The photographers who revolutionised album art

Mail & Guardian | Sean O’Hagan:


A curious new exhibition for nerds and fans alike shows the hits and misses of album artwork – and the covers too rude to use. 

In 1972 Charlie Watts, drummer of the Rolling Stones, met with Man Ray and asked if he would design the cover for the group’s new album, Exile on Main Street.

The 82-year-old artist agreed and produced a design in which the faces of the five Rolling Stones appeared inside black circles on a white background. The inspiration, he said, was the song Tumbling Dice, the first single from the album…


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