During in a recent interview with New York Post, 74-year-old artist George Hardie (who designed that cover art of Led Zeppelin’s self-titled debut album would rethink using such a picture of the 1937 Hindenburg disaster) has shared the story behind how he created the cover art.
Here’s what George Hardie tells:
“A lot of people died. If you ever see a film of that event, you hear people screaming . . . I should have thought more about it — I would now.”
“Actually, though, it was Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page’s idea to use the image, which is based on a renowned photo by Sam Shere taken at the site of the explosion. Hardie had presented another concept, depicting a zeppelin in the sky, but it was flatly rejected.”
“It was just literally put to one side and Jimmy Page said, ‘No, here’s what I want.’ And he opened a book to show me the photograph.”
“Nor did Hardie imagine — with those first pen strokes of the cover he was paid about $76 for — that Led Zeppelin would get a whole lotta love.”
“Everyone was terribly excited and told me they were gonna be very important, but I didn’t know that. I didn’t know enough about music.”
According to Wikipedia, Led Zeppelin’s front cover features a black-and-white image of the burning Hindenburg airship, photographed by Sam Shere in May 1937. Click here to more details.
Click here to source of the statement. You can see the original photo and Led Zeppelin’s cover art below.