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In Search of Barney Bubbles

Mark Hodkinson goes in search of the truth about one of the most influential and enigmatic of graphic designers, Barney Bubbles, who changed the way record sleeves looked.

Mark Hodkinson goes in search of the truth about one of the most influential and enigmatic of graphic designers - Barney Bubbles who changed the way record sleeves looked.
Barney Bubbles worked with some of the biggest names in popular music in the 1970s and 80s. He created album sleeves of cryptic intricacy, giving a depth of detail that was new to the medium. But he hardly ever signed his work and often operated under obscure pseudonyms, so his creations are still being uncovered.. With some difficulty as Barney took his own life nearly 20 years ago.
Mark Hodkinson speaks to Barney's family and colleagues to uncover his genius and the reasons for his tragically early death.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and repeated as part of our celebration of Pop Art.

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30 minutes

Last on

Fri 28 Aug 2015 02:00

Music Played

  • Hawkwind

    Space is Deep

    • Masters of the Universe.
    • not known.
    • not known.
  • Billy Bragg

    A NEW ENGLAND

    • BACK TO BASICS.
    • COOKING VINYL.
    • COOKCD-060.
  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads

    Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

    • THE VERY BEST OF IAN DURY & THE BLOCKHEADS.
    • PAPILLION RECORDS.
    • 7243 5-22888 2 3.
  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    Olivers Army

    • THE VERY BEST OF ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS.
    • DEMON RECORDS.
    • DPAM-13.
  • Depeche Mode

    New Life

    • Best Of: Volume 1.
    • Mute.
    • 001-001.
  • Nick Lowe

    I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass

    • JESUS OF COOL.
    • DEMON RECORDS.
    • FIEND CD-131.
  • Pink Floyd

    Cymbaline

  • HAWKWIND/DAVE BROCK

    Hurry on Sundown

    • Yule Ritual: Live at the Astoria.
    • Hawk Records.
    • HAWK-VP19CD.
  • Nick Lowe

    I LOVE MY LABEL

    • Jesus of Cool.
    • Demon Records.
    • FIEND CD-131.
  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads

    What A Waste

    • Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.
    • DEMON FIEND.
    • CD-69.
  • Killing Stars

    Obituary

    • When the Light First Fell.
    • Pure Science.
    • not known.

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