December 3, 2008

Guy Peellaert 1934–2008

Belgian pop artist Guy Peellaert, whose work includes album covers for the Rolling Stones and David Bowie, has died according to a report from Agence France Press.

Peellaert died Monday in Paris of heart failure. He was 74.

Peellaert created dozens of album covers, including David Bowie's Diamond Dogs, with its image of a male dog with Bowie's face and the Rolling Stones' It's Only Rock 'n' Roll. The Diamond Dogs cover, controversial because it showed the dog's genitalia, is considered a collectors' item because later versions were airbrushed over.

He designed posters for countless films, such as Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, Robert Altman's Short Cuts and Wim Wender's The Wings of Desire and Paris, Texas.

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