The sleeve art of Andy Royston part three
Ages ago, I wrote about how Andy was well-known for creating iconic record sleeves back in London in the 1980s. See the link at the end of this article. Then, I wrote about the fact that he’d been asked to create another one all these years later. Ditto link-wise.
There are, of course, those who don’t even know what a record, let alone a record sleeve, actually is. Bear with me for a moment and all will be revealed. There was a time, in the Dark Ages, when music collections were on vinyl. These vinyl discs were called ‘records’ as they were recordings of music. These had paper covers -called sleeves. You can sometimes see vinyl records and sleeves in the incredibly-dated-strange-old-what-on-earth-is-this-thing section on eBay.
In a primitive fashion, these were placed on a turntable, a sort of needle thingy went into the groove on the disc and lo and behold, we heard She Loves You or Honky Tonk Woman. I know, I know, dinosaurs roamed the earth. It astonishes me that I’m at an age when I need to explain these things. My granddaughter doesn’t understand why we say we’re going to ‘tape’ a TV programme. What does tape have to do with it? She’ll probably never know what a land line is either. Or a fax. However …
Well, the other day, we went to the mailbox to find that the record HAS been produced and we were kindly sent a copy. Here we go – Royston sleeve art 2012.