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Deft Metal…

 

Since 1977, Christophe Szpadjel has designed over 7,000 logos for black metal bands around the world, including Emperor, Moonspell, Old Man’s Child, and Arcturus.  Now he’s applied his creative vision to Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and more…

Browse more of Christolphe’s “translations” at CoDesign’s “11 famous Companies Rebranded as Black Metal Bands.”

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As we reach for a bat, we might recall that it was on this date in 1968 that Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jone, and John Bonham–Led Zeppelin– signed with Atlantic Records.  Manager Peter Grant had flown to New York City in October, 1968 with the master tapes of “Led Zeppelin I” to meet Ahmet Ertegun, the label’s owner and founder, and his close colleague Jerry Wexler.  Unbeknownst to Grant, Dusty Springfield had already put in a good word for the group to Wexler while recording “Dusty in Memphis” the previous month. (Springfield was a friend of LZ bassist John Paul Jones, who had spent time as a member of her touring backup band.)

Atlantic had been devoted largely to blues and jazz, but had already had success with one former Yardbirds colleague of Jimmy Page’s– Eric Clapton and his group Cream– but Cream was falling apart and the label was looking for a replacement.  Ertegun and Wexler loved the tape, and offered a $149,000 advance.  Page had financed the album entirely, so had the final say; as it was the biggest deal of its kind ever offered a new band, he agreed.

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Written by LW

November 13, 2013 at 1:01 am

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