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.”