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In the summer of 1991, Christopher Benton
an art assistant position at Alternative Press
, a little-known,
Cleveland-based, black-and-white newsprint fanzine. By the end
of that summer, due in part to a na´ve bravado, he became the
magazine's art director and hasn't stopped since. As he geeked-
out over art and photos for over 250 issues, Alternative Press
became the full-color, glossy, pop-rock monster it is today. Now,
as its creative director, he's seen just about everything—great
and gross—the rock-publishing world could muster, and most
likely, wouldn't have it any other way.
has been art directing and designing
music packaging for more than 20 years. In 2005, she won
a Grammy award for "Best Recording Package" for Aimee
Mann's "The Forgotten Arm" and was nominated again
in 2008 for Mann's "@#$%&*! Smilers." She has worked
with photographers Anton Corbijn, Mary Ellen Mark, Ross
Halfin and Mark Seliger, among others, for artists as varied
as Aerosmith, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Ralph Stanley and
Megadeth. Her recent work has been featured in Print
magazine's Regional Design Annual and Varoom! magazine.
She is currently the creative director at Roadrunner Records
in New York City and has a lifetime gig renovating a 145-year-
old church on the Hudson River in upstate New York.
is an A&R (artist & repertoire) for Sony
Music Entertainment Canada Inc., based out of the head
office in Toronto. Fujiki heads up A&R operations for the
company, overseeing the domestic artist roster, artist
development and the creative process. He has worked with
an array of artists, crossing many genres, including Bedouin
Soundclash, Michael Rault, Young Empires, No Warning,
Sloan, The New Cities, Treble Charger, Classified, Our Lady
Peace, Mnisota and Canadian Idol, to name a few.
is the associate art director at The Village
and an expert photo editor who specializes in music
photography. He's been in the business since 1976.