Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Logo #54: Sopwith Camel
Designed by German collage artist Wilfred Sätty for Sopwith Camel's 1972 LP, "The Miraculous Hump Returns From The Moon." Sätty (April 12, 1939 - January 31, 1982), a contemporary of other San Francisco graphic artists, stands almost unknown today; a brilliant lost artist from those halcyon hippie days. Compare. Contrast. A deeply fascinating memorial site can be found here. This cornerstone (or footnote, depending) of underrated psychedelia was remastered by the band last year; a new album drops in November. But go read up on poor Sätty and cry a little, because in the deathless words of Charles Bukowski, "Somebody said / "Well, shit." / and that's / what it was."