The Animals Made Famous By Rock ‘N Roll: An Illustrated Guide

We have illustrated animal books to help children learn the alphabet, why not teach people about Rock & Roll the same way? These adorable illustrations by Tracy Worrall were commissioned by Dorothy, a UK design firm based in Manchester as a Rock ‘N Roll Zoo. Featuring 77 animals who have been made famous through Rock ‘N Roll Lyrics, the adorable collection can be purchased as one big print, individually, or in themed sets of 4. If you’re a Beatles fan, maybe you’d prefer the 3 piece set which features Rocky Raccoon, the Walrus (I am the Walrus), and Blackbird all in a 12″ record sleeve.

What Was Happening Outside the Border of Famous Album Covers? Very Strange Things.

Album cover art used to be a key part of any music purchase, and even though the era of CDs and vinyl is largely gone, those carefully crafted images can still transport us back to the day we first took a listen.

But what if those album covers weren’t telling the full story? The folks at Aptitude recently imagined what was happening outside the borders of famous covers… and it turns out our favorite musicians were as wild as we hoped.

Charting the Beatles: Nerdy Designs Indulge in Obsessive Minutia about the Fab Four

John Lennon transformation

For the past three years, Pop Chart Lab has been producing stellar infographics on a ridiculous range of subjects. Graphics include such topics as beer, kitchen utensils, and superpowers. PCL’s business goal reads, “to render all of human experience in chart form.”  Last week, the Brooklyn based company released Volume 3 in their series of infographics about the Beatles, completing a nice little set.

Vintage Prints From Beatles’ Yellow Submarine

In celebration of the Beatles’ 50th anniversary 50by70 has published the first ever set of fine art prints of the colorful illustrations from the classic 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine. The prints come with a booklet written by Simpsons writer and producer, Josh Weinstein, whose career in animation was inspired by this film. Sounds like the perfect gift for the animator or Beatles’ fan who has everything!

Abbey Road Gets A Live Webcam!

Few if any street crossings can claim the same world renown as the one on Abbey Road. The famous “zebra crossing,” known for gracing the cover of the Beatles 1969 album Abbey Road, has become something of a pilgrimage for fans the world over. They arrive daily to capture similar pictures of themselves crossing the street in iconic Fab Four fashion, sometimes by themselves, sometimes in groups numbering in the hundreds. Now Abbey Road Studios, the building credited with most of the Beatles albums and single recordings (along with many acts like Pink Floyd and Badfinger) has installed a live webcam facing the famous street crossing.

Charting the Beatles Notable Instruments

These beautiful illustrations by Oliver Barrett depict the legendary Beatles and their most notable instruments. “I chose to create complex portraits of each member from my favorite era of their careers,” he says. “In addition to the portraits, I depicted each member’s array (or lack of in Ringo’s case) of instruments through vector silhouettes.” Barrett is a desinger and an illustrator who hales from Cleveland, Ohio. Say hi to him on twitter and take a look at his flickr account.