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Trey Connor to Release Single “Heavy To Hold”

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Announcing the 2014 Inductees into the Album Cover Hall of Fame

Since officially launching the site in 2012, Album Cover Hall of Fame inducted two previous classes based on the results from the group’s yearly surveys (the initial class focused on nominees who began their careers as album cover artists between the years 1960 – 1975, while last year’s class included nominees who began their careers as album cover artists between the years 1976 – 1990). Nearly new 200 biographies were added for consideration by the esteemed panel of writers, curators of galleries (retail and online) that focus on album cover imagery, art/design museum curators and music marketing experts.

After a research, nominating and voting process that began in August and ended in mid-November with the final vote, the ACHOF Voting Panel has selected a list of individuals and companies that very clearly represent the best examples of a large number of talented men, women and teams who’ve created and published a huge portfolio of memorable album cover images. This year’s Class consists of people who BEGAN their careers in the field during the period that they’re focusing on this time – 1991 – Present. Congratulations to this year’s class have been sent – Album Cover Hall of Fame are proud to be able to announce inductions into their Hall of Fame.

Album Cover Hall of Fame Curator/Editor Mike Goldstein had this to say about this year’s efforts – “Through the ongoing efforts of those who support of this Hall of Fame, our goal continues to be to recognize the contributions of those who have had a significant impact in the ongoing development and advancement of rock and roll album cover-related design, illustration and photography. Based on each inductee’s body of work in the field, we feel that their talents have exemplified the best possible efforts made to package and promote their clients’ recorded music, and so we’re privileged to have been able to include them in this year’s poll and, ultimately, our lists of honorees.”

Album Cover Hall of Fame divided the Inductees into their respective categories so that their readers can get to know each winner individually and within their group of peers. Below, you’ll find a summary of the winners in each category. A more-detailed document that includes samples of each Inductees album cover credits, along with links to their respective web sites, can be found on the ACHOF site at:

https://albumcoverhalloffame.wordpress.com/achof-nominee-inductee-menu-page/achof-class-of-2014-inductee-info-page/

Please note that some names will be seen in more than one category, as it is that certain individuals serve in more than one role in a project. Inductees are listed alphabetically:

Album Cover Photographer Inductees

-Danny Clinch; Merri Cyr; David LaChapelle; Michael Lavine and Kirk Weddle

Album Cover Illustrators (inc. those specializing in logos and typography)

– Jonathan Barnbrook; Stanley Donwood; Shepard Fairey; Russell Mills and Steve Vance

Album Cover Designer Inductees

– Chris Bilheimer; Doug Erb; Bill McMullen; Russell Mills and Brian Roettinger

Album Cover Art Director Inductees

– Lawrence Azerrad; Peter Buchanan-Smith; Don & Ryan Clark (AKA “Invisible Creature”); Kevin Reagan and Al Quattrocchi & Jeff Smith (AKA “Tornado Design”)

Individual Achievement Award Winner

Included in this category are designers, illustrators, photographers and art directors who, while not working primarily in the music-packaging field, created a memorable album cover. In some cases, the nominee may have had his/her career cut short due to illness or death (a condition that seems to have plagued the burgeoning recorded music industry), while in other examples, an artist’s talents in one specialty were noted and they were then asked to apply those talents in some unique way to an album cover project. In more than one instance, the nominee was a friend/relative/business associate/guru of someone related to the featured musical act and, therefore, entrusted with this important responsibility. Regardless of the circumstances, each nominee has left an indelible mark on the art of the album cover.

– Sacha Jafri – for his album cover design for Silver Rails by Jack Bruce

Inducted Record Labels

In as much as “pop” music in the early days of the Pop/Rock era included musical acts that easily crossed-over from jazz, R&B, country, folk and Rock & Roll to deliver music in many styles to a public hungry for their records, record companies were not eager to be classified and chose to make sure that their cover designs would appeal to a fairly broad audience.

However, many musical artists sought to team with like-minded art directors to create packaging for music that would best-represent their own feelings about how they’d like the buying public to perceive them and their music. Once shown to be effective marketing tools, trend-setting album cover design was embraced by certain record labels, who then – as a prelude to the big-budget video productions of the 1980s and 90s – put significant resources behind these promotional packages. It is the labels that showed this type of forethought that we look to honor in this category.

– Kill Rock Stars; Maverick and Roc A Fella

Inducted Musical Acts with a long-standing commitment to great Album Cover imagery

Of course, without the patronage of musical acts and their record labels, there would be no great album cover art, but there were some acts that “got it” better than others and used their cover imagery to both help set the mood for the music packaged inside and build a deeper bond with their fans and potential fans. At times, a great album cover image could be a powerful enticement to shoppers browsing the racks at their favorite record store, whereas some fans of a band viewed them as “rewards” given to those who’d waited patiently for an act’s next release.

With the strong connection evident between the visual and aural arts, it only seems natural that musicians would find kindred spirits in the men and women tasked to produce the images for their recorded music.

– Arcade Fire;  Beastie Boys; Beck; Bjork and Wilco

Going forward, the Nominating Panel – currently consisting of over 70 experts in the fields of packaging design, illustration, photography and music product marketing – will continue the process each year (beginning again in Summer 2015 to nominate the fourth class of Inductees representing those whose works were published any time during the period of 1960 – present) by selecting nominees in each of the featured categories for consideration by both that voting body and, in several categories, by registered fans of the ACHOF, and those nominees that receive the most total votes in their respective categories will be inducted.

Qualified individuals become eligible for induction 10 years after the publication of their first record album, CD, DVD or digital album cover image.

Please contact Mike Goldstein, Curator, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com with any questions or comments. He can be reached via email at curator@albumcoverhalloffame.com or via phone at 971-645-8958.

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