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 Endless River”: Revenge of the Dinosaurs

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Pink Floyd's new (and final) album, The Endless River, had every reason to fail on its release November 10. At a time when album sales are in a free fall, the Floyd released an unabashed 53-minute artifact of the era of album-oriented rock. The Endless River consists mostly of ambient ...

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 ...