POWER OF POP MUSIC ROCK HISTORY: ALBUM COVERS – WHEN ART MET ROCK!

ROCK HISTORY: ALBUM COVERS – WHEN ART MET ROCK!

In the 1950s, at the dawn of rock ’n’ roll and the apex of hipster jazz music, album covers were functional and intended as a pure marketing tool. To wit,

But as the 1960s rolled on and as The Beatles led a revolution in pop music, albums and their covers would be looked upon as works of art in their own right. From the mid-60s onwards with the advent of psychedelic rock which would develop into progressive rock, album covers would reflect the artiness of the music contained within. Here are some distinctive examples.

ASIA – ASIA (1982)

Created by Roger Dean.

CREAM – DISRAELI GEARS (1967)

Created by Martin Sharp

KING CRIMSON – IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING (1969)

Created by Barry Godber

MOODY BLUES – EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOUR (1971)

Created by Phil Travers

SANTANA – ABRAXAS (1970)

Created by Mati Klarwein

YES – FRAGILE (1971)

Created by Roger Dean

… still there’s more …

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