Posted by Sid Smith on Apr 20, 2021

Bill Smith’s name will be known to many King Crimson fans as the man behind the art direction of several KC and KC-related covers including Frame By Frame and The Great Deceiver anthologies, THRAK, and several others.

Bill has produced a book gathering his cover artwork together in one sumptuous volume. Published May 27th, Cover Stories 5 Decades Of Album Art includes pages on the above titles and much more...


Here’s what the blurb says. . .

This 12-inch square book features original album art produced by Bill Smith Studio and the stories behind them. It's available as a beautiful hardback edition or exclusively from the publishers and author as a fantastic signed and numbered limited collectors edition of 200 copies each in a slipcase.

Across five decades Bill Smith Studio worked with more than 200 bands and artists, creating hundreds of album covers, singles bags, and CD covers. You may not know it, but if you bought records over the past forty years, you’ve probably bought a number of theirs. Bill Smith Studio worked with some of the world’s best photographers, illustrators and painters on covers for, among others, The Jam, The Cure, Kate Bush, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, King Crimson, Eric Clapton, Toyah, Johnny Thunders, Genesis, Queen and Mike Oldfield.

In Cover Stories you’ll find the stories of 70 plus albums including contributions from the bands, the artists, photographers and painters involved. Cover Stories offers a unique insight into the creation of these iconic sleeves. The book includes 40 album covers at original 12-inch size.


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