Posts Tagged ‘Bill Smith Studio: Cover Stories’

Releases: Sheep Farming In Barnet: Limited Edition Print

August 18th, 2021

Sheep Farming In Barnet will be available to buy as a Limited Edition HQ print later this year.

The print will be available in two sizes: 20x25cm and 50x70cm.

Toyah: Sheep Farming In Barnet
Album Cover Print (20x25cm / 50x70cm)
£99.00 / £199.00
Released: 11th November 2021

Toyah Sheep Farming in Barnet album cover designed by Bill Smith and photographed by Andrew Douglas. The location for the shoot was a secret military installation in Yorkshire. Design by Bill Smith from the book Cover Stories. Signed by the photographer. Numbered edition of 150 copies. Size 50 x 70 cm. Printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308gsm paper with a matte finish. Wrapped in acid-free tissue and sent in cardboard tubes. 50 x 70 cm.

Numbered edition of 300 copies. Size 20 x 25 cm. Printed on Hahnemuhle Gloss Baryta 305gsm paper with a silk finish. Wrapped in acid-free tissue and sent in hard-backed envelopes. 20 x 25 cm.

• Further details and pre-order at HMV.

The Big Issue: Cover Stories Of Great Albums

May 26th, 2021

The Rolling Stones, Kate Bush, The Cure: Great albums’ cover stories revealed

From hiding film in Toyah’s knickers to combining Mondrian and The Rolling Stones, designer Bill Smith tells the cover stories of great albums.

The Rolling Stones, The Jam, Kate Bush, The Cure, Led Zeppelin – they’re not only among the most important musical artists of our time, they’re also some of the most visually striking. Bill Smith has designed album covers for all of them.

Bill Smith and his studio have been designing album covers since 1976. Across five decades they’ve worked with more than 200 bands and artists. They were even there at the start of the Now That’s What I Call Music juggernaut, designing the very first cover of the world-beating compilation album series.

Now Bill’s work has been collected into a suitably glossy, album-sized, 12-inch book, which also features the stories behind some of his classic album covers. He gave us a glimpse into the creative process behind some of his most famous works…

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Books: Bill Smith Studio – Cover Stories

May 22nd, 2021

Toyah features in the new book, Bill Smith Studio: Cover Stories.

A beautiful 12-inch square hardback book featuring the influential album art produced by Bill Smith Studio and the stories behind them.

Across five decades Bill Smith Studio worked on countless covers for the likes of Kate Bush, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson, Toyah, Marillion, Genesis, No-Man, Thomas Dolby, Richard Barbieri, Mike Oldfield and others.

In Cover Stories you’ll find the stories of over 70 albums, featuring contributions from the bands, artists, photographers and painters involved, all offering a unique insight into the creation of several iconic sleeves.

Includes 40 album covers at original 12-inch size. Cover Stories offers a unique insight into the creation of several iconic sleeves and includes 40 album covers at original 12-inch size.

• Further info/Order the book at Burning Shed.