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AGNETHA:

Abba’s willowy blonde, a solo album sleeve with friend and associate Gered Mankowitz.



ANASTACIA:

event book for tour.



AVALON GUITARS:

an identity and brochure.



BEATLES: The Anthology.

Under Neil Aspinall's watch, the book to accompany the Dvd compilation was seven years in production pretty well from the first draft visuals to the day of publication, and a million-plus copies sold. Also the album sleeve for the remastered and stripped-down

Let It Be Naked, The Capitol Albums

boxsets Volumes 1 and 2, and the

First US Visit

Dvd.



BEYONCE:

the event book for her 2008 tour.



BLINDS AND SHUTTERS:

the work of Sgt Pepper photographer

Michael Cooper

for Genesis Publications, see below.



BOB DYLAN:

the republished Robert Shelton biography

No Direction Home

for Palazzo Editions



BOB MARLEY: I Know a Place,

a Greatest Hits package.



BOND: James Bond, The Legacy,

a major anthology for Boxtree MacMillan, and that followed by The Art of Bond.



BOOK OF ROCK:

an A-Z of 500 rock photographs and profiles for close friend and associate Colin Webb, then of Pavilion Books.



CAT STEVENS: The Very Best of

plus the Definitive boxset but undertaken under the guidance of

Yusuf Islam

. See below.



CLIFF RICHARD:

(Sir Cliff, of course, and should probably file under S along with

Sir Elton

and

Sir Mick

) an album sleeve again with Gered Mankowitz on the shutter, and a further in later years with Brian Aris.



COWBOY: How Hollywood Invented the Wild West

, a book for Reader's Digest.



CRAFT of the LUTHIER:

curation and organisation of the first ever exhibition of British guitar makers in conjunction with

David Linley

(see below for Linley).



CREAM: Greatest Hits.



DAVID LINLEY:

a series of brochures for his bespoke furniture and accessories business, and the glamorous shops that deservedly emerged. In later years David and I collaborated on

The Craft of the Luthier

exhibition (mentioned above), curated and assembled by myself to bring the product of thirty or more of Britain’s most talented guitar makers under one roof for the first time.



DEAN:

James Dean,

The Definitive Dean

for Palazzo Editions.



DERREN BROWN:

series of event books to accompany his theatre tours. Altogether a spookily psychic experience.



DESTINY’S CHILD:

the event book (

Destiny’s Child Weekly

) for their final world tour.



ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA:

remember Electric Light Orchestra? The

Secret Messages

album cover.

Jeff Lynne

to emerge again a little further down the line under

Traveling Wilburys

.



ELTON JOHN:

where to begin, other than to thank him and John Reid for their years of support and enthusiasm - first efforts under Michael Ross’s guiding hand, cowgumming down elements of

Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player,

thereafter beginning to fly solo with

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

and on to

Blue Moves, Greatest Hits Volume Two, A Single Man, Victim of Love, Leather Jackets, Live in Australia, Reg Strikes Back, Sleeping with the Past, To Be Continued

(in separate US and UK versions),

The One, Rare Masters, The Very Best of Elton John, Made in England, The Captain and the Kid

(coming in a late favourite) and numerous singles and compilations alongside - these together with tour books over the last thirty years too numerous to mention and to accompany some of Elton’s greatest shows, from

Louder Than Concorde

all the way through to the Las Vegas

Red Piano

and

Million Dollar Piano

show books, including the

Face to Face

tours with Billy Joel, and indeed the current

Showman… Showtime… Showbook

touring book.



ENGLISH HERITAGE:

a surprise entry requiring us to assemble a packaging scheme for a range of foods and toiletries and I’ve never checked to see if they’re still there. The ginger biscuit package was nice, as were the contents.



ERIC CLAPTON:

various albums sleeves such as the blues tribute

From the Cradle, Pilgrim,

the definitive box set

Crossroads Two, 24 Nights

(and the limited edition Genesis book in collaboration with

Peter Blake

, also called

24 Nights

), the dvd

Nothing but the Blues

, and the album with

BB King, Riding with The King.



FENDER GUITARS:

event book for the fiftieth anniversary of the

Strat

and endless presentations for the proposed exhibition to follow.



FISHER LANE FARM:

one of my favourite identities, the digital cow. Fisher Lane Farm is the studio complex owned by

Genesis

, who follow below.



