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It was an exciting evening with Alan Aldridge as our guest at the Beverly Hills Women’s Club where he gave a presentation and signed copies of his books,?The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes: The Art of Alan Aldridge?and The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast.

For those of you who don’t recognize his name, you will certainly recognize his famous album covers and posters. Aldridge designed posters for the Rolling Stones; was best friends with Jimi Hendrix; and served as the creative director for the original Hard Rock Cafe and the House of Blues. He was also the Art Director for Penguin Books during the Swinging Sixties. Many attended the event with colorful Pucci attire and bell bottom pants.?

John Lennon dubbed Aldridge, “His Royal Master of Images.” Sting calls his work, “Timeless.” He was the man behind the design for Elton John’s Captain Fantastic album and Goodbye Cream where he shared with the group his challenge of getting the three band members, Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Jack Bruce together for the photo shoot.

Album Cover Artist Alan Aldrich and Julie Spira

Album Cover Artist, Alan Alridge and Julie Spira

Each of us were treated to a full page of a personalized design by the artistic master himself. Mine simply said, “For Julie, Give Peace a Chance,” with peace signs and a heart with the words inside, “All You Need is Love.”?.

His exhibition, “Tripping The Art Fantastic; The Illustrated Works of Alan Aldridge runs through May 13, 2009 at Mr. Musichead Gallery, 7511 W. Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Visit them at


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