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Nick Egan

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Nick Egan
Nick Egan at work in his studio in Los Angeles
Born (1957-07-04) 4 July 1957 (age 67)
London, England
Occupation(s)Film director, artist
Notable workBob Dylan – "Biograph", INXS – "Kick", Oasis – "Live Forever", Alanis Morissette – "You Oughta Know", Duran Duran – "Ordinary World", "All You Need Is Now"
SpouseAnn Haugen

Nick Egan (born 4 July 1957 in London, England)[1] is a British visual design artist and director of music videos, commercials and film. He graduated from the Watford College of Art and Design with a DGA in 1976.[2] While attending college, he created cover art for the singles "White Man In Hammersmith Palais" and "Tommy Gun" for The Clash and T-shirt design for the single "Sheena is A Punk Rocker" for The Ramones. His first chart topping album cover was Dexys Midnight Runners' 'Searching For The Young Soul Rebels'. He collaborated with former Sex Pistols manager and fashion entrepreneur Mr. Malcolm McLaren,[3] for whom he designed the album cover for Bow Wow Wow's 'See Jungle'. His longtime partnership with McLaren McLaren led the art direction of McLaren's own inventive albums; Duck Rock and 'Fans'. Egan relocated from Britain to New York, where he created cover art for legendary artists like Bob Dylan[4] and Iggy Pop.[5] Egan also art directed books; John Lennon Listen To These Pictures[6] by Rock-n-Roll photographer Bob Gruen and Bob Dylan's Drawn Blank.[7]

Art direction in fashion[edit]

In the early 1980s during London's thriving Piccadilly fashion scene, Egan designed much of the graphic material for Vivienne Westwood's 'Worlds End' clothing line and later art-directed her fashion shows in London and Paris. In New York he continued his exploration in fashion by designing the label for the first collection by Marc Jacobs. The name of the collection was 'Sketchbook'. In addition to art directing Jacob's early fashion shows, Egan's collaboration with Jacobs would continue through the designer's meteoric rise in the fashion business. Additionally, the pair later collaborated on a Sonic Youth video "Sugar Kane", which featured actress Chloë Sevigny in one of her first ever appearances in front of the camera. Egan is presently designing T-shirt prints for retailers Superfine Jeans and 2K Creative.

Video and film director[edit]

With the advent of MTV, Egan facilitated his artistic shift into film work through the direction of music videos, the first of which was Iggy Pop's "Real Wild Child". After a period of working with INXS on their multi-platinum 'Kick' and 'X' albums, he relocated to Los Angeles where in time he solidified his place as one of Hollywood's premier music video directors earning among other distinctions, a nomination for an MTV Music Video Award (Soup Dragons, 'Divine Thing'). He went on to direct close to one hundred music videos for many of the top names in the music industry including INXS, Oasis, Duran Duran, Sonic Youth, Kylie Minogue, Belinda Carlisle and Mick Jagger. A May 1997 article in Promo Magazine referred to him as 'his MTVness'. Egan moved into the commercial arena, directing TV spots for such brands as Coca-Cola, Levi's, Nike, Nintendo and Sony PlayStation. Nick's first feature-length film was 'Red Light Runners' starring; Michael Madsen, Harvey Keitel, Roy Schneider, and Crispin Glover. Filming was halted mid production.

Awards and accreditation[edit]

  • Bow Wow Wow's 'See Jungle' ranked No. 10 in 'The 100 Best Album Covers' (Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 1999).[8]
  • College reference book 'Designing For Music' (published by Spencer Drate, 1992) refers specifically to the work of Nick Egan.[9]
  • MTV Video Music Awards 1992 nomination for best alternative video: The Soup Dragons 'Divine Thing', 1992[10]
  • MTV Video Music Awards 1993 nomination for best cinematography: Duran Duran 'Ordinary World'[11]


Select 45 rpm single cover design[edit]

Egan with a copy of The Clash's single 'White Man In Hammersmith Palais'

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Merchandise and branding design[edit]

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  3. ^ a b Bromber, Craig (1989). The Wicked Ways Of Malcolm McLaren. pp. 247, 251, 256, 260, 271, 273, 284–285.
  4. ^ "Bob Dylan - Empire Burlesque". Discogs.com. Retrieved 11 April 2023.
  5. ^ "Iggy Pop - Blah-Blah-Blah". Discogs.com. Retrieved 11 April 2023.
  6. ^ Listen to These Pictures. Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd. 1985. ISBN 0-283-99290-5.
  7. ^ Dylan, Bob (1994). Drawn Blank. Random House. ISBN 0-679-41788-5.
  8. ^ a b Powell, Aubrey; Thorgerson, Storm (1991). The 100 Best Album Covers. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 0-7513-0706-8.
  9. ^ a b Drate, Spencer Drate (1992). Designing For Music.
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  13. ^ a b c d e Drate, Spencer Drate (1992). Designing For Music. p. 92.
  14. ^ Drate, Spencer Drate (1992). Designing For Music. p. 91.
  15. ^ a b c Drate, Spencer Drate (1992). Designing For Music. p. 95.
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  19. ^ ""All You Need is Now" Music Video - Duran Duran". Duranduran.com. Retrieved 11 April 2023.
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  24. ^ "Nick Egan Videography". Mvdbase.com. Retrieved 11 April 2023.
  25. ^ "Malcolm McLaren - Duck Rock". Discogs.com. Retrieved 11 April 2023.
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