“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 ...

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 ...

Dick Wingate Talks Music and His New Record Label BHi Music Group

Monday, January 6th, 2014

What's the role of a record label in an era when musicians can manage their careers with platforms like Kickstarter and Soundcloud? According to industry executive Dick Wingate, a good label matters more than ever before, if for no other reason than to help artists break through the cluttered music ...

From Goldfrapp to Pink Floyd: How Great Album Covers Tell Visual Stories

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Visual Storytelling through Memorable Album Covers from David Deal Album cover design is alive and well in the digital era. However, the role of the album cover has changed. The days are long gone when album cover art served to attract your eye amid a sea of vinyl in ...

My Cold-Weather Rock and Roll

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Winter has tightened its grip on Chicago. On a Friday afternoon in early December, the temperatures feel like they are dropping by the minute. The sun escapes the chill of the day early, leaving behind long shadows and an occasional gust of cold wind. This is the time for staying ...

Music Streaming: The Haves and the Have-Nots

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

In recent days, I have blogged about the vast divide between the music industry elite and the have-nots. Last week I focused on the music elite via my post about Jay Z's relationship with Samsung. (Jay Z responded defiantly by removing the hyphen in his name.) Yesterday my post about ...

Memorable Album Covers: The Sensual Soul of “Al Green’s Greatest Hits”

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Al Green oozes playful sensuality on the cover of Al Green's Greatest Hits. The album was a popular summation of his career when it was released in April 1975, showcasing his sweet, aching voice on songs such as "Let's Stay Together." Most greatest hits packages are nothing more than blatant ...

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 ...

Queen of My Soul

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Music, sweet music. You're the queen of my soul. Those words come from a soaring Average White Band song, "Queen of My Soul." I've been thinking a lot about that song during a week defined by my love of music. On Tuesday, a popular Pink Floyd news resource, Brain Damage, published ...

Celebrating Memorable Album Covers

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Everything old is new again. In the classic rock era, musicians and their audiences met each other through record albums. For music fans, holding the vinyl in your hands and exploring record cover art was part of the joy of discovering new music. For musicians, the album artifact was an ...