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I met with the band’s singer and song-writer Adam Duritz at the Geffen Records office on Sunset Blvd. in 1993. We spoke for about an hour and he said the band was signed mainly because of his writing, not his singing or the band’s outward persona. I thought that was interesting and asked him if he could give me some of his hand-written lyrics to try out some ideas for a cover design for this debut album. I started off by scanning the lyrics and tweaking the color and then, on an overlay, I wrote “Counting Crows” straight out of the ink bottle with the eyedropper. I wrote the title with a dipping pen. Once again, you never know when you are doing “the next big album”, but August and Everything After has since sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

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