Remember album covers? If not, please do not read any further. Some of those covers were like portals into another world, which we would stare into until a freaky-looking bird's full-lipped beak started to look like a talking hand beneath Elton John's piano-riding tuxedo… Whoa, better stop right there. Alan Aldridge was the artist who designed album covers and posters for the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and, yes, a certain Brown Dirt Cowboy. He became creative consultant to Apple Corps, and John Lennon even dubbed him “his royal master of images.” Dude's got a new book, The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes, featuring some of his most famous artwork, plus his notorious Chelsea Girls poster; images from his children's book The Butterfly Ball; and graphics made for the Hard Rock Cafe, the House of Blues, and The New York Times. Aldridge signs and maybe shares a tale or two.

Wed., March 11, 7 p.m., 2009

LA Weekly