CRATE WORKS: rare or notable sleeve art from StudioPensom’s vinyl collection. The Music Of Erik Satie: The Velvet Gentleman – The Camarata Contemporary Chamber Group. Deram Records. 1970. Design by Stephen Bennet Visual Communications. Illustration by Jon Sagen. Salvadore Camarata was a jazz trumpeter for the Benny Goodman Band who was approached by Walt Disney in 1956 to set up Disneyland Records, where he spent nearly two decades introducing children to classical music. This 1970 album on the Deram label is a fascinating psychedelic experiment: Satie’s piano compositions – scored for the Moog Synthesiser! Rest easy; your space age cocktail party soundtrack is here. Alas, sleeve designer Stephen Bennet and illustrator Jon Sagen have been lost to the mists of time, or the long arm of Google at any rate. To see studiopensom’s own sleeve design, visit www.studiopensom.com/records/ #vinylcollection #recordsleevedesign #recordsleeveart #graphicdesign #crateworks #vinylcollectionpost
NOW SHOWING: One Got Fat (1963). Here’s a strange public safety film, 1960s style, from the US, which was doubtless the seed of a thousand childhood nightmares. It follows the adventures of Rooty Toot Jasperson and his friends – all concealed by distinctly eerie ape masks – as one by one they meet a sticky end through their collective failure to observe the rules of the road. It forms part of a now sadly unfashionable stratagem whereby authorities instructed the young by scaring the bejesus out of them. See also the wonderful early 70s British examples, including my personal favourite, 1973’s ‘The Spirit Of Dark & Lonely Water’. ‘One Got Fat’ has long been remembered with shudders and affection in America, but is perhaps less well known elsewhere. It’s influence has been strong however, and I’m sure director Douglas Wilson must have been paying affectionate homage to to it in his stunning 2007 video for British singer Bat For Lashes, ‘What’s A Girl To Do’ . Watch it on our website now, under ‘Now Playing’.
Now Playing: Happy Mondays! This week at SP we’re feeling bluesy, rocksy, and generally low down and dirty, so join us for a trip to the deep south to hear some groovy jams from a bunch of good ole boys, courtesy of the record collection of DJ Huas over on Mixcloud. Hear it at https://www.studiopensom.com/now-playing To see StudioPensom’s music projects visit https://www.studiopensom.com/records-1/
Front Of Rack. Rare and notable magazine covers from the archive of StudioPensom. Title: Carlos. Year: 2003. Country: UK. Art Director: Warren Jackson. To see our own editorial projects, visit studiopensom.com/magazines #graphicdesign #editorialdesign #magazinecover #magazinedesign #frontofrack
CRATE WORKS: rare or notable sleeve art from StudioPensom’s vinyl collection. Attica Blues – Archie Shepp. Impulse Records. 1972. Design – uncredited, presumably Robert Flynn/Fran Attaway. The Attica prison riot of 1971 – which saw New York’s incarcerated demanding better living conditions and political rights – was an incendiary event in a very polarised society, and it reverberated through the pop culture of the time. Cinephiles may recall Al Pacino’s cry of ‘Attica’ in Sidney Lumet’s 1975 ‘Dog Day Afternoon’, but jazz fans will immediately think of Archie Shepp’s powerful Attica Blues LP on Impulse Records. Shepp was an avant garde saxophonist, but Attica Blues was one of his most successful and widely received projects, blending elements of jazz, funk, soul and poetry into what Rolling Stone magazine called “not just a masterpiece of protest, more a politico-religious experience.” The striking sleeve, with its slanted stencil title is uncredited, but was probably put together by the Impulse team of Robert Flynn and Fran Attaway, who were responsible for so many great albums of the late 60s and early 70s. Altogether now, “Attica! Attica!” To see studiopensom’s own sleeve design, visit www.studiopensom.com/records/ #vinylcollection #recordsleevedesign #recordsleeveart #graphicdesign #crateworks #vinylcollectionpost