New 9/11 conspiracy theory involves Supertramp’s Breakfast in America

According to an article on Salon.com, the Grammy Award-winning album cover for Supertramp’s 1979 album Breakfast in America has spawned a new 9/11 conspiracy theory.

“Breakfast in America” is a 1979 record by the British rock group Supertramp. Its cover artwork features a smiling waitress who is seemingly riding the wing of a plane and holding a menu in one hand and a glass of orange juice, raised aloft, in the other. Behind her stands the New York City skyline, including the Twin Towers. It’s weird.

According to the latest theory from the 9/11 truther community, however, Supertramp’s album cover was never just a jokey little piece of absurdist art; instead, it was a prophecy of doom.

Read more: How Supertramp got involved with one of the weirdest 9/11 truther conspiracies ever

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Remembering Lou Reed

Legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist Lou Reed has passed away. Reed will be remembered for his groundbreaking work with the Velvet Underground in the 1960s and his solo work which spanned four decades. He died on Sunday at his home in Amagansett, New York. He was 71.

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ABKCO and Fender Release Limited Edition Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet Guitar Package

According to a press release, ABKCO Music & Records and Fender® have released a limited edition Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet Guitar package.

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Beggars can be choosers this holiday season, thanks to the Limited Edition Fender Beggars Banquet Telecaster®guitar package sold exclusively through Amazon.com. The Beggars Banquet Telecaster is the result of a strategic marketing venture between ABKCO Music & Records and Fender in celebration of ABKCO’s recent release of the “Clearly Classic” edition of the landmark album on clear vinyl.

Only 300 of the guitar packages will be produced, featuring artwork from the Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet cover on the front and the gatefold feast on the back of the guitar’s body, as well as a numbered neck plate, Beggars Banquet clear vinyl LP and Fender-branded guitar wall hanger. For the first time ever, as a result of a new state-of-the-art printing process, the artwork is printed directly onto the guitar’s body and pickguard, ensuring vibrant high-resolution imagery and maximum durability. The box the guitar package is shipped in is adorned with iconic Rolling Stones LP cover art, creating the perfect gift for rock ‘n’ roll enthusiasts the world over.

The Beggars Banquet Telecaster guitar incorporates the original album art from 1968, when the Stones’ legendary album was first released in the UK. The cover depicts a graffiti-defaced public toilet, which at the time was deemed too controversial for domestic consumption in the U.S., prompting the record company to package it with an all-white alternate cover. ABKCO restored the cover art to the original in successive re-issues of the title culminating with the current “Clearly Classic” LP version.

 

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Remembering Eydie Gormé

According to People.com, recording artist Eydie Gormé has passed away at the age of 84.

Concert and recording superstar Eydie Gormé, who – performing everything from ballads to bossa nova with singing partner and husband Steve Lawrence – made an indelible impression on American audiences during the swingin’ ’60s, died Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas, her spokesman, Howard Bragman, tells PEOPLE. She was 84.

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Album cover legend Storm Thorgerson dies at age 69

According to news reports today, legendary album cover artist Storm Thorgerson has passed away. Thorgerson was responsible for designing some of the most ironic album covers of the Rock Era. His most celebrated work is without a doubt the cover for Pink Floyd’s classic album Dark Side of the Moon.

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Storm Thorgerson, whose surreal artwork helped define the album-rock era, has died at the age of 69. The British artist had been battling cancer and had suffered a stroke in 2003, his family said in a statement Thursday.

Although his work spanned decades and genres — from Led Zeppelin’s eerie Presence featuring a family surrounding a talismanic black object, to a hooded driver in Mars Volta’s 2005 Frances the Mute — Thorgerson is perhaps best known for the minimalistic genius of his cover for Pink Floyd’s monster-selling 1973 album, Dark Side of the Moon. The simple image of a prism refracting light on a black backdrop was a visual manifestation of the band’s haunting sonic message about friendship, commerce and lunacy.

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55th Annual GRAMMY winners for package design


BEST RECORDING PACKAGE

Biophilia – Björk

Art directors: Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak
Label: One Little Indian / Nonesuch



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BEST BOXED OR SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE

Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection – Woody Guthrie

Art director: Fritz Klaetke
Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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The CD turns 30 today

According to an NPR blog post, today marks the 30th anniversary of the compact disc.

It’s been three decades since the first CD went on sale in Japan. The shiny discs came to dominate music industry sales, but their popularity has faded in the digital age they helped unleash. The CD is just the latest musical format to rise and fall in roughly the same 30-year cycle.

Compact discs had been pressed before 1982, but the first CD to officially go on sale was Billy Joel’s 52nd Street.

Source: NPR Music

I recall that many album art fans proclaimed that the small format spelled the end of album covers. Of course, there have been many significant album covers produced over the last three decades.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd concerned about racism associated with Confederate flag

According to articles published by several online sources, Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington, has sparked angered some of the band’s fans over comments he made about the Confederate flag.

In a CNN interview earlier this month, Rossington said that the flag had been hijacked by racists and, in the process, become detached from it’s original meaning as a symbol of rebelliousness and states’ rights. As a result, he said, he was concerned about the band being associated with the flag lest people get the wrong idea.
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The band has often displayed the flag at their performances and it appears on several of their album covers. What is not really mentioned in the recent articles is that there are many violent white supremacist bands that display the Confederate flag. There are actually FBI and other government agents who track those bands as possible domestic terrorists. I really don’t blame Lynyrd Skynyrd for wanting to distance themselves from that.

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Remembering Donna Summer

According to TMZ, Donna Summer died this morning after a battle with cancer. She was 63 years old. Known as “The Queen of Disco” Summer released a series of hits in the 1970s, including MacArthur Park, Hot Stuff, Bad Girls, and her duet with Barbra Streisand, No More Tears (Enough is Enough). She Works Hard for the Money was her 11th studio album and the title track was her biggest hit of the 1980s.

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Fifth Annual Record Store Day is April 21, 2012

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The list of special releases for the fifth annual Record Store Day has been growing, with new exclusive and limited LPs and singles being added even as the event approaches. Below is a look at some of the items that grabbed my attention.

For the location of a participating store near you, please visit the official Record Store Day website.

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