Yup, that’s right folks, today is National Record Album Day. First I’ve heard of it but hey, a great excuse to re-visit some vintage rock and roll album covers and other related music art. It was SO HARD to pick just a few to feature, so much great art out there in vinyl land. Just Bowie’s or the Dead’s covers are enough to fill a quality art book by themselves!
Apparently, small record stores everywhere are having special events, so check out your area. There are links at the bottom of this post for more info and local stores. Take some time to support your local indie record store this week-end, buy that record you’ve always wanted! Or think ahead and get your mom a groovy disk for Mother’s day.
Patti Smith “Horses” by Robert Mapplethorpe
Some info on the cover photography and an interview with Patti, here: Robert Mapplethorpe
Nirvana “In Utero”, Cover art by Robert Fisher
The title was taken from a poem written by Courtney Love. Most of the ideas for the artwork for the album and related singles came from Cobain. Fisher recalled that “[Cobain] would just give me some loose odds and ends and say ‘Do something with it.’” In the US, retail chain stores Wal-Mart and Kmart refused to sell the album. According to The New York Times, Wal-Mart claimed it did not carry the album due to lack of consumer demand, while Kmart representatives explained that the album “didn’t fit within our merchandise mix”. In truth, both chains feared that customers would be offended by the artwork on the album’s back cover. DGC issued a new version of the album with reworked packaging to the stores in March 1994.
Los Lobos “La Pistola Y El Corazon” by George Yepes
Absolutely one of my favorite paintings of all time… Wouldn’t you know it – this original is owned by Sean Penn and Madonna, great taste on this one! What other goodies do you two have on your walls?
More of Yepes art here: www.georgeyepes.com
Creative Music Emporium
Force of Habit Records
Medium Rare Music
The Music Store
Down Home Music (El Cerrito)
Mod Lang (El Cerrito)
1-2-3-4 Go! Records (Oakland)