Gary Burden

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Gary Burden
BornMay 23, 1933
DiedMarch 7, 2018
Alma materUC Berkeley
Known forPop music album covers
Spouse(s)Jenice Heo

Gary Burden (May 23, 1933 – March 7, 2018)[1] was an American artist specializing in the field of album covers. He is considered as one of the pioneers of the concept of album cover art.[2]

At the age of 16, he joined the Marine Corps. He studied architectural design at UC Berkeley. In the 1960s and 1970s, he 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.[3]

His works were nominated for four Grammy Awards,[4] 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.[citation needed]

Burden collaborated with photographer Henry Diltz. In 2000 they made a documentary California Rock: Under the Covers, depicting their album cover works and participation in the Los Angeles rock scene.[5]

He was married to Jenice Heo.


  1. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (March 16, 2018). "Gary Burden, Designer of Famous Album Covers, Dies at 84". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2018-03-19. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  2. ^ Hale, Mike. "California Rock: Under the Covers". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-05.
  3. ^ Phelan, J. Greg (2003-11-06). "It's Got a Good Beat, But Where's the Cover?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  4. ^ Delatiner, Barbara (2002-04-21). "THE GUIDE". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-05.
  5. ^ Profile,; accessed March 11, 2018.

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