[Original post below by Kenneth FitzGerald. Migrated from discussion at a private forum.]
This doesn't seem the direction the discussion is going but when I was first invited to discuss authenticity, music, and design, I thought of album covers. (However, I'll take any excuse to think of LPs.) I began outlining a (possibly) heretical argument: that the musicians themselves do the best album covers. I'd first point to the package represented above, Public Image Ltd.'s 2nd LP, Metal Box, my candidate for best cover of all time, and devised by the band. From there, I'd insist that the firstthreeband-designed Talking Heads sleeves were superior to the more famous M&Co.productions. The comtemporary proof would be the work of "Tchocky" (amongst other monikers.) The question: is the artwork created by the musician(s) more authentic than something designed apart?