I think Zarkowski has been doing all the design work since the "20 years" box set in 88? On thru TAAB 2. He is a pretty good photographer but his computer illustrations are not my cup. I think John Pasche was doing the eighties stuff, I know he did the Stormwatch album. That is, doing the Art direction and design, higher ing out the illustration and photography to others. I really liked the concept for the "Steel Monkey" 12 inch cover pretty funny and nice design. Darin
Thanks Dan. And Darin, you have to admit that Bogdan captured the look they were going for quite well, yes?
I was thumbing through a book of famous artists the other day and came across some paintings that immediately made me think of SLOB. Of course it turned out to be Rousseau.
Funny, I think Ian kind of indentified with Rousseau. It's why he wouldn't listen to other people's music, and why Tull sounded like no one else. This from Rolling Stone in 1970.
"All that Indian stuff ... everything was a fad, everyone was getting into, "Wow this is like ballet and this is Art."
Art. The one thing I really hated, having studied painting at art school and really came to grips with the essence of what craft is about ... and people were calling that music art. I really didn't want anything to do with it. I sincerely believe in the generalization that there is not very much of what I would call valid artistic creation, you know, anything to do with a higher plane of expression, in any present-day progressive or pop music. In most cases it hasn't even reached the point of being a true craft, which is a stage through which it must go before it can become art.
Look at people like Miro and Picasso, who have studied formal techniques for many years before developing a stylized approach through which they can revert to a primitive level. Then there is the naive approach like Rousseau adopted, which isn't based on formal training but still goes through the level of being a craft. He doesn't understand other people's things maybe, but he certainly understood his own. Now there isn't much of today's music which has that foundation.
Most of it is created by people who've only been playing for a few years, like myself. So when you read in some paper that you've been voted up among the Kirks, Herbie Manns and Charles Lloyds, you mustn't let yourselves believe it. I analyze and consider everything I do very seriously. Even if I construct something by accident I still want to know how I arrived at a particular phrase interval and I figure it out harmonically."