We have a look back at the fascinating tales behind some of our favourite album covers.
Celebrated political and countercultural fimmaker Emile de Antonio’s documentary about the Vietnam War, In the Year of the Pig, was incredibly controversial when it was released; it came out at the peak of the conflict in 1968, and was nominated for an Oscar the following year.
One of its enduring images was of young Marine Corporal Michael Wynn, who had scrawled the dictum ‘Make War Not Love’ on his helmet. For The Smiths’ second album, the band decided to repurpose the image with the record’s title, Meat Is Murder, in place of Wynn’s words. It became the English group’s only album to hit #1 in the UK during their career, and remained in the charts for 13 weeks.