured souls who inhabit the ghostly landscape of Peter Gabriel's third album, Peter Gabriel. Released in 1980, Peter Gabriel was the sound of a daring artist finding inspiration from some dark place on the fringes of society. And the ...

Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon”: How an Album Cover Became an Icon

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Rock legends Pink Floyd would have been a perfect match for the visually oriented era of Pinterest and Tumblr had the band emerged today. At the height of Pink Floyd's popularity in the 1970s, the Floyd's visually arresting album covers and iconography complemented the artistry of the its music and ...

Creating Art from Failure: The Design of the “Houses of the Holy” Album Cover

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Great artists turn limitations into strengths. Case in point: the cover art for Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy, the subject of my latest post in a series that celebrates memorable album covers. The story of this astonishing design begins in 1972, when Led Zeppelin, at the height of its creative ...