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Posts Tagged ‘Muhammad Ali’

How George Lois Got Andy Warhol Into That Can of Soup

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Not to be missed is this week’s edition of “Studio 360,” a conversation between the Muhammad Ali-rapping George Lois and the Martha Stewart-skewering Kurt Andersen (although we imagine the “Studio 360″ editing team had to do a fair amount of snipping since Lois can’t speak more than 10 words in a row without one of them being ass, shit or motherfucker).

They spend a lot of time chatting about the blurring line between ads and art, but the highlights are Lois’ stories about designing covers for Esquire, including the story behind the Andy Warhol cover above. Lois’ impression of Warhol when telling the story about asking him to pose for the shot is absolutely priceless. He also manages to get in at least two “design students today don’t know how to draw” jabs. Warhol, for the record, could draw, according to Lois.

A slideshow on the show’s site offers more musings by Lois on specific covers (all PG-rated, of course, but you can use your imagination). Pick up Lois’ new book, Iconic America: A Roller-Coaster Ride through the Eye-Popping Panorama of American Pop Culture for a taste of his racier side.

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Annie Leibovitz Captures the African Conversation for Vanity Fair

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In an unprecedented effort by Vanity Fair, 20 different covers of the July issue hit newsstands today for their Africa issue, featuring famous peeps having a “conversation” about the continent as shot by Annie Leibovitz. Feast your eyes on the slideshow: Barack Obama, Muhammad Ali, Queen Rania of Jordan, Bono, Condoleeza Rice, George W. Bush (Surprise! But excellent coordination ensured he was paired with safe Condi and Tutu to prevent his eyes from being clawed out), Desmond Tutu, Brad Pitt, Djimon Hounsou, Madonna, Maya Angelou, Chris Rock, Warren Buffett, Bill & Melinda Gates, Oprah, George Clooney, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Iman and Don Cheadle.

Although we’re not gonna go into the politics of the pairings, a few poses definitely caught our eye (even though it sounds like they were patched since VF published Leibovitz’s shooting schedule):

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Chris Rock whispers sweet stock tips in Warren Buffett’s ear; Barack Obama definitely has Don Cheadle’s vote, and perhaps his undying affection.