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 ...

From Eminem to Warhol: creating art out of vinyl

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Daniel Edlen makes art out of vinyl LPs. Yup, I'm talking about the shiny black LPs that defined how we experienced music in the pre-digital era, which have become in vogue again more than 60 years after vinyl was introduced. Daniel's business, Vinyl Art, offers stunning images of iconic musicians ...

How the Rolling Stones got their mojo back (and you can, too)

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Let’s say you’re an aging business or marketing executive with your back against the wall. You’ve accomplished great things in your career but nothing substantial lately. A brash generation of upstarts threatens to muscle you aside with their attitude and fresh ideas. What would you do? If you wanted to follow ...

All hail Imax

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

As an avid movie goer, I applaud the recent financial success of Imax -- the company that offers movies on giant screens with overwhelming sound. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, within the past two years, box office sales for movies shown on Imax screens have more than tripled, and Imax says ...

Getting a Life

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

The two people outside my family who read my blog regularly know that occasionally I find lessons for marketers from pop culture, especially music and books. I don't read books or listen to music in order to become a better marketer; rather, the learnings just come to me from what ...

Old bands, great brands shine in 2010

Friday, December 17th, 2010

There seems to be no end to the merchandising of so-called legacy rock stars, and 2010 was no exception: In February the ghost of Elvis returned to Las Vegas with the opening of Cirque du Soleil Viva ELVIS. The Rolling Stones owned the month of May with a heavily promoted re-issue of ...

Would "Exile on Main St." have survived Twitter?

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

The build-up to the May 18 re-release of Exile on Main St. has been nothing short of astonishing especially for an album that received mixed reviews on its release in 1972. Jimmy Fallon hosted Rolling Stones Week culminating in the premier of a new documentary about the band, Stones in ...

Annie Leibovitz at Work

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

If you rely on the power of an image to tell a story -- which is true for just about any marketer -- then you owe it to yourself to read the recently published Annie Leibovitz at Work.  Leibovitz describes the stories behind noteworthy photographic shoots of her career, ranging ...

Top 20 albums of all time?

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Just what the world needs: another top 20 albums of all time list, courtesy of the Y! Radish Music Blog. This list is a bit different from the usual critical assessments because it seeks to be more objective and empirical, weighing factors such as album sales, "critical rating value" ...

I love REM's latest but . . .

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Accelerate sounds great but features the worst CD cover art (above) since Robert Plant released Fate of Nations: And just about as bad as the hideous cover of the otherwise excellent A Bigger Bang by the Rolling Stones: Why hide one of the most visible and highly recognizable bands in the world ...