The Stories Behind 10 Iconic Album Covers

By Marina Galperina

Serial killers, lewd jokes, and more bizarre stories from the world of album art

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What makes great album cover art—or rather, who? These memorable record covers were born from close collaboration, or plucked by the musician's discerning eye from a visual artist's body of work, or created through some combination of the two.

We've rounded up ten covers—some of the most iconic and a few somewhat obscure—made by famous artists and photographers, along with some quick liner notes about how they came to be. What do flowers have to do with Power, Corruption & Lies? Peel slowly to see.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/04/the-stories-behind-10-iconic-album-covers/256463/