'60s Album Art That Won't Fade Away

Rock 'n' roll may be here to stay, but that memorable old LP cover art of yore sure isn't. Think of the intricate artwork on the cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), now stuck in the basement to fade and mold away. The art on compact-disk jewel boxes is too small to be appreciated as easily.

Seeking a niche in the booming rock-nostalgia market, ex-disk jockey Denny Somach, 41, has brought out signed lithographs of old album art. "Otherwise, if you want to know in the year 2002 what Sgt. Pepper looked like, you'd have to go to a museum," says Somach. Last year, he formed Musicom, based in Havertown, Pa., and set out to peddle the art via home-shopping channels and music stores.

Prices vary. For the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers album cover (1971), for instance, the 250 to 300 lithographs complete with handwritten autographs likely will go for $2,000-plus each. For Sgt. Pepper or others with only machine-printed autographs, the price is $150 to $250.

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