Album Cover Art Wednesday: Gilberto Gil

Brazil week continues with the cover of the eponymous second album by the great Gilberto Gil.

I stumbled into the cover on Mr. Google and found this swell description by Camila Cornelsen:

Gilberto Gil’s second studio album is one of the symbols of Tropicália, the Brazilian artistic movement that arose in the late 1960s and formally ended in 1968. Despite the cultural effervescence, there was also a defeatist sense. When it was released, Brazil was under dictatorship for four years already. Antônio Dias, visual artist, David Drew Zingg, photographer, and Rogério Duarte developed the graphic design for the cover. Two words are central to the proposed visuality: the pop and the debauchery. The cover is totally irreverent. In the spotlight, Gil gives us a serene look when he wears the uniform of the Brazilian Academy of Letters.

Here’s the cover:

Here’s the whole damn album:

One thought on “Album Cover Art Wednesday: Gilberto Gil

  1. Nowadays he’s probably entitled to wear that uniform: under the Lula administration, Gil was appointed to lead the Ministry of Culture.

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