Gary Burden, the Grammy Award-winning artist who designed the covers of classic albums like Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, the Doors’ Morrison Hotel, Joni Mitchell’s Blue, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s Déjà Vu and more, has died. He was 84.
Young, with whom Burden collaborated for decades, shared a lengthy tribute on the Neil Young Archives website. “My friend for life, Gary was my art director, creating album covers with me for almost 50 years, beginning with After the Gold Rush and ending with Paradox and Roxy, my next two albums,” he wrote.
“I still have some covers for unreleased albums that we made together,” Young continued. “They are coming. We probably made 40 covers. I lost count. In the last twenty, thirty or so years, Gary has worked alongside his talented and beautiful wife, Jenice, at R. Twerk & Co, as we have continued on a life-time of making album covers, laughing, loving acoustic music and so many other things. My heart is heavy.”