FORMULA 1, THE ANTHOLOGY:

lots of fast cars and one or two fast women but decidedly short on the fairy folk who follow...



FROUD: with Brian Froud

, heady and slightly mad days spent on

Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairies

and

Lady Cottington’s Fairy Album

, and days spent taking the Fairy world very, very seriously at that, along with the delightful

Strange Stains

, and odd books on Goblins and Runes and other matters otherworldly etc. The first Lady Cottington book went on to sell in excess of a million copies worldwide and rightfully so, Froud’s richly inventive and surprisingly titillating world deserving of such.



FIELD: The Field

– many years previous, redesigning Britain’s oldest weekly journal to transform it into a sexy monthly glossy with magazine luminary

Dennis Hackett.

A three-month project which might have taken half the time, had not the majority of regular staff disappeared on Thursdays to head off to shoot small furry animals of one species or another, or to get astride larger furry animals to do just the same but from a more sporting height.



GENESIS:

albums such as

Calling All Stations, Greatest Hits, Archives 1

and

Archives 2

boxsets and numerous tourbooks. Followed in more recent years by

Chapter and Verse

, the extensive autobiographical book for Weidenfeld.



GENESIS PUBLICATIONS:

for the greatly missed

Brian Roylance’s

Genesis Publications, at least a dozen or so major volumes in total including

Michael Cooper’s

seminal

Blinds and Shutters, Eric Clapton

and

Peter Blake’s 24 Nights, Stuart

(on the tragically short life of

Stuart Sutcliffe

),

Astrid Kirchherr

and

Max Scheler’s Liverpool Days, Astrid Kirchherr

and

Klaus Voorman’s Hamburg Days, Gered Mankowitz’s Mason’s Yard to Primrose Hill

and

Eye Contact, Bob Gruen’s Sometime in New York City

on

John Lennon, Ravi Shankar’s

autobiography

Raga Mala, Bill Wyman on Chagall

etc etc.



GEORGE HARRISON:

a very privileged relationship fondly remembered. The albums

Cloud Nine, The Very Best of Dark Horse

and both the remastered and repackaged

Concert for Bangladesh

and

All Things Must Pass

, together with both

Wilbury

albums included below, under

Traveling Wilburys

. With

Olivia Harrison

to work alongside BMW to produce the special Mini 50th Anniversary tribute edition based on George’s original 1965 psychedelic Mini, featured momentarily in Magical Mystery Tour.



GERALD SCARFE:

the almost complete works in the major autobiographical book

Drawing Blood.



GIRLS ALOUD:

from the sublime to the probably just as sublime

Girls Aloud

, a series of tourbooks.



HAMAKI:

two recent album sleeves and campaign for Egyptian mega pop star

Hamaki.



IL DIVO:

a trio, I think to date, of high-end event books for the soignee semi-operatic quartet over various concert tours.



INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL:

a short spell on the board of the renowned festival based in Bath, on a variety of remits, and thereafter a series of associated album sleeves and annual programmes.



JEAN-MICHEL JARRE:

uncompleted tourbook but thankfully with little tragedy other than loss of income.



JIMI HENDRIX:

working alongside the late but legendary

Alan Douglas

to repackage all three original albums –

Are You Experienced?, Axis: Bold As Love

and

Electric Ladyland

together with multi-million selling

The Ultimate Jimi Hendrix

compilation in a mission to bring the message to new generations. Repackaging of original sleeves received humiliating condemnation in the Music Week Design Awards, in itself not unbearable other than that I happened to be on the panel of judges at the very same time.

Ink Icon

, with long time friend and associate

Gered Mankowitz

, initiated to produce limited edition silkscreens from his iconic photography of Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. The beautiful (and very limited)

Portrait Edition Fender Stratocaster

was produced in association with both Fender Guitars and Experience Hendrix and involved painstaking positioning of silk-screened decals – like you’d stick on an Airfix Spitfire but ten times the size – around the complex contours of a high-end custom shop Strat. And the virtual autobiography

Starting At Zero

, published in 2014 after two decades of stalling in a protracted adjudication process.



JJ CALE: Anyway the Wind Blows

, a definitive box set.



KANYE WEST:

failed to get a great-looking tourbook through the approval process.



