Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Want my advice? Go and see the Carnaby Street lights instead. Much more fun with huge pink reindeer and groovy 1960s inflatable hearts proclaiming love and peace. That's my idea of Christmas decorations and, incidentally, my idea of what Christmas is all about.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
In 1968, Thorgerson and Powell were photography students looking for a direction. The arrival of exciting and innovative LP covers such as The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper and the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers made them realise that there was potential to develop the 12" by 12" LP cover into an art form. The fact that they shared a flat at the time with maverick Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett led to them creating their first few covers ... and an almost lifelong association with the band.
Apart from designing almost all of Pink Floyd's covers - including the iconic Dark Side of the Moon and Animals - they also did covers for Marc Bolan, Yes, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Wings, 10CC, UFO, Styx, Black Sabbath and many more. Between them and Roger Dean, they probably defined the look of LP cover art for a decade.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
The show marks 30 years of the UK's rudest magazine and features lots of original artwork. And, as you can see above, it's on until late January.
Simon Donald and Sid the Sexist sizing up the interviewer's shirt potatoes
Charlie Brooker smiling because he got my allocation of wine
Most of the VIZ mainstays were there including Simon Donald, Simon Thorp, Graham Dury, Davey Jones and Alex Collier. A notable absence was Chris Donald who started the magazine but then retired from it 2001. However, I did meet Chris earlier in the year after a recording of QI's The Museum of Curiosity. Already having a signed copy of his fantastic VIZ memoir and autobiography Rude Kids, I asked the others to also sign it. Here's the finished result: