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Don Randi Trio +1 at the Baked Potato, Poppy Records, 1971.
July 20, 2013

Hot potato

By: bethkleber

No one ever talks about the ways in which graphic designers risk their lives every day. In 1971, Milton Glaser set fire to his own painting of a burned potato to create the visually arresting Poppy album cover for the Don Randi Trio +1. In high concept style, Glaser had photographer Peggy Barnett shoot the burning painting at every step of its destruction. It’s yet another example of Glaser exploring the space beyond the borders of the paper or canvas (here and here).


Six panels of color photography showing the progression of a painting of a potato being set on fire and burning


 
Peggy Barnett’s photos of Glaser’s burning painting from Milton Glaser: Graphic Design (Penguin Books, 1973).

Keyboardist, bandleader, and songwriter Don Randi is also the owner of the LA jazz club, the Baked Potato.



 
Don Randi Trio +1 at the Baked Potato, Poppy Records, 1971.


 
Don Randi Trio +1 at the Baked Potato, Poppy Records, 1971.