KILLERS:

another disastrously incompleted tour book which could have been something good, like so many, many other truncated projects cut off in their prime. What is it with these K-people?



LIONEL RICHIE:

For

Lionel Richie

, a

Greatest Hits

package.



MICHAEL JACKSON:

poised to prepare the event book for the ill-fated

This Is It

shows at O2 only to be shoe-horned, sadly and suddenly, into a tribute book for his Memorial Service in Los Angeles. A strange and stressful change of affairs and an opportunity tragically missed.



MARK KNOPFLER:

the renowned

Golden Heart

album sleeve and deluxe box set.



MARTIN GUITAR: Martin Guitar Masterpieces

, a major book for Palazzo and Bulfinch illustrating the limited-edition output of the custom shop of one of the world’s most loved guitar brands. Certainly most loved by myself and a labour of devotion.



MIKE AND THE MECHANICS:

sleeves for

Greatest Hits

compilation and for

Silent Running.



MOODY BLUES:

the retrospective box set

Time Traveller

, and album sleeves for

Hall of Fame

and the

Best of the Moody Blues

along with numerous event books to accompany their continued touring schedule over the years.



NEIL SEDAKA:

an album sleeve.



NELSON MANDELA:

In the privileged position of consultant Creative Director for

46664

, the campaign vehicle of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, an ongoing responsibility to assist in emerging strategies requiring identities and literature over the last few years, including the 90th birthday celebrations in Hyde Park, summer of 2008, and the ensuing campaign launching

Nelson Mandela Day

in New York in July 2009.



OASIS: Out of the Blue

, a limited edition book with renowned photographer Michael Spencer Jones.



OZZY OSBOURNE:

Am still convinced I did the Ozzy Osbourne logo, but if I didn’t I apologise unreservedly to him and to whomsoever actually did do it.



PAUL McCARTNEY:

a failed attempt at a Dvd compilation but thereafter redeemed by tour identity and merchandise for the US tour of 2005.



PAVILION BOOKS and PALAZZO EDITIONS:

under the gaze of renowned publisher

Colin Webb

, a vast array of books for both companies, many referred to herewith under their respective titles.



PETER GABRIEL:

sadly not as much as I’d have wished – I’d have paid good money to work with him – but at least got to do the

Little Red Book

for his

1984 Tour of China

. Nearly forty years ago, so early days yet and the door’s still open.



PHIL COLLINS:

various albums and many tourbooks, albums such

Dance Into the Light

(again with Gered Mankowitz, and one of personal favourites in the Wherefore Art? portfolio)

Hits, Serious Hits - Live, Finally - The First Farewell Tour

dvd set,

Love Songs

, and amongst the many tourbooks for himself that great-looking one with the drumkit made out of garbage on the front.



PHILIP MORRIS ARTS FOUNDATION:

a major interactive Dvd package to highlight all their philanthropic activities.



POLICE:

For Sting and The Police, their 2008 reunion tour book.



PRINCE: Purple Rain

tourbook, an early foray into digital manipulation and Scitex repro. Many hours spent in Stockholm awaiting approval.



PUNK:

John Mitchinson’s post-Beatles Anthology masterwork, a greatly applauded and definitive book with Messrs Colegrave and Sullivan for Weidenfeld & Nicolson.



QUARTO GROUP:

an identity to cover the group and many of their imprints, together with numerous book designs and a raft of Annual Reports over a period of about a decade.



QUEEN:

two early album sleeves best not remembered but selling in prodigious quantities.



QI:

yes, that QI, and undoubtedly the most fun you can have in a design studio with your clothes on. With editor

John Lloyd

, creative direction and design on Volumes E, F, G and H (so far) of the QI Annual for Faber & Faber and we hope for all letters henceforth, even some letters as yet unthought of.



RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS:

a tourbook.



RICHOUX:

an extensive rebranding campaign for the chain of coffee stores in an effort to reposition prior to the landing over here of over-sexed, overpriced Starbucks.



ROBERT PLANT AND ALISON KRAUSS:

hard-backed event book for their Raising Sand tour following the hugely successful album.



