The Sad True Story Behind the Painted Cover of Jethro Tull's "Aqualung"

Robert Silverman - son of painter Burton Silverman - speaks about the sad history behind one of rock’s most famous album covers, Jethro Tull’s Aqualung.

“Seven million copies of Aqualung have been sold over the last five-odd decades and the cover has become one of the most recognizable in rock and roll history. But [Burton Silverman]’s earnings had a hard cap. In 1971, Terry Ellis, the co-founder of Chrysalis Records, paid him a flat $1,500 fee for the three paintings which would comprise the album’s artwork, consummating the deal with nothing more than a handshake.”


A Shout-Out from Alan Cross!

“These fake band posters scream to be used by real artists”
- Alan Cross

Huge thanks to Alan Cross of The Ongoing History of New Music for giving my work and Fake Band Posters a shout-out in his newsletter, A Journal of Musical Things !

You can read the full article HERE !
And, if you happen to be a musician and you’re looking for someone to create your album, merch or poster artwork, drop me a line and let’s work together!

Fake Band Posters ARE now live on Etsy!

Good news everyone!
For those looking to purchase original prints of your favourite fake band posters, my Etsy store is now finally live and fully stocked! Every single one of my original fake band posters is available, as well as original event posters for the Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary Air Guitar Championships. All posters are 11x17” and printed on 150lb matte card stock - and they’re ALL only $10 each!

If you’re looking to buy more than one and would like to save some coin, I will happily sell three (3) for $20, four (4) for $30, or five (5) for $40. Basically just purchase how every many you like and let me know in a note the extra one you’d like thrown in for FREE! Get yours today!