#47. George Gershwin, Rhapsody In Blue .
The Good Lovelies, In The Morning (Susan’s new song).
Aretha Franklin, Just Right Tonight.
Joni Mitchell, Troubleman.
Monday, 2016 December 12
Tuesday, 2016 December 13
‘Rick Griffin’s art for the Grateful Dead’s Aoxomoxa had the symmetrical organization of an altarpiece or mandala…. Such symmetry was a recurrent feature at this period [late 1960s] (eg Hendrix’ Axis Bold As Love, Hapdash And The Coloured Coat, Grateful Dead’s Anthem Of The Sun).’ The Album Cover Album, 13.
Wednesday, 2016 December 14
Thursday, 2016 December 15
‘By the mid-1970s it had become very difficult to distinguish between nostalgia, glamour, and soft porn…. The rosy-cheeked waitress on the cover of the soundtrack to American Graffiti couldn’t make it more clear she’s offering it to you on a plate.’ The Album Cover Album, 15. Forty years later the DVD displays something less sexist:
saw the good lovelies and karen and cady.
Friday, 2016 December 16
‘Soul music … now is a main showcase for blatant sexuality. Recently  the use of explicit sexual imagery, in many cases associated with violence, has become prevalent.’ The Album Cover Album, 15. Is anything different forty years later? Has the smaller format of a CD case really changed things?
Saturday, 2016 December 17
Trumpeter swans at the Wye Marsh (tx, sh).
Sunday, 2016 December 18
‘If Helen of Troy’s face launched a thousand ships, think how many records it could have sold. Marianne Faithfull [above, top] had “a face that could sell a thousand records.” … Before [she] was broken by the vagaries of the high pop lifestyle, her heartbreak face … moved thousands of units, quite a significant event. Marianne did have a sweet if tentative voice, but to be cold-blooded about it, she was a prime example of how the vast majority of woman artists are sold to the public…. It is worth pondering if even women in a completely different artistic schtick, such as Patti Smith, can capture the public’s attention without some fantasy-tinged aspect to their presentation. Patti’s debut cover [above, bottom] … is strikingly unglamorous…. But so depicted, she grasped the imagination and consciousness of a new young audience and strongly affected fashion.’ The Illustrated History Of Rock And Roll, 12.