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For the Record: The Life and Work of Alex Steinweiss Paperback – August 1, 2000

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Jennifer McKnight-Trontz is a writer and designer living in south Florida whose books include Hang in There!, How to Be Popular, Yes You Can, and The Good Citizen's Handbook.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568982240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568982243
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,845,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wish there was some way to stop Steven Heller from repeating the falsehood that Steinweiss "invented" the illustrated album cover. He has taken the fact of when Steinweiss did HIS first illustrated cover and taken it to mean that it was THE first illustrated cover. There had been a series of nearly 100 illustrated album covers on Decca Records for nearly six years BEFORE Steinweiss's first cover. And even before that, Show Boat and Blackbirds of 1928 on Brunswick had illustrated covers. Other companies had used illustrated album covers. RCA Bluebird had children's albums with illustrated covers, the Bubble Books were completely illustrated children's record albums going back to the World War One era, and many other examples I can name and show. Calling Steinweiss the "inventor" of the modern illustrated album cover is a factual error, but Stephen Heller just keeps on and on and on publishing new books and articles repeating this falsehood, convincing people who have no first-hand knowledge of record albums that this is a fact. Steinweiss is a talented, wonderful, inventive artist, but all he did was convince Columbia to compete with the well established, long running series of illustrated album covers that Decca had been using for many years. He did not "invent" the concept of the illustrated album cover, he did not create the first illustrated record album, he just changed the attitude of HIS company, and then created some wonderful art. Isn't that good enough? This is a beautiful book, but is flawed because of the overreaching claim of priority that seems to have overwhelmed the other reviewers.
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By A Customer on December 20, 2000
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This book does credit to a great man. Steinweiss was a true artist and a pioneer. The man created the concept of album cover as art. McKnight-Trontz does a masterful job of celebrating the artist through dazzling illustrations and informative, entertaining narrative. The casual reader will enjoy this book, as will the academic: it's all there between the brilliant covers (Steinweiss design - of course); it is the individual reader's choice as to how deep he or she wants to delve into this fascinating subject of a true twentieth-century art form.
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I would happily have awarded this marvellous book 5-stars were it not for the fact that most of the album cover images have been badly cropped. 'Nuff said.
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Steinweiss was lucky enough to be given carte blanche after he "invented" graphic design for records. 10 years later people started to limit his freedom and genius with marketing arguments (necessity of pictures on the cover, and so on...). I wish i had lived in those times.
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