Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Album Art # 5

Abbey Road - released in 1969 was a landmark album both in terms of production and album art for The Beatles. The cover was designed by the creative director of Apple Records, Mr. Kosh. The photograph was shot by Iain Macmillan.

"Macmillan was given only ten minutes around 11:30 that morning to take the photo on a zebra crossing in Abbey Road. That cover photograph has since become one of the most famous and most imitated album covers in recording history. McCartney is bare-footed and out of step with the other three. The man standing on the pavement in the background is Paul Cole, an American tourist unaware he had been photographed until he saw the album cover months later. The zebra crossing today remains a popular destination for Beatles fans.

The Volkswagen Beetle parked next to the zebra crossing belonged to one of the people living in the apartment across from the recording studio. After the album came out, the number plate was stolen repeatedly from the car. In 1986, the car was sold at an auction for $23,000 and is currently on display at the Volkswagen museum in Wolfsburg, Germany." - Wikipedia.

Posted by Murali.

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