Remembering Neville Garrick: The Artist Behind Bob Marley’s Legendary Album Art work

by Howard Campbell

LOS ANGELES – Neville Garrick, who designed a few of Bob Marley’s excellent album artwork, died in Los Angeles on November 14 at age 73. In an announcement, his household gave most cancers as the reason for dying.

Garrick designed a lot of the jackets for Marley’s Island Information albums, beginning with Rastaman Vibration in 1976. That cowl, of Marley in contemplative temper sporting a army jacket, was chosen this yr as quantity 22 on Billboard Journal’s Finest Album Covers Of All Time.

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In a 2001 interview with Eye Care Journal, Garrick mentioned his Rastaman Vibration design opened many doorways for him.

“After that, if anybody had any enter it was Chris (Blackwell, proprietor of Island Information). Bob often left it as much as him – he felt Chris knew extra about advertising. As soon as Chris mentioned, ‘Yeah, that was nice,’ it was straightforward for me, I didn’t must undergo the Island Information artwork division and fear about anybody else approving,” he recalled.

Born in Kingston, Garrick attended the College of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) the place he studied artwork. Returning to Jamaica within the early Seventies, he grew to become artwork director on the Every day Information newspaper.

He met Marley in 1974 by way of Alan “Talent” Cole, his classmate at Kingston Faculty in Jamaica. Cole was the singer’s private supervisor and inspired him to present Garrick an opportunity at designing his merchandise.

Along with designing covers for Marley albums similar to ExodusKayaBabylon by BusConfrontation and Survival, Garrick created the backdrops for the Rastafarian artist’s reveals.

 Neville Garrick was additionally designer for album covers by Bunny Wailer (Blackheart Man), Peter Tosh (Needed Dread or Alive), and Burning Spear (Man within the Hills). Plus, Metal Pulse (Earth Disaster and Babylon the Bandit), and Rita Marley (Harambe).

Shortly after Marley’s dying in Might, 1981, Garrick was made first president of the Bob Marley Basis. In 1999, his e-book, A Rasta’s Pilgrimage: Ethiopian Faces and Locations, was launched.

Garrick was in Kingston final March, appearing as a marketing consultant for Bob Marley: One Love, the Paramount Footage film about Marley’s rise to worldwide stardom. In August, he was awarded the Order of Distinction, Jamaica’s sixth-highest honor.