Heavy metal fanfare for photo by Robert Yarnall Richie

Van Halen Album Cover

The rock band Van Halen trained a heavy metal spotlight on DeGolyer Library when it chose a Robert Yarnall Richie photograph for the cover of its comeback album, "A Different Kind of Truth." The dramatic angle on a Henry Dreyfuss-designed New York Central locomotive used for the album cover is among 10,000 photos in the DeGolyer's Richie collection. The library's connection to the photo garnered substantial local media coverage when Van Halen played in Dallas in June, and the story was picked up by the music community. Mentions appeared on Hair Metal Mansion – an online site dedicated "to the glory days of 1980s rock and metal" – and Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles, a multichannel outlet for the "metal community." A selection of Richie images may be viewed online at