If you love the artwork on Rush albums almost as much as you love the music made by the Canadian trio, you’re in luck: you can pre-order The Art of Rush, a coffee table book detailing how artist Hugh Syme designed the group’s album art.
In the early days, Syme carefully hand-crafted elements for album art. Today, he can use digital tools to help create imagery. As Rush drummer Neil Peart said in describing how Syme makes his art, “the tools got easier, but the thinking doesn’t.”
The 272-page book is filled with not only art, but also interviews with Syme and Rush members: Peart, bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson and plenty of anecdotes, including ones about how the band’s The Starman image was created, as well as finding a brain for Hempisheres and rabbit wrangling for Presto.
The book, which retails for $99, is available for pre-order. Pre-orders also include an exclusive R40 Record Flat designed by Syme.