LED ZEPPELIN: Album Cover Designer Dies
Zacron, the designer of the Led Zeppelin 3 album cover, has died.
It has just been announced that the designer of the Led Zeppelin 3 album cover, Zacron, died in January. His estranged family just found out, which is the reason for the seven month delay in the announcement.
Born Richard Drew in England, he studied art with Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and other future members of The Yardbirds at Kingston College of Art between 1957 and '60. It was in 1969 that Page commissioned Zacron to design the album sleeve, which took him four months to do. A perfect example of why album sleeves are a long lost art, it features a rotating cardboard disc that revealed different images through holes in the sleeve as it was turned. While Page was responsible for the idea of the rotating wheel, he later said the sleeve looked “very teeny-bopperish.”