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Tomorrow Never Knows, The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, Delacorte Press, 1969
Two recent book purchases that may be of interest to visitors of this blog and just in time for Father's Day or that summer vacation. The first is The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes: The Art of Alan Aldridge


I first came across Aldridge's work back when my Mother bought me a copy of his The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics. The books, volumes one and two, are filled with a who's who of sixties-era illustrators interpreting the lyrics of Beatles songs. Pretty eye-popping stuff for me back in the sixth grade and still is today.
Sexy Sadie, The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, Delacorte Press, 1969
nbsp"Kaleidoscope Eyes" is filled with plenty of examples of Aldridge's work over the years and stories of his adventures with Lord Snowden, Princess Margaret, The Beatles (he was the house artist at Apple Corp.), The Rolling Stones, The Who, Cream, Elton John and Colonel Tom Parker as well as many others.nbspOne of the more amusing tales concerns Aldridge being challenged by Salvador Dali to a drawing run-off in an airport bar.nbspHe was art director for Penguin Books in the sixties, he's created successfull children's books and has even designed art for a pinball machine. It's a great read for illustrators. As he highlights the ups and downs of his 40 year career you'll find that, although his specifics may be different, many of the stories will have a familiar ring for many of you.
There's A Place, The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, Delacorte Press, 1969


spread from The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, Delacorte Press, 1969


Across The Universe, The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics Volume Two, Delacorte Press, 1971


Aldridge's poster for Andy Warhol's "Chelsea Girls," 1968


The second book is Gig Posters: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century which is just what it says it is. A large format volume filled with terrific examples of contemporary band posters as well as short bios and interviews with all of the artists. Of particular interest to me are the lists of their influences.

Visit their website gigposters.com and prepare to be overwhelmed.
TV on the Radio, Designer: Brad Klausen


Modest Mouse, The Decoder Ring Design Concern


Scissors Sisters, Dan Stiles


Pretty Girls Make Graves, Methane Studios


Ween, Gregg Gordon


The Donnas, Amy Jo


Kanye West, Invisible Creature


Andrew Bird, The Small Stakes


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