Painters: Guy Peellaert’s Rock Dreams

Guy Peellaert – (6 April 1934 – 17 November 2008)  Guy was a Belgian artist, painter, illustrator, comic artist and photographer, most famous for the book Rock Dreams and for his album covers for David Bowie* and The Rolling Stones. He also designed movie posters, most notably Paris Texas, Taxi Driver, Wings of Desire and Short Cuts. The band Frankie Goes to Hollywood named themselves after the title of Peellaert’s portrait of Frank Sinatra.

*The album cover of David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs (1974) met with controversy. The cover art features Bowie as a striking half-man, half-dog grotesque. It was controversial as the full painting clearly showed the hybrid’s genitalia. Very few copies of this original cover made their way into circulation at the time of the album’s release. According to the record-collector publication Goldmine price guides, these albums have been among the most expensive record collectibles of all time, as high as thousands of US dollars for a single copy. The genitalia was quickly airbrushed out for the 1974 LP’s gatefold sleeve, although the original artwork (and another rejected cover featuring Bowie in a cordobes hat holding onto a ravenous dog) was included in subsequent Rykodisc/EMI re-issues.

Elvis, John, Bob, Mick & David

Elvis, John, Bob, Mick & David

The Stones

The Stones

Superstar Bob

Superstar Bob

Cass Elliot & Michelle Phillips

Cass Elliot & Michelle Phillips

David Bowie's Diamond Dogs (un-neutered)

David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs (un-neutered)

Jim Morrison & Roy Orbison

Jim Morrison & Roy Orbison

Elvis

Elvis

The Beatles

The Beatles

Mick Jagger - Gentleman

Mick Jagger – Gentleman

Phil Spector

Phil Spector

Frankie & Annette

Frankie & Annette

Ray Charles

Ray Charles

Stones - Only Rock-n-Roll Cover

Stones – Only Rock-n-Roll Cover

The Supremes

The Supremes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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