You cannot talk about album art without mentioning Jim Fitzpatrick. Best known for that Che Guevara image, Fitzpatrick is the brainchild behind many of Thin Lizzy’s album covers as well as designing cover art for Sinead O’Connor and The Darkness. Here Fitzpatrick shares his thoughts on the future of album artwork…
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Yesterday’s Sunday Times Culture Magazine included a feature piece by me on the decline of physical music sales and the subsequent decline of album artwork. So in that vein, I spoke to Jack Smyth, art director at Dublin’s premier record shop Tower Records. Since he is surrounded by CD and vinyl on a daily basis, he is the best person to compile the Top 5 Irish album covers…Enjoy!
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So pop albums outsold rock albums in the UK this year for the first time in seven years. On paper it sounds worrying and the statistics do support the notion that rock is on the way out. But is this a temporary malaise or a terminal disease?
The American songsmith opens up about his rise to to the top and that friendship with Zach Braff
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- Photos of a young Lynott
It’s impossible for me to guess exactly how Phil Lynott would feel about the Exhibition honouring his life. He had come and gone out of this world, by the time I came into it. But as I looked around at the memorabilia, it was as if he had come back to life. Continue reading