Alex Steinweiss. The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover, Art Ed. - Reviews

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“Columbia Masterworks was the name of the label that Steinweiss designed for numerous covers. And such is this book, a masterwork.”— Jazzpodium, Berlin, Germany
"A wonderful book, and sure to make a great Holiday present for the music or album cover
aficionado."
— booksoup.com, Los Angeles, United States
«Un ouvrage somptueux rend hommage à Alex Steinweiss, le graphiste américain qui a introduit "l'artwork" sur les pochettes de disques vinyles.»— Le Matin, Lausanne, Switzerland
"Columbia Masterworks was the name of the label that Steinweiss designed for numerous covers. And such is this book, a masterwork."— Jazzpodium, Berlin, Germany
“In Alex Steinweiss: The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover, you'll discover all there is to know about the man who created 'music for the eyes'...this book not only shows you Steinweiss' album designs but also his lesser known works: logos, packaging and label designs, film title sequences, his fine art, an essay by design historian and co-chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Designer as Author Program, Steven Heller, recanting Steinweiss' personal stories of his epic career- and all those coveted never before published images that we'd all like to see.”— The New Order Magazine, New York, United States
"Claro que tiene que funcionar el vínculo con la música que existe dentro, formar una sólida cadena de connotaciones. Pero cuando ese milagro se da, cuando tal cosa sucede para mí que la carátula de un disco es una máquina de sueños. Si somos afortunados, la imagen de portada no se quedará en un encantamiento mercantil sino que conformará una esencia que impregna la música y, si las hay, las letras. Una cápsula que conduce a otro espacio-tiempo mitad sugerido, mitad probado más tarde por el sonido que brote del estéreo. Algo que va más allá de una presentación, que sitúa la música en un plano donde se fantasean las historias de las canciones y se idealiza la composición, la grabación y el sentido último de cada cosa. Una herramienta para construir mitos. Esa alfombra mágica en su máximo esplendor sigue consistiendo en un cuadrado de cartón, en principio casi siempre delimitado a un área de 30 x 30 centímetros, superficie codificada por tanto donde probar la sustancia de la que están hechas las músicas que hay dentro. Su descubridor o inventor fue Alex Steinweiss (o “Piedra Blanca”) quien, allá por 1939, consiguió que sus jefes de Columbia sustituyeran los sobres de papel kraft donde se metían los discos (todavía breves 78 revoluciones, aún no los long plays microsurcados) por fundas a todo color. Contaba con 94 años cuando falleció el pasado mes de julio pero le dio tiempo a comprobar el homenaje que la siempre oportuna TASCHEN le brindó con un libro The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover que compendiaba toda su carrera, cuando estaba a punto de pasar al olvido."— El Cultural de El Mundo, Madrid, Spain
“Kevin Reagan teamed up with TASCHEN in 2009 to produce Alex Steinweiss: The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover, an exhaustive survey of his covers and other graphic design. At 422 pages, measuring 39.6cm x 33cm, it is possibly the largest design monograph published.”— Eye Magazine, London, United Kingdom
“'He's the grandfather of album art. Without him, I don't know whether (the industry) would have evolved in the same way at all,' says Tommy Steele, a Grammy-winning former Columbia Records art director.”— Dazed and Confused, London, United Kingdom
“Ignoring the clanging death knell of the physical media, TASCHEN are celebrating the great man's work with a luxurious compendium that focuses on the sparkling jazz, pop and classical covers he produced before 1962, when rock and roll swept in an heralded the age of the photographic cover.”— Word Magazine, London, United Kingdom
“Alex Steinweiss is justly remembered for the way he brought Columbia's records out of themselves. He managed to make Beethoven look like Pink Floyd, Xavier Cugat like a Disney film, and Louis Armstrong like Kanye West...TASCHEN's book is stupidly, prohibitively expensive to most, but it's still lovingly put together. The sleeves are the stars, but wonderful factory line-style photos and evocative shots of Steinweiss with his lifelong geau, smoking cigars, always wearing suits, fills it out in style.”— Record Collector, London, United Kingdom
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Alex Steinweiss. The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover, Art Ed. (Collector's Edition)

Alex Steinweiss. The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover, Art Ed.

Alex Steinweiss, Steven Heller, Kevin Reagan
Hardcover in slipcase with print in portfolio, 15.6 x 13.0 in., 422 pages
$ 1,800
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
Availability: In Stock
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Alex Steinweiss. The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover (Collector's Edition)
Alex Steinweiss. The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover
Hardcover in slipcase, 15.6 x 13.0 in., 422 pages
$ 1,000

The man who launched the Golden Age of album cover design. Limited edition of 1,500 copies