Post by Michael OConnor
Great album cover; hate to hear the story about the guy, and I don't know
much about how album covers come about, or came about, as they are pretty
much a lost art these days. I would guess it is a generally commissioned art
or photography job, and it's not like the guy who does the cover art is going
to get a cut of the album sales, and it sounds like that is what this guy is
after. The bottom line is, when you sign a contract to do a job, be sure to
read the fine print first.
Also, the guy has to keep in mind this was 1970, and Jethro Tull wasn't
exactly the Rolling Stones or Bob Dylan or The Who, so nobody really knew
this album was going to sell a gajillion copies. Also, nobody forsaw the
compact disc and mp3 and digital download etc, so there was no way to
anticipate the future and the money bands could make from such things. The
popular artists of the 70's were very comfortable, but relatively speaking,
they made peanuts compared to what the music artists today pull in.
And not to bash this guy, who contributed some fine artwork for this album,
but once he turned in his pieces, his involvement with Jethro Tull was over.
People didn't buy the album because of the album cover; they bought it
because of the music, the stories it told. He should be proud that he will
be remembered for creating one of the great album covers in rock history.
I remember about 20 years back hearing a radio interview with some guy who
was trying to sue the Grateful Dead claiming he created their logo.
money, which seems generous to me) is all he's entitled to. I wonder