The album is listed as number 479 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
The work above is a vertical flip and mirroring of the cover art. The band's name and album title were kept upright but in shuffled positions.
I got it - it was done to make fun.
It's a photograph by Joel Brodsky of Barbara Cheeseborough.
He is credited with photographing over 400 album covers, among them by The Doors, Isaac Hayes and Van Morrison.
She was a Philadelphia-born fashion model who was known for promoting an Afrocentric style and who appeared on Essence Magazine's first cover in May 1970. wikipedia
Photograph by Joel Brodsky; artwork design by Graffiteria/Paula Bisacca; art direction by David Krieger.
The model is Barbara Cheeseborough.
Album produced by George Clinton. Westbound 1971.
“Maggot Brain.” The very name connotes ugliness, vileness, and disgust.
Considering the front cover art depicting a black woman up to her neck in dirt screaming in agony
and the back cover of said woman’s head now a skull, maybe that’s what George Clinton and his merry band of funksters wanted —
to get inside your brain and melt it into a pile of steaming funk. Solid Grooves
in agony and back cover showing the same woman’s head, now become a skull. Why, it’s almost as creepy as the cover of Herbie Mann’s Push Push,
on which Herbie shows off his ghastly lubed-up chest pelt for reasons I don’t care to speculate about. And the same goes for Maggot Brain.
Then again, what do you expect from a band that entitles an LP Maggot Brain in the first place? P-Funk was a crazy-eyed crew of
acid-gobbling freaks, and on LSD everything seems like a grand idea. The Vinyl District
(A) Maggot Brain - Can You Get to That - Hit It and Quit It - You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks
(B) Super Stupid - Back in Our Minds - Wars of Armageddon