12 Inch Squares – Album Cover Art

From its simple beginnings as purely a bag for putting records in, album cover art has become more and more complex. From Pop Music to Rock, album cover art reached its peak in the late 1980s when the introduction of the CD signalled a scaling down in size and a different approach to graphics. This illustrated talk by writer, musician and academic, CP Lee, focuses on a variety of styles and genres in cover design history, taking on board works by artists such as Hipgnosis, Roger Dean, Rick Griffin and Malcolm Garratt amongst others. CP Lee lectures at Salford University and is author of two books on Bob Dylan and a soon to be published history of Manchester music. Tickets: £2.50, available from Box Office