Last month The Unfortunates lost a dear friend and occasional collaborator: Rex Ray. Rex was known internationally for his incredible collage work, his Fillmore posters, book covers and his record sleeves for Diamanda Galas and David Bowie amongst others. He was gracious enough to design two record sleeves for me, including the original lithograph sleeve for our album ‘The Fates.’
I met Rex in the Summer of 1995 at Recycled Records on Haight Street in San Francisco. I was terribly enamored by his (admittedly moth-eaten) Sparks t-shirt of mid-70’s vintage. There started a smashing friendship.
Rex was funny, whip-smart and a great aesthete. I loved him and will miss him. His encouragement was indispensable to me in times of doubt.
‘The Fates’ by Rex Ray 2013.