Art of the Album
In the Court of the Crimson King by Barry Godber
In an era where album cover art was at its peak and there were many talented and innovative artists working on covers for various well-known bands, Godber’s cover art seared through the eye candy, a more modern and alienated take on Munch’s ‘The Scream’ that seemed to pop right off the canvas (or album cover). It helped the band and the artist get noticed, but sadly Godber was not to enjoy his newfound fame for long–he died of a heart attack in 1970.
“We all stood around it, and it was like something out of Treasure Island where you’re all standing round a box of jewels and treasure…this fucking face screamed up at us from the floor, and what it said to us was ‘Schizoid Man’- the very track we’d all been working on. It was as if there was something magic going on.” .
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