An Artistic History of Music: Rolling Stone and the Art of the Record Review

Wyclef Jean by Edel Rodriguez, August 3, 2000.

Beck by Philip Burke, July 24, 2008.

Pink Floyd, by Roberto Parada.

The Beastie Boys by John Hendrix, July 8, 2004.

Jay-Z, by Owen Smith

Tom Petty, by Jody Hewgill.

Bob Dylan by Hanoch Piven, May 4, 1995.

The Village People by Lou Brooks.

An Artistic History of Music: Rolling Stone and the Art of the Record Review

Rolling Stone and the Art of the Record Review is an exhibition of over 80 original illustrations commissioned for the Record Review column of Rolling Stone Magazine, which will be on view in the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators from September 1-October 22, 2011. If landing on the cover of Rolling Stone is a perennial dream for rock musicians, a close second would be getting their likenesses on the front page of the review section, where for decades the lead review has been accompanied by a distinctive illustration of the artist.

The art featured in this exhibition spans four decades, representing music legends such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Tyler, Whitney Houston, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and many others. It has from the very beginning been Rolling Stones’ belief that art is the best way to present new and legendary albums and their reviews to the world. These are artists who continue to highlight the history of the music industry.

Photo-Gallery: Rolling Stone and the Art of the Record Review

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