7 Rock Album Covers Designed by Iconic Artists: Warhol, Rauschenberg, Dalí, Richter, Mapplethorpe & More

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The art of the album cover is ground we cover here often enough, from the jazz deco creations of album art inventor Alex Steinweiss to the bawdy burlesques of underground comix legend R. Crumb.

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An Animated Lou Reed Explains The Velvet Underground’s Artistic Goals, and Why The Beatles Were “Garbage”

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Blank on Blank returns this week with another one of their groovy animations. This time, we find Lou Reed recalling the goals and ambitions of his avant-garde rock band, The Velvet Underground. We wanted, he says, “to elevate the rock n’ roll song, to take it where it hadn’t been taken before.

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The Mastermind of Devo, Mark Mothersbaugh, Shows Off His Synthesizer Collection

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Mark Mothersbaugh’s studio is located in a cylindrical structure painted bright green – it looks more like a festive auto part than an office building. It’s a fitting place for the iconoclast musician.

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In Animated Cartoon, Alison Bechdel Sees Her Life Go From Pulitizer Prize Winning Comic to Broadway Musical

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No one is surprised when authors mine their personal experiences. If they’re lucky enough to strike gold, other miners may be brought on to bring the stories to the silver screen. Here’s where things get tricky (if lucrative).

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Hear the World’s Oldest Instrument, the “Neanderthal Flute,” Dating Back Over 43,000 Years

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Back in July of last year, we brought you a transcription and a couple of audio interpretations of the oldest known song in the world, discovered in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit and dating back to the 14th century B.C.E..

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B.B. King Explains in an Animated Video Whether You Need to Endure Hardship to Play the Blues

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George Harrison had a beloved guitar named Lucy. B.B. King has one named Lucille. Curious, that.
Above, in a new animated video by Blank on Blank, B.B. explains the story behind the naming of his legendary guitar, and then answers the big question: Do you really need to endure hard times to play the blues?  No spoilers here.

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Watch a Young Bob Marley and The Wailers Perform Live in England (1973): For His 70th Birthday Today

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If you’ve spent any time at all on a college campus, you’ve heard Bob Marley and the Wailer’s 1984 compilation album Legend wafting from dorm rooms and frat house windows.

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How David Bowie, Kurt Cobain & Thom Yorke Write Songs With William Burroughs’ Cut-Up Technique

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The strict realist mold that dominated fiction and poetry for over a hundred years broke open in the late nineteenth century with symbolist French poets like Arthur Rimbaud, Stéphane Mallarmé, and Charles Baudelaire.

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Hear Albums from Brian Eno’s 1970s Label, Obscure Records

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Given his celebrity status in the realms of both music and visual art, I don’t know that we can really call anything Brian Eno does obscure. But at one point, he did call his own efforts obscure — or at least those efforts required to establish and run the label Obscure Records, which he did between 1975 and 1978.

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The Clash Play Their Final Show (San Bernardino, 1983)

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Few bands in rock ‘n’ roll history have faced as many charges of selling out—back when the term meant something—as The Clash. Even before they’d released their first record, they were accused of killing punk rock by signing to major label CBS.

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