July 11, 2009

Tom Wilkes: 1939-2009

Tom Wilkes, designer of classic album coverds is dead at 69. He took the photo of Janis Joplin for her Pearl album a few hours before shed died of an overdose.

Tom Wilkes, a Grammy Award-winning art director and album cover designer whose work included albums for the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Neil Young and other music legends, has died. He was 69.

Wilkes, who was diagnosed with a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) in 1999, died of a heart attack June 28 at his home in Pioneertown, Calif., said his daughter, Katherine Wilkes Fotch.

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