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Amazing Expressive Photos of A Young Lita Ford on Stage from The 1970s and 1980s

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Lita Ford, a name synonymous with the world of hard rock, was a trailblazer in a predominantly male world. As she once explained, “Rock and roll is basically a man’s world. You have to play, sing and shake your ass on stage – and not be afraid to let your make-up run”. Continue reading »

Big Apple Beats: The Project that Visualizes New York’s Sound Culture

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Retoka Studio and Ruben Alvarez present Big Apple Beats, a project that turns New York City’s sounds into 3D visuals. Using photos of the city’s lights and digital effects, they make shapes and colors that look like music equalizers. They want to show the diversity and energy of New York’s sound culture. Continue reading »

Through the Lens of Courage: Iconic Photographs that Immortalize Pearl Jam’s Fearless Concert Moments

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In the world of rock and roll, there are bands that push the boundaries and captivate audiences with their daring performances. One such band is Pearl Jam, known for their grunge sound and electric live shows. Continue reading »

‘Sticky Fingers’ – The Rolling Stones: Recollecting the 1971 Stunning Photoshoot

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One can’t help but reminisce about the 70s when rock music was reigning supreme. This was a golden era defined by many revolutionary albums, one of which was ‘Sticky Fingers’ by the legendary Rolling Stones. Continue reading »

Too Shy, Too Cool: Reliving the Trendsetting Looks of Kajagoogoo in the 80s

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The 1980s were a time of vibrant fashion and unforgettable music, and one band that epitomized the era was Kajagoogoo. Hailing from Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, Kajagoogoo started their journey as a four-piece avant-garde group called Art Nouveau. Continue reading »

60775: The Bizarre Artistic Journey of Jarek Kubicki

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Jarek Kubicki is a name that has become synonymous with digital art in Poland. Born in 1976 in Gdańsk, he has made a name for himself as an artist, photographer, and creative director. With a background in fine arts and a talent for web design, Jarek has become one of the most sought-after digital artists in the country. Continue reading »

Capturing the Unbridled Hysteria of Beatlemania: LIFE Photographer Stan Wayman’s Portraits of Fans at the Beatles’ First US Concert

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The Beatles are undoubtedly one of the most iconic bands in the history of popular music. Their influence on music and culture is immeasurable, with their impact felt not just in their home country of the UK, but across the world. Beyond the impact their music had on everyone from Bob Dylan and the Beach Boys to Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones, The Beatles also sparked the era-defining phenomenon known as Beatlemania. Continue reading »

Uncovering the Iconic Photoshoot of Nirvana in New York by Stephen Sweet for Melody Maker in 1993

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Let’s take a trip down memory lane to one of Nirvana’s most iconic photoshoots. The shoot was for a 2-part interview in the UK’s Melody Maker weekly newspaper, and photographer Stephen Sweet had reserved the entire day for the press event. He picked up the band by taxicab and brought them to the Liberty Theatre, an abandoned movie theatre located on 42nd street in Manhattan, for the photo session. Continue reading »

Nostalgic Photos of Kurt Cobain Wearing a “Hi, How Are You” T-Shirt

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The impact of Kurt Cobain on the music scene of the early 90s is undeniable, but it’s important to recognize the influence of other artists, particularly those like Daniel Johnston who never quite achieved mainstream success. Continue reading »

Cats and Dogs Take Over Sheet Music with Composer’s Creative Touch

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Noam Oxman has crafted a beautiful piece of music as a memorial tribute for his chubby cat. The musical notation is composed of ten instruments in ten measures, and its sound is surprisingly good. He describes his cat as a “sprinkle of playful piccolo, a touch of warm strings, and a sweet harmony progression,” a description that aptly applies to the music as well. Continue reading »

Gorgeous Photos of a Young Linda Ronstadt, the First Lady of Rock, in the 1970s

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Linda Ronstadt is an iconic figure in the music industry. She is credited as the first female “arena class” rock star, having released chart-topping albums that included Heart Like a Wheel, Simple Dreams, and Living in the USA. Continue reading »

Life Before iPods: 26 Vintage Photographs Show the Heyday of Boombox in New York City From the 1980s

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Those of us who lived in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s can testify to the very serious quality of life issues – graffiti covered subways, vandalism, garbage, crime, noise, drugs. The streets were minefields of dog poop just waiting for the next victim, those unfamiliar with the terrain or seasoned New Yorkers who had a momentary lapse of attention to the sidewalks. It was a very rough time and not the promised land at all. Continue reading »

Björk With a Cute Pixie Cut Photographed by Herb Ritts in 1989

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Björk was born on October 21, 1966, in Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik. From the age of six until she was 14, she attended a local music school, where she studied the classics, and learned to play the flute and the piano. These amazing portraits of Björk were taken by photographer Herb Ritts in 1989, when she still was in the Sugarcubes. Continue reading »

