Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Great Album Covers: Live/Dead

Far from the stereotypical psychedelic motifs the band is known for, the cover for the Grateful Dead's landmark Live/Dead is rich with details and oblique, almost medieval symbols. The woman rising from a wooden coffin seems Christian, right down to the red and white cross on the right, but the middle symbol, closely inspected, is a triangle inside a square. What's more, the tip of the tincture she's holding has a Star Of David on it.

Note the incredible detail in the leaf-like patterns of the backgrounds. Note the way the coffin casts a shadow yet the woman does not. Sure, this could just be to make "Live" legible, but it could also be that she's a ghost or spirit of some sort.

I think I'm putting too much thought into this. Pass the cookies, man.

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