ROLLING STONES:

Our National Treasures. The authorised anthology

A Life on the Road

, celebrating 25 years on the road (passed 45 now) and published by Virgin; Charlie: ‘Twenty-five years in the Stones, five years work and twenty years hanging around...’ alongside lavish event books for their

Bridges to Babylon, Forty Licks

and

A Bigger Bang

tours, including the

Uptown Book

, a limited-edition, lenticular-covered hardback volume.



SEX: Shooting Sex, or The Definitive Guide to Undressing Beautiful Strangers

by the tragic, irreplaceable

Bob Carlos Clarke

. By way of footnote, discovery in early years that the meaning of life was probably sex with Susannah York, whatever sex was.



SHAKIRA:

Tour book book for the sinuous

Shakira.



SHANIA TWAIN:

And a pair of tourbooks for the equally sinuous but slightly more country

Shania.



SHERINE:

album sleeve for the major pop diva of the Middle East, also sinuous.



SIMON & GARFUNKEL:

the event book for their

Old Friends

reunion tour. Less sinuous.



STIRLING MOSS:

the definitive authorised illustrated biography for Cassell.



SPICE GIRLS:

For whom we prepared the elegant event book for their get-back-together-for-as-short-a-time-as-possible tour in 2008.



SUGABABES:

And oddly enough yet again with

Sugababes

, further tour books.



STEVIE WINWOOD:

The

Finer Things

box set.



TAKE THAT:

event book for the giant 2009

Circus

reunion tour.



TATLER:

During my newspaper and magazine period, under Dennis Hackett’s avuncular gaze, redesign of

Tatler

, that glossy of glossies, dragged into the 20th century with

Tina Brown

as its editor before its safe delivery into the hands of Conde Nast where it still resides.



THE WHO: Then and Now

compilation package, and a tourbook many, many years ago.



TODAY:

the first UK daily newspaper generated digitally. I prepared the first branding and layout drafts of

Eddie Shah’s

groundbreaking, union-aggravating newspaper.



TRAVELING WILBURYS:

both original album sleeves for the unique conjunction of the talents (and uncannily empathetic voices) of

George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty

and

Jeff Lynne

, second time around, Volume 3, sadly without the late (by then) Roy Orbison. Also the rare but eminently desirable

Wilbury guitar

designed for

Gretsch

- one last seen hanging up at Hank’s in Denmark Street, London, but several years ago now.



TREES:

an entire autobiographical side road, this, but thankfully chronicled in other publications. My contribution undertaken on the other side of the fence, as guitar player. Both albums (

The Garden of Jane Delawney

and

On the Shore

) remastered and repackaged by Sony (and ourselves) in 2008 - the latter having been given the seal of hipness in 1970 with sleeve by

Hipgnosis

, and again in 2007 by

Gnarls Barkley’s

sampling throughout the title track of their multi-million selling

St Elsewhere

album.



THIN LIZZY:

the

Vagabonds, Kings, Warriors, Angels

box set compilation.



Unusually nothing it seems beginning with

‘U’

. An opportunity for someone with a project beginning with ‘U’ to pick up the phone.



VIRGIN AIRLINES:

an extensive and very successful billboard campaign briefed in the silkscreen style we’d developed with Ink Icon for Jimi Hendrix and for which we had become recognised, and to support the launch of the airline into different cities around the globe.



VOGUE BOOK OF BLONDES:

an Anthology in Blonde for Pavilion Books.



WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN?:

a definitive history of Country Music developed in conjunction with Colin Webb of Palazzo,

The Country Music Hall of Fame,

a host of Nashville writers and editors and a foreword by none finer than

Willie Nelson.



WOODSTOCK:

the official book and account to celebrate the 40th anniversary, working again with Colin Webb of Palazzo Editions, with introduction by legendary filmmaker

Martin Scorsese

. One of my guitar cases has on it an original Woodstock ‘3 Days of peace and music’ sticker; a point of circular interest.



X-FACTOR:

Event books for touring X-Factor shows, probably best not admitted to.



YUSUF ISLAM: An Other Cup

album sleeve heralding his first return to recording since the

Cat Stevens

days (and see under Cat Stevens). And like father, like son, two albums for

YORIYOS

, the second with his band Noxshi.



ZUCCHERO:

album sleeve of great merit (I still believe) for, and soundly rejected by, Zucchero. Of inestimable worth when trying to be an A-Z completist.



From

Abba

, kind of, to

Zucchero

, kind of, therefore.