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Friday, January 11, 2013

Interview with Gary Burden of R.Twerk & Co.

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In an exclusive interview on Human with Gary Burden of R.Twerk & Co., the artist, art director, and designer talks about his journey along the Human Highway.

There are many interesting items in the interview so definitely read in full. Here's an interesting snippet:
Q: Besides the archives, a favorite Neil album design of yours?

Gary Burden: My favorite album cover that I have made, ever, is Neil Young’s “On the Beach.” This cover is loaded with information! From the styles of clothing and objects to the Coors can to the headline of the newspaper of the day of the photo shoot.

My final “gift” to the viewer/consumer was printing the tacky floral designs inside the sleeve.

That one blew the mind of the record company. Not in a good way!
Complete interview on Human with Gary Burden.

Thanks Shar!

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At 1/12/2013 10:40:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice interview but way too short... Looking forward to a very, very long interview with Gary Burden sometime soon. Have to agree with him about the On The Beach cover with special thanks to the Rick Griffin lettering. But the Neil on the beach picture is really great. Wonder what Gary thinks about his Psychedelic Pill cover. The fans did see two versions and voted for the one finally used on TW...

At 1/12/2013 10:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My top 10 Gary Burden design:
1. Neil Young - On The Beach
2. Neil Young - Time Fades Away
3. David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name
4. The Eagles - One Of THese NIghts
5. Neil Young - Mirror Ball
6. Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk
7. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu
8. Neil Young - Dreamin' Man
9. The International Harvesters - A Treasure
10. Crosby, Stills, Nash - Crosby, Stills, Nash

At 1/12/2013 06:12:00 PM, Anonymous Sandy Horne said...

Very interesting, facinating actually... I had no idea he had been involved in so many "historical" projects that will continue to be a part of rock and roll history!

Thanks for your endless energy and enthusiasm, and for letting us ride along with you Thrasher. Coming to your "outta" site is a part of my daily routine!

Sandy Horne

At 1/13/2013 04:56:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gary Burden is one of the reasons that made my NY collection a bit bigger. His designs always go perfectly with the music. He loves paper the way Neil loves feedback. Therefore I own all NY records twice (if available). The US version and the European version. The US version always has his choice of paper. In Europe they change it or they search for something that comes close. Dead Man is a good example. The US version is like it was meant to be, the European version was printed on cheap glossy paper.

The latest NY and Ch record PP was f*#•cked up in Europe. Spine is to small and position of the graphics on front and back cover sucked.

The list was based on Vinyl except for Monsters of Folk which I only have on CD. He did the Harvest trick with paper for this one. I think noweadays he only designs record (vinyl) covers for Neil and then makes them smaller for CD. From the CD times the cardboard Silver And Gold and Broken Arrow are actually very beautiful.

@Sandy, this list is a personal choice but the most interesting and facinating thing is that there's not one Crazy Horse album in my top ten... what to think about that... Have to say that I really like the EKTIN and Fillmore covers, but still why is there no Crazy Horse record involved. Well, as I said his designs always goes along with the music. Oops.


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