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Classic Album Art

Cover Front

The Doors - Strange Days

Hey! Hello! What about this?

Classic Album Art

release - 1967
album art - William S. Harvey
Joel Brodsky

cover front

The album cover, photographed by Joel Brodsky, depicts a group of street performers in New York (Inspired by the 1954 circus film 'La Strada') . The availability of such performers was low, so Brodsky's assistant stood in as a juggler while a random cab driver was paid $5 to pose playing the trumpet.A dwarf was hired, appearing on the front cover and the back cover.

However, a group shot of the band does appear on a poster in the background of both covers, bearing captions of the band and album name. (The same photograph previously appeared on the back cover of the band's debut album - also a 1967 album!) Because of the subtlety of the artist and album title, most record stores put stickers across the cover to help customers identify it more clearly.

cover back

Cover Back


sleeve sleeve

The sleeve depicts the bandmembers and the lyrics.

sniffen court


The location of the photograph is at Sniffen Court, a residential alley off of East 36th Street between Lexington and Third Avenue in Manhattan, New York.

However it seems that the front and back are one single shot, there's an overlap and the 'dwarf' is depicted twice.



The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore. They were unique and among the most controversial and influential rock acts of the 1960s, mostly because of Morrison's lyrics and charismatic but unpredictable stage persona. After Morrison's death on 3 July 1971 at age 27, the remaining members continued as a trio until disbanding in 1973.

The Doors released eight albums between 1967 and 1971. All but one hit the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum or better. By the end of 1971, it was reported that the Doors had sold 4,190,457 albums and 7,750,642 singles. The band had 3 million-selling singles in the U.S. with 'Light My Fire' and 'Hello, I Love You'.

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