Agnetha Faltskog of ABBA Looking Groovy in a Pink Heart Jumpsuit in the 1970s

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Some vintage photos of Agnetha Fältskog wearing, according to the press, “a sexy, pink jumpsuit with a heart shaped opening on her belly. When she wore it the temperature of the male audience rose…” Continue reading »

Deep Purple “Fireball” Cover Photo Session, 1971

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Fireball is the fifth album by English rock band Deep Purple, released in 1971. It was recorded at various times between September 1970 and June 1971. It became the first of the band’s three UK No. 1 albums, though it did not stay on the charts as long as its predecessor, Deep Purple in Rock. Even though the album has sold over a million copies in the UK, it has never received a certification there. Continue reading »

French Artist Recreates Famous Album Covers as Cartoon Characters

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Linda Bouderbala is an illustrator from France who discovered her love for art from a really young age. Scrolling through her art, you will notice that the colors she uses are very vibrant and the people she draws are expressive. One of her projects involves recreating famous album covers as if they were part of a cartoon world. Continue reading »

Outtake Photos From The Doors’ Debut Album Cover in 1967

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Almost every rock fan is familiar with The Doors 1967 eponymous debut album containing the hit songs “Light My Fire”, “Break On Through”, “Soul Kitchen” and “The End”. The album’s iconic front and back covers were photographed by Joel Brodsky. The back cover photo was also used for a billboard advertisement; the first album to ever get that treatment on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Continue reading »

Bronze Muscles and Monsters of the Black Sun: Fantasy Illustrations by Ken Kelly

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Ken W. Kelly was an American fantasy artist. Over his 50-year career, he focused in particular on paintings in the sword and sorcery and heroic fantasy subgenres. Continue reading »

For the Record: Photography & the Art of the Album Cover

For the Record: Photography & the Art of the Album Cover celebrates the unique ‘object d’art’ that is the Album Cover and reflects upon its role in shaping and making artists – both in front of and behind the camera.

For the Record brings together over 200 album covers, highlighting the central role photography plays in defining artists and bands, and showcasing some of the most iconic album covers of our times.

Grace Jones – Nightclubbing, Island Records, 1981, by Jean-Paul Goude
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The Nightclubbing cover is regarded as one of the most iconic of album sleeves. Despite Goude and Jones’s controversial relationship, this is perhaps the most memorable image of the singer. Continue reading »

God Save the Queen: Amazing Photos of Manchester Punks in the 1980s

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Punk fashion is the clothing, hairstyles, cosmetics, jewelery, and body modifications of the punk counterculture. Punk fashion varies widely, ranging from Vivienne Westwood designs to styles modeled on bands like The Exploited to the dressed-down look of North American hardcore. The distinct social dress of other subcultures and art movements, including glam rock, skinheads, rude boys, greasers, and mods have influenced punk fashion. Continue reading »

Back To Beat Street: Photos of Hip-Hop In The Bronx Back in the 1980s

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Sophie Bramly spent 1982 to 1984 photographing clubs and culture in the Bronx. The New York borough was home to new sound and look. Continue reading »

Candid Photographs of The Rolling Stones Performing at the Alexandra Palace in London, 1964

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The Rolling Stones’ All Night Rave took place at the Alexandra Palace in London on June 26, 1964. Organized by The Rolling Stones’ fan club, the show coincided with the release date of the band’s hit “It’s All Over Now”. The Stones joined a blues-rich bill that featured John Lee Hooker, John Mayall, Alexis Korner, and Jimmy Powell and the Five Dimensions. Continue reading »

Pet Owner Photoshops Hery Dogs Into Classic Album Covers

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According to Sara Rosen: “I don’t know what to get my husband for his birthday. He just doesn’t want stuff, doesn’t need stuff, doesn’t really like stuff. But there are a couple of things he does like: our two adorable, stupid, wonderful, demanding, old pooches…and music. So obviously I photoshopped the two doggos into some classic album covers, turned it into a calendar, and gave him that…” Continue reading »

Stunning Photos of Betty Davis and Her Bold, Funky Style in the Late 1960s and ’70s

Born 1945 in Durham, North Carolina, American funk and soul singer Betty Davis recorded “Get Ready For Betty” b/w “I’m Gonna Get My Baby Back” in 1964 for DCP International. Sometime in that same era, she also recorded a duet with Roy Arlington and under their joint name “Roy and Betty,” released a single for Safice entitled, “I’ll Be There.” Continue reading »

Post-Punk, Goth And New Wave: Artist Replaces Frontmen And Women With Protagonists Of Film Classics

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Accordign to an artist: “I am Butcher Billy and I’m an illustrator and designer based in Curitiba, Brazil. I’ve worked with Netflix, Marvel, Black Mirror, Honda, Warner, Amazon Prime, Playboy, Stranger Things, New York Times, Universal Music and others. Continue reading »