50 years of the birth of Heavy Metal, 50 years from Black Sabbath’s debut album. The band’s first album made history and is still an influence to thousands of fans around the world until today. And the album has beautiful and spooky cover, with some kind of witch in it.
And the woman from the photo is still alive and making electronic music nowadays under the name of Indreba.
Hear one of her songs below:
In her teens, she was living at Livingstone and photographer Keith “Keef” Macmillan chose her in part because she was just five feet tall. What would make the scenery around her look bigger.
The photographer opted for Oxfordshire’s Mapledurham Watermill because it fit the band’s sound in his opinion.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Louisa said about Black Sabbath cover:
“I remember it was freezing cold. I had to get up at about 4 o’clock in the morning. Keith was rushing around with dry ice, throwing it into the water. It didn’t seem to be working very well, so he ended up using a smoke machine.
“It was just, ‘Stand there and do that.’ I’m sure he said it was for Black Sabbath, but I don’t know if that meant anything much to me at the time.”
“To be honest, it was the first time I really enjoyed that kind of heavy rock. But that album made me a fan for life.”
The photographer talked about the session:
“She wasn’t wearing any clothes under that cloak because we were doing things that were slightly more risqué, but we decided none of that worked.
“Any kind of sexuality took away from the more foreboding mood. But she was a terrific model. She had amazing courage and understanding of what I was trying to do.”
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