Art by Elsewhere

For many years, even before this website arrived almost 20 years ago, Graham Reid had been involved in art and design (CD, record and Cassette sleeves, posters and illustrations).

Here are some recent collages and art, with links to the Elsewhere articles they were for.

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Elsewhere Art . . . The Beatles' Whiter Album

15 May 2022  |  <1 min read

As regular followers of Elsewhere's shamlessly stupid Absurd Elsewhere pages will know, sometimes for my own amusement I just make stuff up, like newly discovered albums, lost Beatle releases, academic articles full of pompus nonsense and so on. This image was one I prepared to accompany an article about an anniversary reissue of the Beatles' White Album but as a remix by George Martin's... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Frank Zappa

15 May 2022  |  <1 min read

I have done a few collages of Frank Zappa (one of Frank as the Mona Lisa) because his distinctive appearance lent itself to a kind of cut-up and refracted image . . . which I felt also reflected his very diverse music. As with the albums where you listen to one and think you've figured him out then another one is so different it changes your persective, I hoped this kind of image would have... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . the Beatles

25 Apr 2022  |  1 min read

Because there is a finite number of studio recordings by the Beatles, just for my amusement I sometimes make up my own and write about them under the Absurd Elsewhere page. Given the title of that page and the uttery improbable albums I invent (not all by the Beatles as you may see if you look: Taylor Swift, Lorde and Jimi Hendrix are not immune) it always surprises me how many people take... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Japanese ambient artists

25 Apr 2022  |  <1 min read

When the very beautiful collection Kankyo Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental and New Age Music 1980-1990 arrived in 2019 it was so seductive and engrossing that it was quite transporting. Not to the busy Japan of streets and markets or the oppressive highrises that are so familiar, but the quieter interior spaces in offices and homes and temples. This collage was an attempt to... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . the Modern Jazz Quartet

18 Apr 2022  |  <1 min read

This art was just absurd . . . as absurd in a way as the fact the buttoned-down, besuited and ineffably cool Modern Jazz Quartet would briefly appear on the Beatles' Apple label for two albums in the late Sixties. The American group seemed incongruous on a label launched the wake of Sgt Pepper and which was scooping up oddballs or releasing Lennon and Harrison's vanity projects. But... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Chet Baker

11 Apr 2022  |  1 min read

Chet Baker was -- like Dean Martin -- a man whose gifts came so easily he took them for granted and was casually dismissive of them. Dean would walk into a recording studio or onto a film set, do what was required with the minimum of effort and then head for the golf course or, later in life, to the same restaurant. The gift was just there to to be rolled out when required and then he could... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Dave Brubeck

4 Apr 2022  |  1 min read

When I first thought of doing a collage to accompany a piece on Dave Brubeck this idea was almost too obvious: in his younger days he had been on the cover of Time, and his most popular album was Time Out which included the memorable Take Five. It was that Time Out album (the original of which I still have) which attuned me to jazz in the years before the Beatles. I have told some of that... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Fatima al Qadiri

28 Mar 2022  |  <1 min read

When I first heard Fatima al Qadiri in 2017 I was thinking of how the music industry (or at least the PR arm of it) tries to get cut-through into the increasingly short-term atention span of the media ... and maybe by extension the people who actually might listen and buy the "product". Especially in the category of "world music".  This woman -- born in Senegal,... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Charlie Hunter

21 Mar 2022  |  <1 min read  |  1

Although I interviewed Charlie Hunter before a concert here I think this image of the jazz guitarist actually accompanied an article in Real Groove magazine. The year when that might have happened is lost to me. But Charlie was a big deal with a new generation because in addition to great jazz chops he covered contemporary material, among them Nirvana's Come As You Are  . . .... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Charles Lloyd

14 Mar 2022  |  <1 min read

Given that the Charles Lloyd album this was created for is a quiet affair, some explanation is needed of this chaotic looking collage. The album was Lift Every Voice and it has been a longtime Essential Elsewhere Album. But the art refers to the time of its creation, not the resulting music. The great saxophonist -- who had been acclaimed by the hippie/Age of Aquarius generation for... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Amiri Baraka

