Monday, August 27, 2007

Bookshelf: For the Record

For the Record: The Life and Work of Alex Steinweiss by Jennifer McKnight-Trontz and Alex Steinweiss (plus an introduction by Steven Heller) is a beautifully illustrated history of Steinweiss's album cover design (a concept he invented in 1938, at the age of 23––before this all albums came in plain brown wrappers). As the publisher's blurb says, "(t)he Steinwiess style went hand in hand with the golden age of jazz, classical, and popular music dominated by Columbia, RCA, Decca, Victor, and London Records." Beautiful and innovative design, and another one to add to the book list.
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