Blind Faith is a 1969 self-titled album by the English supergroup Blind Faith. The band consisted of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Ric Grech. Supergroups such as Cream and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young had already achieved remarkable success in the late ’60s rock era by bringing together musicians from popular bands. A very controversial album cover is one thing that separates Blind Faith from most of the other commercially successful supergroup projects.
The album achieved instant notoriety because the UK version of the cover featured a photograph of a topless girl holding a phallic airplane sculpture. In anticipation of being banned as obscene, an alternate cover was used for the U.S. release (above right). In the UK and Europe, the album was distributed in a paper wrapper.
There are several conflicting stories and myths related to the album cover. Rumors persist that the model was an underage groupie and that the plane sculpture is a hood ornament from the car of one of the band members.
The truth is that the cover was created by professional photographer Bob Seidemann. Seidemann was a personal friend and of Eric Clapton and is known for his work with legendary rock artists like Janis Joplin. The girl who posed for the photograph was a paid model who did the work with parental consent. The photograph is in every way a legitimate work of art. Recent releases have used the banned cover and the past controversy has been forgotten.