As previously reported, Neil Young and Crazy Horse will reinterpret a number of classic folk tunes on forthcoming album aptly titled Americana. Continuing in this modern twist on traditional American pastimes and culture, Young has enlisted iconic contemporary artist Shepard Fairey to create accompanying images for the LP, which is set for a June 5 release on Warner Brothers.
According to the New York Times, Fairey and Young worked closely together to choose the right pieces of art. Fairey would digitally send drafts of his work to the storied musician, who then picked his favorites for inclusion—one piece of art for each song. The 11-track album concludes with “God Save the Queen” (the traditional British version, not the Sex Pistols’) and the Times described Fairey’s accompanying work as “depict[ing] the Queen and Betsy Ross sewing a combination of British and American flags” with text that reads, “God save the land of liberty.”
Although none of Fairey’s art for Americana has hit the internet yet, Young plans on using the images in stage designs, album art and music videos. Additionally, the original works will be on display in Los Angeles’ Perry Rubenstein gallery on June 1 for a one-off private viewing event.