Ed Thrasher was born and raised in Southern California. After serving in the Navy during the Korean War, he studied art at the Los Angeles Trade Tech College and County Art Institute.
He was hired by the Capitol Records art department prior to finishing school. He spent seven years at Capitol and rose to the position of Head Art Director, before being lured away by the then-fledgling Warner Bros Records.
In 1964, as the company’s Art Director, he helped built Warner Records into one of the largest and most successful companies in the recording industry. With twelve Grammy nominations for album packaging, including one win and just about every other award there was in his field, Ed left Warner Records in 1979 to form Ed Thrasher and Associates, an advertising company that created the art for such films as Prince’s Purple Rain and Mel Gibson’s Mad Max.
Ed’s vast photographic library consists of such artists as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jimi Hendrix and Barbra Streisand.
Ed passed away in 2006.