Alex Steinweiss: Honoring the Father of Modern-Day Album Covers

You know you’ve reached a career pinnacle when an award is named after you. So it was only fitting that the Alex Award, created for excellence in entertainment package design, was named after Alex Steinweiss, the father of modern-day album covers. Although familiar with his work, Grammy Award-winning art director Kevin Reagan admits he knew very little of the artist’s life when asked to present a lifetime achievement award to him at the inaugural Alex Award ceremony in 2003.
The two soon became friends, and Reagan, fearful that a generation of iTunes listeners would never appreciate the man responsible for classical album designs, decided to pay homage to the artist with a career retrospective book, "Alex Steinweiss: The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover," an extensive collection of Steinweiss’ artwork spanning six decades. More: LA Times

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