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One of the most famous post-war artists of all, Andy Warhol produced some of music’s most iconic album covers. Teri Saccone discusses his lasting legacy with Warhol expert Paul Marechal


He’s known for creating some of the most recognisable album artwork of all time, not least his groundbreaking Sticky Fingers and The Velvet Underground & Nico sleeves, yet Andy Warhol designed a catalogue of more than 50 album covers for everyone from Artie Shaw to Diana Ross and dozens of others.

Provocative and prolific, Warhol’s art was deceptively clever, while also unashamedly commercial. His prophecy that “Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes” endures.

Born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1928 into an impoverished Czech immigrant family, Warhol would become a celebrated artist, publisher, filmmaker and cultural icon. He started out as a commercial illustrator, but his burning desire was to become a legitimate artist.

His mid-50s art contemporaries were abstract expressionists such as Rothko and Pollock, but Warhol was the antithesis of these tormented souls; his work was accessible, non-elitist and ubiquitous.

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Issue 24 of Long Live Vinyl is now on sale! Join us as we uncover vinyl’s great lost albums – the 40 essential bootlegs and live records that never got an official release. From David Bowie to Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Kraftwerk, Amy Winehouse, Jay-Z and The Beatles, don’t miss our definitive guide. Elsewhere this issue, Mercury Rev tell us about revisiting Bobbie Gentry’s lost classic, The Delta Sweete, and we speak to Julia Jacklin and Fun Lovin’ Criminal Huey Morgan about their brilliant new albums. 1980s pop mastermind Trevor Horn talks us through the 10 records that shaped his remarkable career, we meet the punk labels who are redefining the future of vinyl, celebrate Warp Records’ 30th birthday, look back at the work of the great Andy Warhol, and pay tribute to our Classic Album – The Flying Burrito Brothers’ The Gilded Palace Of Sin. If all that’s not enough, you’ll find the most comprehensive range of new album, reissue and gear reviews anywhere on the newsstand.