- "A wonderful book, and sure to make a great Holiday present for the music or album cover
- “Columbia Masterworks was the name of the label that Steinweiss designed for numerous covers. And such is this book, a masterwork.”
Alex Steinweiss. The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover, Art EditionEdition of 100Seven-color serigraph print, 33 x 33 cm (13 x 13 in.), hardcover volume in slipcase, 39.6 x 33 cm (15.6 x 13 in.), 422 pages1800Edition: English, French, German Availability: In Stock
Art Edition of 100 copies with original signed serigraph print, The Firebird Suite
Alex Steinweiss. The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover, Art Edition1800
Music for the Eyes
The man who launched the Golden Age of album cover design
Over three decades, Steinweiss made thousands of original artworks for classical, jazz, and popular record covers for Columbia, Decca, London, and Everest; as well as logos, labels, adverting material, even his own typeface, the Steinweiss Scrawl. He launched the golden age of album cover design and influenced generations of designers to follow. Less well known—but included here—are his posters for the U.S. Navy; packaging and label design for liquor companies; film title sequences; as well as his fine art. Includes essays by three-time Grammy Award–winning art director/designer Kevin Reagan and graphic design historian Steven Heller; Steinweiss’s personal recollections from an epic career; and extensive ephemera from the Steinweiss archive, most of it never before published.
This Art Edition comes with an original signed seven-color serigraph print, The Firebird Suite, originally conceived as cover art for the 1957 Decca Records LP release of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet of the same name.
The father of record design is Alex Steinweiss, who in 1940, at the age of 23, single-handedly invented the album cover. He made thousands of classical, jazz, and pop covers for Columbia, London, Decca, and Everest; and his modern designs graced the packaging, logos, and covers of dozens of distilleries, film studios, and magazines; earning him an AIGA Medal and the Art Directors Hall of Fame lifetime achievement award.
Kevin Reagan is a triple Grammy Award–winning art director, also honored by AIGA, Print, and Communication Arts. As former art director of Geffen, MCA, and Maverick, he designed packages for Madonna, Beck, Sonic Youth, and many others. He lives in Los Angeles.
Steven Heller has produced over 200 books on visual communication and published countless articles in international design magazines. Currently he is cofounder and cochair of the MFA Design program at the School of Visual Arts, New York.
Alex Steinweiss. The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover, Art EditionEdition of 100Seven-color serigraph print, 33 x 33 cm (13 x 13 in.), hardcover volume in slipcase, 39.6 x 33 cm (15.6 x 13 in.), 422 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-0843-8Edition: English, French, German
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