Rush Celebrate 40 Years of Album Artwork With New Book
The Rush discography is full of beautiful album covers, and artist Hugh Syme has been there every step of the way. On May 1, he's getting his due with a new book, The Art of Rush: Serving a Life Sentence.
Syme, who's been responsible for the band's artwork since 1975's Caress of Steel, sees his work collected in a 272-page coffee table book that includes analysis from author Stephen Humphries and interviews with Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart — as well as the artist himself, whose distinguished list of credits also includes work for Megadeth, Whitesnake, Iron Maiden, Queensrÿche and Aerosmith.
"From the first time Hugh and I met, we shared a level of communication that would sustain us through all the years of discussing art by long distance," says Peart in a press release announcing the book. "We had the same values and tastes in images and design, and simply spoke the same language. That's why I offhandedly referred to him one time as ‘serving a life sentence as my art director.’"
The Art of Rush: Serving a Life Sentence will be published in three versions: the Classic Edition, a signed and numbered Special Edition that's being produced in a limited 250-copy run and the extremely scarce Roadcase Deluxe Limited Edition, which consists of 100 copies that have been signed by Syme and the band and bound in a custom slipcase with a signed lithograph and metal-plated casing. Pre-orders begin March 27, and can be placed through the band's Backstage Club online store.
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