KOSH – About Kosh from Gavin Woodward on Vimeo.


Kosh rose to prominence in the 1960s designing for the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera in London. As art director of Art & Artists Magazine, he met with John Lennon and Yoko Ono towards the end of the decade. He became the creative director at Apple Records and was responsible for design, promotion and publicity for The Beatles working in London, Toronto and New York. His clientele expanded to cover the cream of the British rock bands including The Rolling Stones, The Who, Humble Pie, etc. He handled John Lennon’s crusades including the War Is Over campaign and prepared the infamous Abbey Road and Who’s Next? album covers among many others. Kosh became well known in the London avant garde art scene designing and producing exhibitions, posters and books. After garnering several awards with the London Design & Art Directors Club, he was elected to the British D&AD Jury before moving to Los Angeles. A seven-time Grammy nominee, Kosh has won three of the coveted awards. He served as faculty member of Otis Parson’s Institute of Art and on the Board of Governors of the National Recording Academy. A display of his more prominent graphics has been exhibited at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Kosh’s client list has included Apple Corps, A&M Records, Irving Azoff, Beatles & Co., Capitol Records, Columbia Records, Decca Records, Disney Studios, CNN, EMI, Fox Television, Frontline Management, HK Management, MCA, MGM, NFL (he designed the Super Bowl XXI logo), The Royal Philharmonic, Sony Records, United Artists, Universal Music and Warner Bros., Records.

Artist/clients include Aerosmith, Gregg Allman, Jimmy Buffett, Badfinger, Cher, Carole King, Chicago, Eric Clapton, Mark Bolan & T-Rex, Fats Domino, Donovan, Bob Dylan, the Eagles (including Hotel California – voted Rolling Stone’s No.6 ‘Best Album Cover of all Time’), Electric Light Orchestra, Danny Elfmann, Dan Fogelberg, Marvin Gaye, Gypsy Kings, Emmylou Harris, Don Henley, Kronos Quartet, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Melissa Manchester, Bette Midler, Steve Miller, Moody Blues, Martin Mull, Randy Newman, Dolly Parton, Tom Petty, Pointer Sisters, Billy Preston, Richard Pryor, REO Speedwagon, Linda Ronstadt (Kosh directed all her graphics from 1974-95), Bob Seger, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Phil Spector, Spinal Tap, Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Lily Tomlin, Joe Walsh, Barry White, Frank Zappa and 10,000 Maniacs.

Kosh has collaborated with and directed noted photographers in the rock world including David Alexander, Bob Blakeman, Henry Diltz, Annie Leibovitz, Gered Mankowitz, Aaron Rapoport, Herb Ritz, Ethan Russell, Norman Seefe and Jim Shea.

Susan Shearer and Kosh formed Ten Worlds Productions, Inc. They directed sequences for the Emmy winning documentary The MGM Story for Turner along with the 1992-1998 Billboard Award telecasts for Fox. As production designers on Showtime’s six hour documentary, Sex and the Silver Screen with Raquel Welch, Kosh and Shearer recreated the lighting and film techniques of the 1920s through the 1960s.

Ten Worlds designed the Warner Bros.75th Anniversary Show and achieved critical acclaim for The Last Days of Kennedy and King for TBS along with the ten-hour documentary, 100 Years—100 Movies for the America Film Institute and CBS. Ten Worlds designed California Connected, a dynamic, weekly news program for PBS stations throughout California and Masters of Production for PBS nationwide, chronicling the great Hollywood movie production designers.

Ten Worlds Productions produced and directed an highly successful, 13-part series of DECLASSIFIED documentaries for the History Channel. Subjects included John Lennon v. the INS, Fidel Castro v. the Mafia, the Tet Offensive, The Rise and Fall of The Berlin Wall and revealed controversial new material about Charles Lindbergh, Joseph Stalin, and World War1. Primarily aimed at a younger demographic, these shows interviewed US presidents, top echelon politicians past and present—all overlayed with rarely seen archival footage, innovative graphics and searing heavy metal soundtracks composed by long-time friend and rock legend, Blackie Lawless. Ten Worlds is currently developing an animated series with brilliant comedian, Lewis Black. TWP currently has a full roster of on-going projects with the indefatigable Jimmy Buffett and is presently engaged in pre-production for a series of reality TV shows and rock docs.

In 2009, the British Post Office (Royal Mail) issued commemorative stamps recognizing the Beatles and their album covers. Two of them were Kosh’s: “Abbey Road” and “Let It Be.”

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kosh and http://www.tenworlds.com