Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Wow, I just heard the news that Alton Kelley died on June 1, 2008, coincidentally the day after I mentioned him in my last post. He was 67 years old.
Alton Kelley was well known among Deadheads as the creator of unique artwork for album covers, posters and playbills. Often collaborating with Stanley Mouse, the pair were known not only for their work for the Grateful Dead, but they also did work for The Steve Miller Band, Wings, Journey, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, the list goes on and on.
In an interview last year for the San Francisco Chronicle, Alton said, "So much of the things are done by computer, I don't know really where to place that. Most of the things I've seen done, the entire things are done on computer and what you end up with is a disc. I'd rather have a painting on my wall than a disc".
He did a lot of really cool collages, which of course I personally find of interest. I especially like this one featuring Janis Joplin.