Monday, February 28, 2011

William Eggleston (King of Album Covers) at the Frist

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Tanglewood Numbers (pundits in the liquor light...)
  • Tanglewood Numbers (pundits in the liquor light...)
Despite the recent death of liner notes, cover art still is still pretty common and provides a musical release with panache. Of course, sometimes this backfires. No one wants their cover to end up resembling (as Gold described Soundgarden's latest album art) "Mammaw’s moon wolf shirt."

One possible formula for veneering your album's cover is choosing a William Eggleston photo. As observed by Jack Silverman, your band would not be the first.

The Father of Color Photography and a paragon of Southerness (just like Mammaw), Eggleston has an exhibit at the Frist entitled Anointing the Overlooked which ends May 1. Check out album-art affinities by groups such as Big Star, Spoon, Derek Trucks Band, and Jimmy Eat World among others after the jump.

I turn my camera on...
  • "I turn my camera on..."


Primal Scream, <em>Give Out But Dont Give Up</em>
  • Primal Scream, Give Out But Don't Give Up


Big Star takes its name from a now defunct Memphis grocery chain.  In Memphis during the late 50's, frontman Alex Chilton's mother ran and art gallery an granted Eggleston his first exhibit.
  • Big Star takes its name from a now defunct Memphis grocery chain. In Memphis during the late 50's, frontman Alex Chilton's mother ran an art gallery and granted Eggleston his first exhibit.


If you like Blues Hammer youll love DTBs <em>Soul Serenade</em>...
  • If you like Blues Hammer you'll love DTB's Soul Serenade...


<em>Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band (EP)</em>
  • Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band (EP)


Not an Eggleston photo.  This shirt is at Goodwill <em>right now</em>.
  • Not an Eggleston photo. This shirt is at Goodwill right now.

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