American rock album cover artist, Gary Burden, Died at 84

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Gary Burden was born in 1933 and died in 2018.

He was an American artist specializing in the field of album covers.

Burden was considered as one of the pioneers of the concept of album cover art.

At 16 years old, Gary joined the Marine Corps. He studied Architectural Design at UC Berkeley.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Burden designed covers for many rock stars, such as Mama Cass, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Joni Mitchell, The Doors, The Eagles and Jackson Browne.

He created album covers for Neil Young for 35 years.

Gary Burden works were nominated for four Grammy Awards, and, at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2010, he won the award for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Packaging for the Neil Young The Archives Vol. 1 1963–1972.

Naturally, the titles of creative director, art director and designer are mutually shared amongst Gary Burden, Jenice Heo and Neil Young who collaborated throughout the design process.

He has also collaborated with renowned photographer Henry Diltz.

During 2000 they made a documentary California Rock: Under the Covers, depicting their album cover works and participation in the Los Angeles rock scene.

Burden was the creater of Matt Corby’s album cover Telluric in 2016.