7 Mar 2022  |  <1 min read

I'm pretty sure the late Amiri Baraka (born LeRoi Jones in 1934, died 2014) wouldn't have like me. It might not have been personal, but as white writer sometimes passing an opinion on black jazz and blues I would have no place in his worldview. A poet and playright, social critic, advocate for black militancy and arts, essayist and much more, Baraka could be uncompromisingly blunt but... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Lee Hazlewood

28 Feb 2022  |  <1 min read

At the end of the Sixties during which he had become a household name for his duets with Nancy Sinatra, the singer-songwriter-producer Lee Hazlewood seemed to disappear. He went to Sweden where he continued to run his own LHI label, embarked on a number of duets with Swedish singers, recorded the albums Cowboy in Sweden and themed Trouble is a Lonesome Town, and more. Not much of which... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Richard Fariña

14 Feb 2022  |  <1 min read

The New York-based folk singer Richard Fariña was an interesting figure: right up until he got on a motorcycle in '66 and crashed. He'd been around the boho folk scene with the Baez sister Joan and Mimi (he married Mimi when she was 17, Thomas Pynchon was his best man) and released a couple of very decent albums and a fanciful autobiography. Joan Baez described him as... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Mills and McCartney

14 Feb 2022  |  <1 min read

Another example of "if the album doesn't exist, then let's make it". Both characters are real and were actually around Abbey Road studios at the same time. And McCartney being fond of banging the ol' johanna on pub songs, then why might he not hook up with the popular and populist Mrs. Mills? The coincidence of McCartney having been married to Heather Mills later in life... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Victor Young and Thom Yorke

31 Jan 2022  |  <1 min read

When Thom Yorke of Radiohead released his soundtrack to the new version of the old horror Italian film Suspiria, it was an opportunity to think about how soundtracks had changed over the decades. And Yorke's mate in Radiohead Jonny Greenwood had also written acclaimed soundtracks, so there were some interesting points of comparision and difference. None more so than thinking about... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Neil Young

24 Jan 2022  |  <1 min read

An image not as successful as I would have liked at the time (I was in a rush) but afterwards I warmed to the fact that it slightly more dislocated and dislocating than I had intended. That aspect suited the idea of Neil Young to me.  As even the most casual rock listeners must know, for the past couple of decades Young has been releasing numerous albums out of his archives (live... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Leo Ferre

17 Jan 2022  |  <1 min read

When I wrote a column Five French Albums I'm Surprised I Own I could just have easily made it 10, 20 or 30 albums. Or a few dozen singles, 10'' or EPs. As I mentioned, the School of Music library at the University of Auckland was downsizing and putting out boxes, literally dozens of albums at a time, of records it no longer needed. Free to a good home. My home as it turned out... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Vini Reilly of Durutti Column

10 Jan 2022  |  <1 min read

A few years ago I spent a lot of time listening through to new material and especially reissues by Durutti Column, the UK band lead by singer-guitarist Vini Reilly. I'd heard some of their late Seventies/early Eighties albums at the time but a reissue of them prompted me to go back again. Then not long after, by sheer chance, another Durutti Column album came to hand at random for... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . studio boffins

19 Dec 2021  |  <1 min read

Sometime in the very late Eighties I spent a day in an Auckland studio with a very well known dance-pop band. It was one of the dullest days imaginable. They had recorded their instrumental parts previously and this day was set aside to watch sine waves on a screen, shift them around, repeat them, and so construct their songs from the invisible (and sometimes even inaudible) parts.... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Rod Stewart

5 Dec 2021  |  <1 min read

Can't remember which Rod Stewart album prompted this, but when you write a jazz column you look for anything which will hook in passers-by who might otherwise recoil from the J-word. And Rod's album had a track titled Charlie Parker Loves Me . . . so Rod kickstarted a piece about Parker. By this time Rod had separated from his Kiwi-born wife Rachel Hunter so the idea of hauling her... > Read more