Do you know the one of the first album covers that was truly designed by the band, and not their manager? It was the Beatles very influential Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. This was one of the trivia nuggets I gleaned from a fun exhibit of LP Art–60 years in Album Art at our local museum, The Lake County Discovery Museum.
The exhibit showcased the evolution of album art, and its impact on musicians and popular culture. My husband and I were brought back, looking at some of the most popular album covers of our growing up. How many did we own?
There were many genres of music represented–rock, punk, pop, funk, jazz, fusion, with rock being the largest grouping. There were also some interactive factoids you could read, a headset with music samples, and a fun A-Z game where you could try to choose which letter went with which music group (I did very poorly on this).
Coincidentally, I am reading the autobiography Clapton, by Eric Clapton. I have always appreciated his guitar genius, and I wanted to learn more about his life. While touring this exhibit, I was reading about the hippie, drug-using years of the late 1960’s, where he met, befriended and was inspired by artists such as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix Clapton mentioned many of the albums that lined the museum walls, which included his former group Cream.
An extra bonus at the Museum was an art exhibit by Jim Flora, an amazing graphic deisgner from the 1940’s and 50’s who designed classical and jazz album covers, wrote and illustrated children’s books, designed advertising pieces, and funky, creative pieces of art. Any of them would fit in beautifully in my home!
Entertaining, reminiscent, and educating (and not too overwhelming). What more can you ask from a museum experience? C