Thursday, September 15, 2011

'White Album' Sleeve Designer Dies at 89

Richard Hamilton, the "Father of Pop Art" who designed the Beatles' iconic White Album cover, died Tuesday in England at age 89.

For his own design for the blank White Album cover and the poster collage on the inside of the record, Hamilton claimed to have been paid the equivalent of $316.  Hamilton's art collages inspired Sir Peter Blake, who created the cover of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

He was closely associated with the Swinging London of the 1960s and as an art teacher, one of his students was Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music. Hamilton is also often credited as one of the original pop artists, as well as the coiner of the phrase.

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