Paul Anka: Luminous Painter

For the promotion of Paul Anka’s prestigious album The Painter (1976), record company United Artists spared no costs. They produced a light box with the cover image on the album, to put on the counter of selected record stores. The Warhol portrait is printed on […]

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Censored Silk Electric cassette

The cover portrait for the 1982 Diana Ross album Silk Electric was based on a Polaroid picture that Warhol shot of the singer, with bare shoulders. For the release of the album on cassette in Egypt, the naked shoulder seemed to be a problem. Which was easily fixed with […]

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Latin Rhythms record bin divider

A recent find on eBay is this vintage cardboard record divider with the image of Warhol’s Latin Rhythms cover, for making browsing easier at the record shop. Apparently RCA provided this kind of cards to the record shops, that fitted in record bins or drawers […]

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Latin Rhythms by the Boston Pops

Looking at Warhol’s cover for the EP Latin Rhythms by the Boston Pops always makes me happy. The drawing of the Mariachi musicians with so-called ‘sprite faces’, and the design are so beautiful and funny. This cover was only released as a 7″, in the period where […]

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Milano-Madrid, and back again

Miguel Bosé was born in Panama (South America); his father was a famous Spanish bullfighter ( Luis Miguel Dominguín), his mother an Italian actress (Lucia Bosè). He became a star in all three places. In 1983 Bosé released two records simultaneously: Made in Spain in Spain […]

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Typography by Warhol?

UPDATE 30/09/2017 In an interview published in a 2008 re-release of Made in Spain, Miguel Bosé says he himself wrote the title on the cover of Made in Spain. Read more here. In my previous post I wrote about the booklet that was part of the luxurious […]

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Miguel Bosé: Light My Fuego

The June 1983 issue of El Gran Musical, a Spanish pop & rock magazine, offers some great color pictures of Andy Warhol at work, making Polaroid shots of singer Miguel Bosé. Warhol was asked to design the cover for Bosé’s new album Made in Spain. I don’t […]

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Brazilian Artie Shaw LP cover

It’s about time I start writing for this blog again, the first post in 2016. The reason for this gap in time is that I’ve been working on a city guide book about Budapest (Hungary), which was an intensive ride. Beautiful city, lots of things to do. Now […]

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Debbie Harry: In Love With Love

A second single was pulled from the Rockbird album: In Love With Love. The original US release in 1986 did not have a Warhol related cover. Pictures were by the famous fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo (1921-2004). In the video for this song however Debbie Harry […]

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Debbie Harry: French Kissin’ Rockbird

The power of being Andy Warhol. Not being officially commissioned for the cover design of an album, and yet having your stamp of approval all over it. I’m talking about the album Rockbird by Debbie Harry, released in 1986. The second solo album by the front […]

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The voice of Tennessee Williams

The speciality of record label Caedmon was literature and spoken word, preferably read by the author in person. Andy Warhol delivered a beautiful illustration for the cover of ‘Tennessee Williams reading from The Glass Menagerie, The Yellow Bird and Five poems’. Warhol’s cover art is used only from […]

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Alexander Nevsky: Battle on The Ice

In this post we travel back to 1949, Andy Warhol’s first year as a commercial artist in New York. One of his early assignments was a drawing for the Columbia LP of Prokofiev’s ‘Alexander Nevsky’ (Masterworks Records, ML 4247), conducted by Eugene Ormandy. Sergei Prokofiev originally wrote […]

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