top
log-in
Stephen Kroninger
Tom Wilkes, Album Cover Designer, Dies
posted:
front cover
When I was a kid I was huge fan of the Rolling Stones. I remember seeing this original lp cover art for Beggar’s Banquet reproduced in a fan mag. It had been nixed by the label but to me it epitomized the Stones' defiant attitude and snotty reputation as well as Peter Blake’s cover for The Beatles Sgt. Pepper perfectly captured that band's giddy psychedelia. I loved it. Anyway, the Times reports today that its designer Tom Wilkes has died. I thought his death shouldn’t go unremarked on Drawger. And that’s the way it is.
back cover
 "On August 24, 1968, the story first broke nationally that both Decca and London flatly refused to to release BEGGAR'S BANQUET in a sleeve 'glorifying' Barry Feinstein's photograph of a graffitied toilet wall. Similarly, Jagger flatly refused to allow it to be released in anything but this cover He insists: "I don't find it at all offensive. Decca has put out a sleeve showing an atomic bomb exploding (ATOMIC TOM JONES). I find that more upsetting." ...Though Decca intimated that once the matter of the sleeve was settled it could be on sale within the week. Jagger refused to give ground.


 A week later, Jagger suggested that as a compromise, both album and sleeve could be shipped in a brown paper bag with "UNFIT FOR CHILDREN" stamped on the outside. Decca rejected the idea.

 The job of the record company," barked Jagger, " is to distribute. All they've got to do is put it in the shops, not dictate to people what they should and should not have." On November 9 Jagger admits that he lost interest in the situation. "It's a complete waste of time," he concedes.

 Seven days later, both Jagger and Decca confirm that a compromise has been worked out and in doing so, the final nail is banged into the coffin of the never too harmonious Stones/Decca relationship."---THE ROLLING STONES, an illustrated history by Roy Carr p.54



Recent Articles
Topics
Archive

Washington Square Park (22)

CITY SYMPHONY: Video and Production Art (51)

Children's Book Sketchbook (Psssst...It's Me the Bogeyman) (27)

Faces (14)

My Studio (49)

LINKS--ILLUSTRATION (76)

LINKS--COMICS AND CARTOONISTS (53)

LINKS--POSTERS (64)

LINKS--BOOK COVERS (13)

LINKS--TRADING CARDS (2)

LINKS--ANIMATION (16)

LINKS--RECORD ALBUM ART (22)

LINKS--Advertising (11)

LINKS--FINE ART (10)

LINKS--NEW YORK CITY (10)

LINKS--MISCELLANEOUS (20)
Links to Articles
Stephen Kroninger