How Robert Rauschenberg Met Talking Heads, and Ended Up Designing The “Speaking in Tongues” Album Cover

In 1993, legendary artist Robert Rauschenberg designed the album cover for Talking Heads’ fifth studio album, Speaking in Tongues.  Rauschenberg’s cover, with three spinning plastic discs and a clear vinyl LP, all packed in a vacu-form clamshell, was too costly for regular copies of the album; so the album was issued with a conventional (David […]

Detroit launch of Total Chaos with Iggy Pop, and first review: “Total Chaos is phenomenal – a must-have for all fans of the group”

Just back from Detroit where we had an incredible launch for Total Chaos: The Story of The Stooges/As Told By Iggy Pop, with…Mr. Iggy Pop himself.  Iggy joined me for an interview, Q&A and book signing at Detroit’s stunning Third Man Records.  Jim Jarmusch, director of the wonderful Stooges documentary Gimmie Danger (which had it’s […]

RIP DAVID KING – The Greatest Album Cover Designer Ever

In May, the great David King passed away.  You may not have heard of him, but he was my hero.  An obituary in the New York Times described him as ‘a graphic designer and design historian who amassed one of the world’s largest collections of Soviet political art and photographs, which he drew on for […]

Working With Prince

As I previously wrote, I had the great fortune to work with Prince during the 90’s, while an executive at Warner Bros. Records. I art directed a number of his album covers (pictured throughout this post*) and oversaw much of the marketing for his records. We weren’t friends by any means; nobody at Warner Bros. […]

My New Book With Iggy Pop On The Stooges

This week Third Man Books (part of Jack White’s Third Man Records) announced a book I’ve been working on for quite some time.  Here’s their press release.  As the winter release comes nearer, I’ll be posting some updates, but for now, this tells the story. THIRD MAN BOOKS ANNOUNCES TOTAL CHAOS: THE STORY OF THE […]

RIP PRINCE

An hour ago I learned that Prince has died.  I  had the very great privilege of working closely with him during the 1990’s, while I was at Warner Bros. Records, his record label.  At Warner Bros, and before that A&M Records,  I had the good fortune to work with many extraordinarily talented artists .  But […]

David Bowie : A Personal Tribute

Today I’m listening to David Bowie’s first 8 albums in chronological order, and thinking about one my all time musical heroes.  When I heard he’d died, I was shocked, but not surprised.  There were rumors of ill health, and he hadn’t looked well in recent videos.  But still… In the 1970’s, I was obsessed with […]

Virtual Museum – Handwritten Set Lists by the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and The Clash

I love set lists–the list of songs an artist puts together to perform at a particular concert.  To me, they’re among the most compelling of all music collectibles — ideally, handwritten by a musician, used on stage during a performance, and documenting a specific moment in that artist’s evolution. Some artists play the same songs […]

Music History You Can Visit In Memphis and Nashville

In May, my wife Jody and I drove across the America, coast to coast, from Los Angeles to Savannah, Georgia–a bucket list dream of mine.  And much to my wife’s delight, I ended up driving the whole 3000+ miles.  We spent about 19 days, stopping in 10 cities, seeing the sights, visiting friends and for […]

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