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For Those About to Rock, Part 4

Since the shift in pop music from classical, to jazz to rock and roll, science fiction and fantasy imagery has been a mainstay in album cover art. From some of the smallest and biggest names in illustration, art and music history. In no particular order over the course of this week, I’ll be collecting some of the most notable science fiction and fantasy images ever created. Check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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For Those About to Rock, Part 3

Since the shift in pop music from classical, to jazz to rock and roll, science fiction and fantasy imagery has been a mainstay in album cover art. From some of the smallest and biggest names in illustration, art and music history. In no particular order over the course of this week, I’ll be collecting some of the most notable science fiction and fantasy images ever created. Check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 4.

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For Those About to Rock, Part 2

Since the shift in pop music from classical, to jazz to rock and roll, science fiction and fantasy imagery has been a mainstay in album cover art. From some of the smallest and biggest names in illustration, art and music history. In no particular order over the course of this week, I’ll be collecting some of the most notable science fiction and fantasy images ever created. Check out Part 1, Part 3, and Part 4.

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For Those About to Rock, Part 1

In 1938, while working for Columbia Records, Alex Steinweiss came up with the first album cover. Prior to his invention of the 12 inch sleeve records were sold in brown paper, or bound in book like “albums” dressed in leather and gold leaf. What Steinweiss was trying to do was create mini posters to advertise the music, but what he inadvertently came up with was one of the greatest formats for visual storytelling to grace the shelves. Check out Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

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