The Artist Behind The Artist
How much do you think [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Elton John[/lastfm] paid for the artwork used on the cover of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road?” Apparently, Ian Beck thinks it wasn’t nearly enough. In hindsight, he should have asked for WAY more! Ian is the artist who drew that famous album picture. Now, 38 years later, he wants his drawing back!!!
(Courtesy of Toronto Sun)
An artist who designed the iconic cover for Elton John’s album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has asked the star to return the original picture.
Ian Beck was paid $688 for his artwork which was used on the sleeve of the classic 1973 record.
He now wants his original piece returned – and he is convinced the Rocket Man is in possession of the picture.
Beck tells Britain’s Daily Mail, “I did the cover for Elton’s label Rocket Records. Elton loved it and it was a very successful album… I think Elton kept the cover work… So if you are listening, Elton, I would like the Yellow Brick Road back, please, because I created it.”
A spokesman for Sir Elton tells the publication, “I have no idea whether Elton has it, but presumably if he does, he paid for it so it is his; $688 was a hell of a lot of money back then. A bit weird, isn’t it, to ask for something back 38 years later?”