Cover Art and Illustration of the "Beatles" Albums - International

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Gayatri Devi/ Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
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As part of the International Beatles Conference taking place at Penn State Altoona campus, on February 7, 8, 9, 2014, proposals are invited for a panel exploring the cover art and record sleeve illustrations of the the Beatles albums spanning the years 1963-1970.

The cover art of the Beatles albums not only captures the historical moment of their music, but also showcases conceptually and visually interesting collaborations with graphic artists, photographers and specific developments in pop art. Several well-known artists, illustrators and photographers, among them, Klaus Voorman, Robert Fraser, Robert Blake and Peter Blake, Robert Whitaker, John Kelly, George Dunning, and John Kosh et al contributed their designs to the Beatles album covers and record sleeves. Was Yoko Ono an influence? You decide.

We invite papers that explore the link between the music of the Beatles and their album cover art. Please send 300 word titled abstracts that include name, contact information and affiliation to Gayatri Devi at no later than 1 June 2013.

From the conference website: The conference, organized by Penn State University, will be held at Penn State's Altoona College on February 7-9, 2014, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' legendary appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. In addition to panels and presentations, the conference will include film screenings, musical performances, art and photography exhibits, and keynote addresses by leading Beatles critics and musicologists. The conference will conclude with a commemorative screening of The Ed Sullivan Show as it was originally broadcast on February 9, 1964.

Tentative speakers and performers include noted Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, music theorist Walter Everett, Beatles instrument expert Andy Babiuk, Beatles author Jude Southerland Kessler, and the Fab Faux, which Rolling Stone magazine described as "the greatest Beatles cover band–without the wigs."