Rock Album Designer Wilkes Dies
Music photographer and art director TOM WILKES, who designed album covers for the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and George Harrison, has died. He was 69.
Wilkes died after suffering a heart attack on 28 June (09) in Pioneertown, California according to his daughter, Katherine Wilkes Fotch.
He designed album covers including the Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet, Dave Mason’s Alone Together, George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh, Neil Young’s Harvest, Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs & Englishmen, and Janis Joplin's Pearl - which he shot just hours before the singer's fatal drug overdose in 1970.
Marking another moment in rock 'n' roll history, Wilkes - hired by the Mamas and the Papas manager Lou Adler - designed what became iconic imagery for a pioneering music festival in 1967. Posters for the First Annual Monterey International Pop Festival - which took place two years before Woodstock - promoted acts including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Otis Redding, among others.
In addition to his daughter, Wilkes is survived by a brother, Dennis, and three grandchildren.